The Herbert J. Winokur, Jr. Fellowship in Public Health for the Mississippi Delta (“Winokur Fellowship”) is available for one or more opportunities every year with a partner organization. These opportunities are developed and posted on a rolling basis.
Current Winokur Fellowship Opportunities
Children's Foundation of Mississippi (now closed)
Children’s Foundation of Mississippi Project Information
Fellowship Award: $7,500.00
Number of openings: 2
Timeframe: Summer 2022
Eligibility: Graduation date of March 2023 or later
The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi (CFM) was founded in August, 2019. The CFM focuses on improving the policies and systems that affect the well-being of children in Mississippi and serves as a convener, facilitator, advocate and catalyst for positive change on behalf of Mississippi’s children and youth. As of January 1, 2020, CFM is also home to Mississippi KIDS COUNT.
Over the last two years, the foundation has hosted nine students from Harvard Chan. The individual and collective work has resulted in the CFM’s Blueprint for Improving Outcomes for Children: Phase I, which focused upon children 0-8 years, recommending increased developmental screening, increased quality early childhood education, and spotlighting ways to address the digital divide and a state-based earned income tax credit for working families. Blueprint Phase II (also with input from Harvard Chan students) has a focus on older children and youth 9-18 years and is scheduled for release late spring 2022. Topics include: child protection, access to mental health services, comprehensive health education (with a particular focus upon obesity) and post-graduation preparedness.
These publications, building upon the CFM and Mississippi KIDS COUNT Risk and Reach Report, provide data on where the opportunities exist and what is feasible for the CFM to focus upon to make an impact across communities and with policy and decision makers across the state on behalf of Mississippi’s children and youth.
Summer 2022 Opportunity:
The goal of the summer fellowship is to provide two students from Harvard Chan the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic identified in the Blueprints described above. Currently the CFM is surveying older youth in child welfare system to lift their “voices” in determining what is going well and what needs improvement as youth are transitioning into independent living. Other examples of proposed topics/opportunities include:
- Work with local communities to establish Early Childhood Councils and provide models of best practices that can be sustained
- Assess ways to improve child welfare services and programs in Mississippi, with a particular focus on ways to increase health and mental health providers’ participation, including any potential Medicaid waivers
- Promote best practices to serve and support youth in foster care, youth transition out of foster care
- Explore ways to increase developmental screening of young children in Mississippi across early care and education settings in Mississippi
While the above listed activities are for the overall project, it is the goal of the CFM to recruit two HSPH Fellows as a team for the same practicum site. The supervisor will work with each student to tailor the scope and focus of work to the interests and skills of each student.
In addition to the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, other state agencies in Mississippi that have expressed interested in working with CFM and the HSPH fellows include Mississippi State Department of Public Health, Mississippi State Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Mississippi State Department of Mental Health.
Deliverables: Final report and presentation to the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi Board of Directors and the leadership of partner organizations. Other deliverables will be finalized with input from CFM and other stakeholders. There will also be an opportunity to present project updates at the Delta Directions annual conference.