Economics, MPA Alum Contributes to LDHH Award Win

11/27/2013 12:16 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Ryan Bilbo and Secretary Kathy Kliebert accepted the Vision Award on behalf of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The award, presented at the 2013 Esri Health GIS Conference, is given to an organization that has gone beyond the traditional use of geographic information systems within a health or human services organization. The conference, held Oct. 14-16, was attended by health and human service leaders from several states and countries.

Bilbo is a two-time alumnus of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, having earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2003, and his Master of Public Administration from the LSUMPA Program in 2009.

“DHH received the Vision Award for our ongoing efforts that were highlighted in Secretary Kliebert’s presentation at the conference, ‘GIS: Not Just About Maps, How Data Visualization Changes the Health Business,’” Bilbo said.

According to Bilbo, at the conference, attendants are given the opportunity to collaborate with fellow attendees and industry leaders, explore essential technology for health and human services, give feedback and receive technical guidance.

The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide its undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to understand the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research and the Journal of Macroeconomics, two highly regarded academic journals, are edited within the department. For more information, visit or call 225-578-5211.

The Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 42-hour degree program that emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and healthcare organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PAI’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally-recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013