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Jill Benevides


Jill Benevides


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow




Partnership for Early Childhood Mental Health

Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Tufts University

Undergraduate School
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Mentor: Mary Jo Meisner, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Kate Roper, MECCS Project Director

Description of Fellowship
Jill Benevides spent her summer at the Department of Public Health working in Early Childhood Services. Jill modernized the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Compendium compiling, organizing and formatting the training data to include relevant professional development from across colleges and universities, state agencies and private non-profit institutes, aligning it with new national standards, and disseminating the Guide to a range of child-serving professionals. In addition, she was involved with project LAUNCH, specifically focused on the integration of behavioral health and primary care, as well as the Massachusetts Early Childhood Comprehensive System’s Data and Racial Equity Initiative, working to determine how to best capture and measure child developmental health and family well-being in an integrated early childhood data system. To learn about these initiatives as well as view the Early Childhood Mental Health Training Compendium, please visit http://www.ecmhmatters.org/