Linda Smith Lowe is a public policy advocate specializing in health issues at Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP). A former health planner, Linda has worked for over 30 years (now part-time) as the Health Policy Specialist for Georgia Legal Services Program focusing on Medicaid and other health programs and issues for low-income Georgians. At GLSP her work includes policy analysis, training for attorneys and other legal workers, consultation on individual cases and on major litigation, and administrative advocacy.
Linda also has extensive experience in legislative advocacy, having played a key role in the passage of important health-related legislation and budget initiatives such as Medicaid eligibility and service expansions, the PeachCare for Kids Program, the “drive-through” childbirth prevention law, managed care consumer protections, and amendments to state welfare reform legislation. She represents nonprofit groups such as Families First and the Ga. Breast Cancer Coalition at the state Capitol.
Because of her expertise, Linda is a frequent speaker on health issues, has served on many state task forces, and is consulted regularly by health officials, journalists and researchers. She belongs to several organizations working for universal health care and serves on the boards of Georgia Women for a Change and Georgia Health News. She was a founding board member of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and a founding board member and officer of the HealthCare Georgia Foundation. She also teaches a short course in advocacy at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University for CDC staff . She has received numerous awards in recognition of her advocacy work.
Linda is a near-native Georgian and earned a B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Urban Studies from Georgia State University. She lives in Ormewood Park with her husband Jim Coonan.