Why I work with HCM
My passion for community health and helping improve the health outcomes of underserved communities has led me to a career focused in research, programs and services that are beneficial to diverse populations. My time spent working in biomedical labs and managing research awards helped me recognize how much clinical research expands the scope and opportunities we have in healthcare. We’ve made so many strides in discovering new treatments as well as new ways to detect, diagnose and reduce the risk of disease and continue to do so every day. Through each new study, policy and program, we move closer to improving health status and creating opportunities that allow everyone to enjoy life and pursue their life plans.
As a senior associate for the health innovation team, Jana-Lynn Louis serves as the program administrator for HCM Strategists’ work with the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program, focusing on project funding and engagement efforts with communities historically underrepresented in biomedical research.
As a first-generation American, Jana-Lynn learned through personal experience how cultural norms, health literacy and discrepancies in access to health care gives rise to differences in the health status among various groups of people. Motivated to eliminate these preventable disparities, Jana-Lynn became a passionate advocate for equitable access to health care and education through a lens of cultural competency. She is dedicated to spreading understanding and awareness of quality health care as an essential building block of life.
Before joining HCM, Jana-Lynn was a senior program associate for the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she coordinated the portfolio management activities for the program as well as research initiatives in targeted clinical areas.
In addition to a variety of internship experiences at organizations such as the National Park Service and the Personalized Medicine Coalition, Jana also held a staff position with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins University, where she worked on developing new immunotherapies for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Jana-Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakwood College, and both a master’s of public health degree in health policy and a certificate in public health marketing and communications from George Washington University.