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Episode #340 Social Work, Grant Writing, And Public Health, with LaKeesha Morris-Moreau, MSW

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The field of public health is so broad! In this episode, we are connecting it to social work and more specifically, grant writing to demonstrate how we can have a greater impact in the field of public health. Grant writer and founder of the Bell Tower Group, LaKeesha Morris-Moreau joins us to share about her public service work and how she brings value to her community. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about LaKeesha’s background, how she got into social work, why she started the Bell Tower Group, as well as the story behind its name. We discuss why she decided to niche her career and how contracts work in her industry. LaKeesha even shares some tips for anyone wanting to partner with contractors or become contractors themselves. Finally, our guest tells us how public health shows up in the work she does. To hear all this and be enlightened about how public health truly is everywhere, press play now!


Meet LaKeesha Morris-Moreau


LaKeesha Morris-Moreau founded BellTower Consulting Group in 2009 to help cities and counties win grants. A graduate of Florida International University (Miami, FL) and Jackson State University (Jackson, MS), she is a social work professional with over 20 years of experience in the grants field. Her team has helped clients secure over $150 million in critical Federal, State, Local, and Private grant funding. She has been called "a social worker who writes grants." She appreciates this description because it speaks to her ability to look at a project from the community's perspective and avoid the NIMBY (not in my backyard) dilemma, which can derail even the best action plan. In 2016, LaKeesha earned the esteemed “Grant Professional Certified” (GPC) credential from the Grant Professional Certification Institute. The GPC is the only nationally accredited credential for individuals in the grants field. In her commitment to elevating the Grant Profession, she is a member of the Grant Professional Certification Institute Board of Directors, conducts grant workshops, and coaches new grant writers.



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Conversation Highlights


  • Introducing today’s guest, LaKeesha Morris-Moreau

  • An overview of LaKeesha’s background and how she got into the “people-serving field”

  • How LaKeesha decided to start the Bell Tower Group and the story behind its name

  • Our guest tells us about her niche and why she decided to focus on one thing in particular

  • How the Bell Tower Group is scaling and growing

  • She explains the contracts government agencies use when they want to purchase something

  • The importance of finding an ideal client and building relationships in this industry

  • How she leans on public health in the work that she does


“I enjoy [niching] because I still get a taste of that social work field – but I don’t have to worry about being everywhere – I am able to really be focused and build those relationships with those funding agents to the benefit of my clients.” — LaKeesha Morris-Moreau

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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