The Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund

The Foundation is committed to expanding and strengthening the corps of community health leaders in North Carolina. The Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund supports two Foundation-based programs: The Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows program, and the Jim and Sue Bernstein Scholarship program.

The purpose of the Jim Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders to work in and improve the health of underserved North Carolina communities. The Fellows Program identifies and supports the work of outstanding health professionals early in their careers who are working in underserved NC communities. The Foundation seeks applicants 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 stipend funding to support a project that will improve the health of their community. Fellows also receive educational opportunities and individual mentoring through the Fellowship Director and a network of professionals associated with the Foundation.

The Jim and Sue Bernstein Scholarship Program provides scholarships to the children of employees of NC’s rural health clinics. These small scholarships help pay for education in any college or university and allow children of rural clinic staff who have worked in the clinic for a minimum of 5 years to pursue advanced education in any area of interest. In addition, the Scholarship Program now funds a scholarship for clinical education and a scholarship for non-clinical education for rural health clinic employees.

The Annual Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fund Dinner helps to support the opportunities for fellows and scholars. See the presentation given by the 2013 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Eric Bernstein.

Bernstein Fellowship Contact:

John H. Frank, MBA
Fellowship Director

Bernstein Scholarship Contact:

Judy Howell
Program Manager
919-821-0485 x 231