April 26, 2012. The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program builds future leaders who will make a difference in the health of rural and other underserved communities in North Carolina. The Fellowship supports the work of outstanding individuals early in their careers who share Jim Bernstein’s vision, commitment and passion for access to respectful and effective care, and local ownership of health care by the communities it serves.
During the Fellowship, Fellows are paired with mentors, health care leaders and local state agencies, university programs, non-profit organizations and community groups to improve access to quality health care. Fellows are expected to share their experiences with their employers, peers, and rural health and primary care organizations.
“I’m very excited to be chosen as a Bernstein Fellow,” shared Lipscomb. “I am planning to create a sustainable community-based behavioral intervention for migrant workers through a collaboration with the local behavioral health community and graduate programs, while utilizing public health models.”
The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellowships are awarded annually to health professionals early in their careers who are working in rural and underserved North Carolina communities. A key feature of the Fellowship is to design, implement and evaluate a community-based project in collaboration with the community to be served. Funding for the Fellowship is provided by the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund, which raises funds through the Annual Jim Bernstein Dinner.
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