Ms. Lou Schmitz has over 26 years of service in Indian healthcare and public health. Her areas of experience in Indian country include health department management, electronic health record implementation, health programs planning and design, community-based participatory research, public health emergency preparedness, healthcare reform, intergovernmental collaboration, quality assurance, data management, and grant development. She has designed and successfully implemented programs and quality assurance measures for various clinical, prevention, and community health services.
Ms. Schmitz served as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for a Washington Tribe for 10 years and provides Training and Technical Assistance to Tribes on Public Health Emergency Preparedness. She was one of the original Tribal health department representatives to collaborate in developing the Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement in 2010.
As a NextGen Certified Professional and NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert, Ms. Schmitz managed the implementation of a health information management system for a Washington State Tribe, receiving the National NextGen Best Practice Award for Excellence. She also led a tribal program’s successful efforts to be among the first group of Medicaid Eligible Provider Incentive recipients in Washington State.
Ms. Schmitz is an alumnus of the University of Washington School of Public Health Graduate Certificate Program, and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. She is an Affiliate Instructor for the University of Washington School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.
Lou is the lead consultant for the AIHC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness projects, a member of the AIHC’s team of Affordable Care Act consultants, serves as AIHC webmaster, and provides technical support to the various AIHC projects.