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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.

Current Topic


05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Recent Topics


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?

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