Laure Bell serves as a Project Coordinator at Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center. She began working at the SSRC in 2012 as a researcher and later transitioned to the role of Project Coordinator for various projects that mostly center around research in the areas of early childhood, particularly at the intersection of health and education. Laure particularly contributes to projects by assisting with grant submissions, project designs, writing, editing, compiling project reports, and qualitative research. She also manages media outreach, social media, websites and communications for multiple projects. Her current projects include MS KIDS COUNT, funded by the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi; the Mississippi Data Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and the Child Health and Development Project, Mississippi Thrive, which is a collaboration
with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for the Advancement of Youth and funded by HRSA. Past projects have included the EMPOWR Program (Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention), funded by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi; a planning grant to establish the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Project Fit America Evaluation, funded through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation; and others.