Jason Lochmann (’19) has joined the Louisiana Department of Health as an Adolescent Health Coordinator. In addition to a Master of Public Service, Lochmann earned a concurrent Master of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
"This September, I’m excited to begin work with the Louisiana Department of Health-Office of Public Health-Bureau of Family Health-Adolescent School Health Program and Southeast Louisiana AHEC as the Adolescent Health Coordinator, overseeing program development for the state's 63 school-based health centers,” Lochmann said.
The Adolescent School Health Initiative was enacted in 1991 under Governor Buddy Roemer. The Office of Public Health (OPH) facilitates and encourages the development of comprehensive School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in public schools. The purpose of a SBHC is to eliminate barriers to learning by providing convenient access to primary and preventive physical and behavioral health services for students who might otherwise have limited, or no access to health care.
“In my role I'll also assist with evidence-based policy creation and revision, and I hope to fortify key community partnerships by grounding our program activities in local Louisiana context,” Lochmann said. “I'm excited to put my MPS-MPH skills to use - particularly my graduate experiences in data analysis and program evaluation – and I couldn't be happier to live and work in the city of New Orleans!"
Additionally, Lochmann will receive an Emerging Scholar Award from the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network in September for his work as a Clinton School student with Dr. Christina Standerfer on a statewide health communications project.
Along with fellow Clinton School graduate Brian Wegner, Lochmann and Standerer will present their work for the Ninth International Conference on Health, Wellness, and Society at UC Berkeley in September.
“I know that my community-based research with Christy, coupled with her exuberant recommendations, made me a standout candidate for the job,” Lochmann said. “I owe her and the school a debt of gratitude.”
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