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Studio portrait of Callie Poole (photo by Beth Wynn / © Mississippi State University)

Project Manager, Policy Research & Systems Change


Callie Poole serves as a Project Manager within the Policy Research & Systems Change unit at the SSRC.

Poole works on the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Child Health and Development Project: Mississippi Thrive!, a cooperative agreement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Children’s of Mississippi. The project goal is to improve Mississippi’s early childhood developmental health system, particularly for young children from birth to age five. Poole co-leads this project’s Early Childhood Systems Collaboration workgroup and is a member of the project’s Early Childhood & Family Support Provider, Centralized Resources, and Parent/Caregiver Education workgroups.

Poole is also part of the Mississippi KIDS COUNT research team, an Annie E. Casey-funded program that provides policy-relevant data about the well-being of children in Mississippi.

Poole’s past projects include working on the evaluation team for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, which provides technical assistance to schools and child care centers around the state in implementing effective and sustainable school wellness councils as part of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007, and Mississippi’s Market Rate Survey project, which helps determine the state market rate of child care provided by licensed centers and is funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Poole holds a B.A. in psychology from Millsaps College with minors in English and business and a concentration in human services. She also holds an M.A. in education from Prescott College with a concentration in cultural studies. Before coming to the SSRC, Poole worked in children’s behavioral health and early childhood and elementary education.

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