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Mississippi Office of Rural Health

Current program activities of the Office of Rural Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health include:  collecting and evaluating data on rural health conditions and needs; conducting rural health policy analysis and development; providing technical assistance to rural community health systems; assisting in professional recruitment and retention of medical and health care professionals; and maintaining and updating a rural health care information clearinghouse. The state office is funded though the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and serves to understand and improve rural health conditions within Mississippi. 

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Publications

Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: M1917
Publication Number: P2298

News

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Filed Under: Rural Development, Rural Health November 15, 2021

While National Rural Health Day is celebrated Nov. 18, the Mississippi State University Extension Service works daily to build and maintain this personal and community-level commodity.

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health June 21, 2021

Citizens in northern Sunflower County can use a new ride-sharing service to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle. The service, called Healthy Destination Access, kicked off June 15 with ribbon cuttings in Rome and Drew.

Flood waters surround a home in the south Delta.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health June 7, 2021

To some people, farming is an idyllic way of life, but producers face some unique stressors that can impact their well-being. In fact, a national poll by the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2019 confirmed that about two in five farmers and farm workers reported experiencing increased stress levels and more mental health challenges since 2014.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health December 4, 2020

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist has been elected to the National Board of Public Health Examiners board of directors.

Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health September 29, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Protecting providers of the world’s food includes looking out for their mental well-being.

To address this, the Mississippi State University Extension Service has certified over 20 personnel to facilitate a skills-based, online training program: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This curriculum teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health disorders and crises in their communities.

Success Stories

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Food and Health, Rural Health
Volume 7 Number 2

Rural Medical & Science Scholars program provides insight, courage for careers

Zoe Fokakis is on her way to realizing her dream of becoming a physician scientist. That dream was partly fueled by her participation in the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program.

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Rural Development, Food and Health, Food, Rural Health
Volume 3 Number 1

Extension food pantry serves rural community 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays before lunch, Robert Jamison is usually exercising with people who have been his neighbors in Lambert for 30 years. The Quitman County Veterans Service Officer also volunteers for a food pantry there that serves about 800 local families every other month. The county does not have a grocery store, but the pantry, since it opened in 2014, has helped people in need.

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Rural Health
Volume 1 Number 2

Extension medical program offers career insights

He delayed his journey to become a doctor, but Johnny Lippincott has been intrigued by the field since childhood.

A Rural Medical and Science Scholar.
Food and Health, Rural Health
Volume 5 Number 3

When she started school in a New York kindergarten classroom and participated in her first “dress-up day,” Bridgette “Brie” Cerda-Marin chose the doctor costume.

And, in her own words: “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since.”

A woman wearing a white visor, maroon shirt, jeans, and boots marks a clipboard as five cows and three calves rest under a tree.
About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

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Extension Stories

Wynton Sims RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Meri Hollis West RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Meri Hollis West RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
Emily Davis RMS Alum Testimony
Extension Stories

Emily Davis RMS Alum Testimony

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:45pm

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00am
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