Laure Bell serves as a project coordinator at Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center. She began working at the SSRC in 2012 as a researcher and later transitioned to the role of project coordinator. During her time at the SSRC, Laure has been part of various research projects mostly involving topics around early childhood, particularly at the intersection of health and education.
As a project coordinator, she contributes to projects by assisting with grant submissions, project designs, writing, editing, graphic design, communication/promotional efforts, compiling project reports, and developing products that visualize and translate important qualitative and quantitative data in ways that non-research professionals can understand. For fourteen years she has participated in the creation of the annual Mississippi KIDS COUNT state factbook or data report, and for six years she has led the effort to produce an annual MS KIDS COUNT state legislative calendar that presents facts and data to legislators each day of the session. These products present data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Base in a way that is understandable and applicable to the general population. Laure has also managed media outreach, social media, websites, and communications for multiple projects.
Her current projects include MS KIDS COUNT, funded by the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi; the Mississippi Data Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and the Child Health and Development Project, Mississippi Thrive, which is a collaboration with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for the Advancement of Youth and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Within the MS Thrive project, Laure has served as a co-lead of the outreach and parent education workgroup and contributed to other project teams.
Past projects have included the EMPOWR Program (Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention), funded by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi; Project Fit America Evaluation, funded through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation; the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi planning grant (served as PI), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and others.
Laure has a B.A. in English with a minor in art which, when combined with her many years of experience working with social science data and research, yields a great skillset for translating data into understandable text and visuals.