Kimberly Newberry (JD ’14) Shares Her Experiences On Mississippi Spring Break Trip

Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Check out this “Student Voices” post, copied below, in which HLS student Kimberly Newberry shares her experiences on a spring break trip organized by Mississippi Delta Fellow Nate Rosenberg. Student Voices: Learning About Land Rights in Mississippi The Mississippi Delta is populated by more juke joints than Starbucks (and rightly so as the birthplace of the blues). Nightly strolls are accompanied by the faint strums of guitar in the distance and you can imagine how Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil right in the...

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Wednesday, Apr. 4: Frank Laski Speaks to the Delta Project

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Wednesday, the HLS Mississippi Delta Project is pleased to welcome Frank Laski, former Executive Director of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee of Massachusetts.  Mr. Laski will discuss trends in mental health policy–from the criminal justice system to community based services–and their impact on low-income individuals. He will also offer potential solutions to improve mental health service delivery to disadvantaged clients. The HLS Mississippi Delta Project is committed to improving well-being in the Delta Region and...

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Mental Health/Substance Abuse Policy Initiative March 2012 Blogpost

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since the beginning of this school year, myself and other members of the Mental Health/Substance Abuse policy initiative have been working on a report on the state of mental health in Mississippi. Specifically, the report is focused on identifying the problem areas within Mississippi’s mental health system so that we can begin to help our partner-on-the-ground, the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy, Research and Training (SMHART), improve the mental health outlook of the people of Mississippi. Last semester, we looked through...

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Delta Project Food Initiative Team Leader Ona Balkus’s blog post on the Clinical and Pro Bono Office Blog

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Delta Project Food Initiative Team Leader Ona Balkus’s blog post on the Clinical and Pro Bono Office Blog

Student Voices: From Farm to School in Mississippi Posted on February 13, 2012 Today’s dispatch comes from Ona Balkus, a second-year joint degree student at Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health. Ona spent her winter term working with the Mississippi Food Policy Council as part of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic. She is also a member of the student practice organization the Mississippi Delta Projectand is a student fellow for the Law and Social Change Program of Study. She will be participating in the Food Law and...

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Recommendations for Farm-to-School Bill Accepted!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Over the course of the fall semester, the Delta Project’s Food Policy team developed legislative recommendations for a statewide farm-to-school bill in Mississippi. After researching farm-to-school initiatives around the country and considering how such initiatives could best be implemented in Mississippi, the Food Policy team compiled their final report, which included recommendations such as the creation of a state farm-to-school coordinator position and the enactment of an official Mississippi Farm-to-School Week. The Food Policy team...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

THIRD ANNUAL HARVARD-WIDE DELTA CELEBRATION   Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pound Hall, Ropes-Gray Assembly Room, Harvard Law School   Please join the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project to learn about ways that Harvard students and faculty are engaged in the Delta, to meet members of the Harvard community who are interested in the Delta region, and to celebrate the wonderful work that is being done to improve living conditions in this part of the United States!   The event is open to anyone from the Harvard...

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10/3: Larry Soler – Partnering with Industry to Help Solve the Childhood Obesity Crisis

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Monday, October 3rd 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Pound 101, Harvard Law School The Harvard Food Law Society, Child and Youth Advocates, and the Mississippi Delta Project are cosponsoring a presentation by Larry Soler, head of The Partnership for a Healthier America.  PHA is an organization devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. Just over a year old and created in conjunction with – but independent from – Let’s Move!, PHA is a nonpartisan,...

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Mississippi Policy Partners – Now Accepting Applications!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The HLS Mississippi Delta Project’s Mississippi Policy Partners will engage Harvard students (HLS and HKS) to work with students from Mississippi’s Tougaloo College (a Jackson-based HBCU) and Mississippi legislators in order to prepare them for the start of the 2012 legislative session.  The project will involve mandatory travel to Mississippi (expenses paid) for a long weekend in November (dates TBD) in order to present an interdisciplinary training on policymaking and the legislative process to the Tougaloo College students and meet...

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Fall 2011 Info Session – Tuesday, 9/27 in Griswold 110

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Please join us for the Mississippi Delta Project’s fall informational session, which will be held on Tuesday, September 27th in Griswold 110.  Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the exciting initiatives we are undertaking this semester, including projects in food policy, financial services, children’s health, and mental health.  Lunch will be provided.

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HLS Delta Project students present to Memphis food stakeholders in March 2011

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Food Policy Initiative | 0 comments

In March 2011, three HLS Delta Project students spent a week in Memphis, working with community members to recommend changes to the Memphis Food Code. These students were part of a team of over 20 students that worked throughout the 2010-2011 year to recommend a comprehensive overhaul of the Code. A brief video of the students presenting to the community can be seen here: Memphis Food Code The final report can be downloaded...

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