Charity Bell Lewitt

2002 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2002
Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree:New England Conservancy of Music
Areas of Interest:Social Services and children in need
Mentor:Patricia McGovern, Vice President of CareGroup at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Agency: Massachusetts Department of Social Services
Supervisor:Joy Aliss Cochran, Director, Human Resources
Project Description:Charity reviewed current availability of dental care for Department of Social Service foster/pre-adoptive children and devised plan to encourage greater participation in the MassHealth Dental plan by Dentists. Charity also developed survey for foster parents regarding the daily reimbursement rate for foster care, which assessed the cost of providing care for foster children. Finally in conjunction with the 5 Boston Area Offices, she developed and implemented yearlong foster parent recruitment plan.