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OK Policy adds mental health fellowship.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

TULSA The Oklahoma Policy Institute has started Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship, a new initiative supported by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

The fellowship was established after an April 2018 report on improving mental health and wellness in Tulsa, published by the Urban Institute and developed by the University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences. The report recommended building intellectual capacity around mental health and wellness in the Tulsa area.

Three employees were hired by OK Policy for the new initiative.

OK Policy hired Lauren Turner as a mental health policy analyst. Turner will oversee the fellowship program. Turner is a native of Tulsa who was a research assistant and a Knee Center for Strong Families Scholar at the University of Oklahoma. She received a bachelor's degree in family and human services from John Brown University in 2010 and a master's degree in social work degree from OU in 2016. Turner became a licensed master social worker in July 2016.

OK Policy also hired two fellows who will be the inaugural class of the Oklahoma Mental Health Policy Fellowship. The fellowship is a two-year, full-time program for early-career professionals.

Maggie den Harder, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Master of Public Administration program. She worked as an OK Policy outreach and development associate and as a consultant for the city of Tulsa.

Brittany Hayes is a recent University of Tulsa Law School graduate.

The will be mentored by Dr. Jason Beaman, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences.

Hayes and den Harder will serve as fellows for two years. Fellows for the second class will be selected in the summer of 2019.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
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Date:Oct 15, 2018
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