Grad Student Highlight: Lewis Jordan

On February 17, 2014 by Grad Forum

Lewis Jordan and his mom in San Francisco over Christmas break

Lewis Jordan is currently a graduate student at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI); he will be graduating in June with his master’s in public health. He is originally from Rockford, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in kinesiology in 2011. He also received a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from The Commonwealth Medical College before coming to Dartmouth.

In 2009 Jordan took part in a medical mission trip to Huancayo, Peru with a small group of fellow students; this trip had a significant impact on his future academic and career plans. During the trip Jordan worked in a pediatric clinic in a very resource-poor hospital, and volunteered at a center for abandoned children. He also helped deliver a baby via Caesarean section. The trip gave Jordan a new perspective on health and health care, and strengthened his motivation to become a physician. A main factor in Jordan’s decision to come to Dartmouth was TDI’s strong curricular focus on studying the global barriers to quality health care.

While working on his master’s degree, Jordan spent two years doing research on stress-induced obesity in mice. His current research interests are in the areas of investigating barriers to quality health care and health policy. Since coming to TDI, Jordan has further explored the extent of health disparities and unwarranted variation in health care in the United States, including socioeconomic and racial barriers to accessing quality health care.

Jordan is currently serving as the vice president of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) of TDI. The SAC is TDI’s student-run governing committee. This has been a very exciting experience for him. It has allowed him to interact with his peers and become more involved with the inner workings of TDI. Jordan has built a very diverse circle of friends since coming to Dartmouth, which has provided him with a lot of support. He has gained an appreciation for the Dartmouth experience and New England culture.

Jordan plans on attending medical school in the future, and plans to dedicate his summer to volunteering and traveling. He also plans on continuing his current internship work with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, where he will be using health and demographic data to prepare a proposal to open a grocery store in an area that is considered a food desert, while working hand in hand with the department to positively impact health policy.

by Hannah Woods

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