Kelly McGlothen-Bell, PhD, RN, IBCLC, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been selected as a 2022-2024 ZERO to THREE policy fellow.
The 18-month professional development program brings together early childhood professionals from around the globe. Topics include leadership development; diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice; infant and early childhood mental health; advocacy and public policy work; and how to develop strong program messaging.
Each fellow has a specific vision for change to advance programs, systems and policies that positively impact the well-being of babies and their families.
“Participating in the ZERO to THREE Policy Fellowship offers a rare opportunity to focus exclusively on training and education related to health policy development and implementation to support child and family health and well-being. My project will specifically focus on work with the ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Team™ to advance state policies that affect child welfare and family services, using scientific evidence,” McGlothen-Bell said.
The class of 20 fellows was selected from a global pool of more than 200 applicants, the largest pool on record. The fellowship has a 32-year history, with more than 300 national and international leaders and alumni.