The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program

The purpose of the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program is to develop leaders to work in and improve the health of rural and other underserved communities and populations in North Carolina.

The Fellows Program identifies and supports the work of outstanding individuals working in health services in underserved areas who embody Jim Bernstein’s vision and commitment to the belief that everyone has a right to health care, that care should be delivered in a respectful, effective and efficient manner, and that the health care system belongs to the communities where people live and providers practice.

Fellows receive:

  • Up to two years of funding to support a project they develop that will improve the health of their community
  • Educational opportunities and individual mentoring through a network of professionals associated with the Foundation

The mission of the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fellows Program is to develop and prepare future leaders to work in, and improve the health status of, rural and underserved communities in North Carolina.

The program strives to expand and strengthen the leadership skills of up-and-coming health care leaders in North Carolina.


See the Mission, Vision & Guiding Principles of the Fellows Program

For more information about applying for a Bernstein fellowship, visit the Apply page, or contact Rachel Presslein, Program & Development Manager at