Paul Buescher


Adjunct Professor 
Maternal and Child Health

Curriculum Vitae


2713 Peachtree Street
Raleigh 27608
T: 919-696-0744


1971  Louisiana State University  BA, Sociology

1973  UNC-Chapel Hill  MA, Sociology

1977  UNC-Chapel Hill  PhD, Sociology

Research activities

Paul A. Buescher is Director of the State Center for Health Statistics in North Carolina, which has about 65 employees, including the Health and Spatial Analysis Unit, the Central Cancer Registry, the Birth Defects Monitoring Program, the Statistical Services Unit, and the Operations Unit. He has participated in and published many studies during his twenty-seven years at the State Center, especially ones related to maternal and child health. Paul serves as project director for the CDC Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in North Carolina. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the UNC School of Public Health and a Research Fellow with the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and also an alumnus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

 Key Publications

Buescher PA, Whitmire JT, Plescia M (2008)
Relationship between body mass index and medical care expenditures for North Carolina adolescents enrolled in Medicaid in 2004.
Preventing Chronic Disease: vol.5, p.

Buescher PA, Mittal M (2006)
Racial disparities in birth outcomes increase with maternal age: recent data from North Carolina.
North Carolina Medical Journal: vol.67, p.16-20.

Buescher PA, Gizlice Z, Jones-Vessey KA (2005)
Discrepancies between published data on racial classification and self-reported race: evidence from the 2002 North Carolina live birth records.
Public Health Reports: vol.120, p.393-8.

Buescher PA, Horton SJ, Devaney BL, Roholt SJ, Lenihan AJ, Whitmire JT, Kotch JB (2003)
Differences in use of health services between white and African American children enrolled in Medicaid in North Carolina.
Maternal and Child Health Journal: vol.7, p.45-52.

Buescher PA, Horton SJ, Devaney BL, Rohold SJ, Lenihan AJ, Whitmire JT, Kotch JB (2003)
Child participation in WIC: Medicaid costs and use of health services.
American Journal of Public Health: vol.93, p.145-50.