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Calder Lynch
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Policy Advisor

Calder Lynch is the Policy Director and Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He has spent over four years as part of the executive management team at the Department, where he participated in shaping DHH policy priorities, with emphasis on Medicaid delivery and financing reform.

Lynch’s primary responsibilities include policy development, strategic communication, policy analysis, and project management. Calder is currently leading the Department's response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He previously led policy efforts during the successful integration of pharmacy benefits into Louisiana's Medicaid managed care program, called Bayou Health. Calder also currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Healthcare Commission.

A Covington native, Calder earned his degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He has been accepted into the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Executive Masters of Science – Health Administration (MSHA) program, scheduled to begin this fall.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Elwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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