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The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging health leaders to work in and improve the health of rural and underserved communities in North Carolina.
Jim Bernstein, the Foundation’s founder and first president, dedicated his life and work to improving healthcare in rural communities across North Carolina. An innovator and a motivator, he served as a role model to others in how to address some of the most difficult rural health care challenges.
Development of the Bernstein Fellows Program
Over thirty years, Jim accomplished a great deal, but he knew that new challenges in rural health would continue to emerge as time went on. In an effort to strengthen and expand the next generation of rural health leaders to meet these challenges, he established The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program.
Bernstein Fellows Program Today
The purpose of the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program is to develop future leaders to work in, and improve the health status of, rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. The Bernstein Fellows Program identifies and supports the work of outstanding individuals already working in health services in these areas and share Jim’s commitment and passion for rural health.
When selected, Fellows receive:
- Educational opportunities and individual mentoring through a network of professionals associated with the Foundation.
- Up to two years of funding to support a project they develop that will improve the health of their community.
After the two-year fellowship, Bernstein Fellows will not only have a clear understanding of rural and underserved community needs, but will have the leadership skills necessary to engage and collaborate with others to improve the health and economic state of these communities.