Interview with Victoria Vanhoesen From the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health at the NYS DOH

Photo VickiDOH

What is your role within the New York State Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program?

I am the Data Manager for the New York State Family Planning Program within the Bureau of Women, Infant, and Adolescent Health.  In this role, I am responsible for oversight of data processing, analysis, and evaluation for the Comprehensive Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program.  I also compile performance measures, such as the use of effective contraception and outreach, to monitor and improve program performance.  Additionally, I provide oversight and management for the Family Planning Annual Report (FPAR), and oversight of the Family Planning Program Data Management and Information System.

You are new to the Bureau of Women, Infant, and Adolescent Health. Tell us a little about your background and the experiences that got you to where you are now.

Prior to coming to the New York State Department of Health, I was employed at the New York State Department of Transportation in the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Section for nearly six years.  I have a diversified educational background, with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, an M.A. in Economics, and an M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling. As a part of my educational curriculum, I also volunteered at a suicide prevention center hotline and interned at Community Maternity Services and St. Catherine’s Center for Children.

What do you like most about your job?

Even though I have been with the Family Planning Program for less than two years, I like the people I work with and the work that I do.  I am still learning new aspects of the program and I enjoy hearing about the progress that the agencies are making in the field.