Meet Katie Jourdan
Meet Katie Jourdan
Promoting healthy behaviors among high school students in Oceana County.
Katie Jourdan is from Saranac, MI, a very small town east of Grand Rapids. After high school, Katie attended Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with only the knowledge that she wanted to help people in her future career. While trying to find her passion, she attended a general education class called Healthy Lifestyles and instantly fell in love with the field of health education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Public Health Education/Health Promotion and Spanish along with a minor in Nutrition. Enjoying the field so much, she pursued a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in the area of Health Behavior and Health Education.
Katie gained diverse experience through volunteer and intern experiences in public health, including being a crisis line counselor, health education intern, youth development intern, mentor for teens, and Boys and Girls Club educator. Katie’s first job as a health educator was with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians near Battle Creek. She served primarily as nutrition and fitness educator. The tribe gave her a wealth of experience, not only in health education, but also in the teachings, traditions and beliefs of the Potawatomi people. Katie left the tribe in 2012 to pursue her dream job – working in adolescent health – with District Health Department #10 in Oceana County.
Since joining DHD#10, Katie has fallen in love with Oceana County – the people, the landscape, and the community. Katie does a lot of community education, including in-school programming for Oceana schools in the areas of sexual education and substance abuse prevention education. She is the advisor to an extraordinary group – The Oceana Prevention Partnership for Change (TOPPC) youth committee. The TOPPC youth is a group of high school students from the four high schools in Oceana County working to promote health and prevent risky behaviors among their peers. She also serves as facilitator for the adult and youth advisory committees of Shelby Adolescent Health Center located in Shelby Middle School, serving Oceana County residents ages 10-21. Outside of Oceana County, Katie is the Family Planning and Sexual Health Outreach Lead and Intern Coordinator for all of DHD#10’s ten counties.
Currently, Katie lives in Ludington, but definitely thinks of Oceana County as home! She spends much of her free time hiking in Ludington State Park, doing yoga, traveling, and eating donuts (mostly in moderation).