Paul A. Buescher, PhD
Paul Buescher grew up in Mississippi and attended graduate school in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1971 to 1977, specializing in demography and statistics. He worked at the State Center for Health Statistics in the North Carolina Division of Public Health for nearly 30 years and retired as the Director in 2009.
While working in many areas of health statistics, he specializes in maternal and child health issues and has published many papers in peer-reviewed journals related to his work in state government. Since 1991 he has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is currently an adjunct professor.
Since retirement in 2009, Dr. Buescher has engaged in part-time consulting work and is currently a consultant to the UNC Carolina Population Center on the birth records component of the Add Health Survey.
Honors and AwardsNational Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Award for Effective Practice at the State Level
2004, Coalition for Excellence in MCH EpidemiologyLeaders in Government Award for Eliminating Health Disparities
2003, North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Project Director, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a random telephone survey of North Carolina adults, 1999-2003 and 2005- 2009.
Project Director, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a postpartum survey of women, 1996-2009.
Co-Principal Investigator, North Carolina Community Health Assessment Initiative. Cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enhance local community health assessment activities in North Carolina, 1997-2003.
Since his retirement from state government in 2009, Dr. Buescher has stayed very active and engaged in volunteer work and in continuing education at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at N.C. State University in Raleigh.
Dr. Buescher worked part time as a consultant on two projects from 2010 to 2013. He was a consultant to the Cancer Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a project to link census tract level data to cancer case records for multi-level data analysis. He was also a consultant to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. on a project to update national WIC evaluations that were done 20 years ago.
PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
BA, Sociology, Louisiana State University, 1971