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.
Jarvis Dortch - Program Manager
Jarvis serves as Program Manager at Mississippi Health Advocacy Program where he oversees MHAP’s health reform implementation project. Previously, Jarvis led MHAP’s consumer assistance program, Health Help Mississippi, which advises and assists residents of the state with both public and private health insurance needs. He has worked for the past 8 years in various arenas of public health and social justice advocacy with both nonprofit health organizations and state agencies in Mississippi. Jarvis holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Jackson State University and a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law. He is admitted to the Mississippi State Bar.
Kristian Weatherspoon – Communications Director
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Kristian attended Jim Hill High School and Jackson State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Journalism minor. She then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, where she obtained her master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kristian has interned in Washington D.C. and done freelance work in New Orleans with Roland Martin’s “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” show on TV One. Prior to joining MHAP, she returned to Jackson from the NPR affiliate in Atlanta, WABE 90.1, where she worked in digital news operations for 2 years. She is absolutely elated to have been given the opportunity to return home to continue her career. She has served as a Digital Media Specialist at Mississippi Public Broadcasting and co-hosted MPB’s Everyday Tech on MPB Think Radio. Kristian currently works with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program as a Communications Director and working directly in creating and implementing digital advocacy strategies.
Monet Glover – Community Organizer
Monét joined Mississippi Health Advocacy Program as a Community Organizer in 2012. The majority of her work focuses on health care reform through the Mississippi Affordable Care Act Implementation Project. Monét coordinates the Dr. Aaron Shirley Health Advocacy Fellowship Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Mississippi State University.