Julia Lothrop serves as the Acting Regional Director and Executive Officer in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) for the Region VI Office of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Regional Office is responsible for the implementation of Secretarial and Departmental initiatives in a five-state region serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 68 Federally recognized tribes.
Prior to this, Ms. Lothrop was Special Assistant to the Consortium Administrator for Survey & Certification and Quality Improvement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During her time with CMS, she assisted with the Medicare national immunization campaign, served as a member of the original Medicare Part D enrollment team, assisted with rural initiatives and served as public affairs specialist.
Ms. Lothrop began her federal career as an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist for the Office of the Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ms. Lothrop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After an internship with AARP, she was employed as Director for the Southwest Society on Aging.
As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology and Geriatric Services at UT Southwestern Medical Center, she served as the Education Core Director and Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant to develop health care professional materials for a national Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ms. Lothrop and her husband have a grown daughter and son.