Mississippi Health Advocacy Program
800 N.President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
Roy Mitchell – Executive Director
Roy’s work with public interest advocacy goes back twenty-three years. In both urban and rural settings, Roy has staffed and supervised legal clinics for domestic violence victims, low-income housing tenants, seniors, and Medicaid and welfare recipients. Over the years, he has served as the consumer’s representative on numerous Medicaid, Human Services and Health Department committees and task forces. He has organized several statewide coalitions and initiatives and promoted the successful passage of health and welfare legislation. Roy spearheaded the Mississippi cigarette tax initiative, successfully leading a coalition described by a leading national health policy firm as the state’s largest and most diverse health policy coalition to date. Moreover, as a training fellow for the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), Roy works to promote, support and protect 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying by training nonprofits on legal compliance and practical skills of nonprofit lobbying. Roy’s formal education includes a law degree from the New College of California School of Law, the nation’s oldest public interest law school and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi. After graduating from law school, Roy staffed and supervised legal clinics for low-income populations in northern and southern California. His previous employers include the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County and the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation.
Jacquelyn Agho – Program Manager
Jacquelyn has served as program manager at the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program since 2006. She has worked for the past nine years in various arenas of public health advocacy with both nonprofit health organizations and state health agencies in Mississippi and Alabama. Jacquelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Jackson State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Debbie Smith – Communications Assistant
Debbie joined the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program as a communications assistant in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to working as a communications assistant, Debbie was the coordinator for the University of Southern Mississippi Speaking Center.