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AIM for CHangE Partners and Team Members

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AIM for CHangE is working with partners at the state and university levels:

  • The Mississippi Public Health Institute leads coalition development and maintenance efforts.
  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides expertise on health-related matters.
  • The MSU Social Science Research Center leads our evaluation efforts.
  • Project faculty at MSU are from the Departments of Agricultural Economics; Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion; Kinesiology; Landscape Architecture; and the Center for Government and Community Development.

Project Team Members – June, 2019

David Buys

Dr. David Buys, MSPH, CPH
Project Codirector
State Health Specialist, MSU Extension Service
MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
P.O. Box 9805
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-3060 (office)
662-769-9830 (cell)


Angela Robertson

Dr. Angela Robertson
Lead Evaluator
Research Professor and Associate Director of the MSU Social Science Research Center
1 Research Blvd., Suite 103
Starkville, MS 39759
662-325-7797 (office)
662-312-0822 (cell)


Connie Baird-Thomas

Dr. Connie Baird-Thomas
Assistant Research Professor
MSU Social Science Research Center
153 Mississippi Parkway
Canton, MS 39046
601-407-2742 (office)


Elizabeth Canales

Dr. Elizabeth Canales
Assistant Extension Professor
MSU Department of Agricultural Economics
MSU Extension Service
P.O. Box 5187
Mississippi State, MS 39762


Megan Holmes

Dr. Megan Holmes
Assistant Professor
MSU Department of Kinesiology
Mailstop 9575, McCarthy Gymnasium
Mississippi State, MS 39762  
662-325-2963 (office)
308-641-3576 (cell)


Curtis Lacy

Dr. Curtis Lacy
Extension Delta Region Coordinator and Extension Professor
MSU Extension Service
Delta Research and Extension Center
P.O. Box 69
Stoneville, MS 38776
662-686-3268 (office)


Joshua Mann

Dr. Joshua Mann, MD, MPH
Co-Principal Investigator
Professor and Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
John D. Bower School of Population Health, UMMC
2500 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39216
601-815-8988 (office)


Peter Summerlin

Peter Summerlin, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP
Assistant Professor
MSU Department of Landscape Architecture
P.O. Box 9725
Mississippi State, MS 39762  
662-325-3668 (office)
601-260-5200 (cell)


Leah Kemp

Leah Kemp
Director of the Carl Small Town Center
MSU Extension Service
240 Giles Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-8671 (office)


Alexis Hamilton

Alexis H. Hamilton
Extension Agent, AIM for CHangE
MSU Extension Service
Sharkey, Issaquena, Washington, and Sunflower Counties
614 Pine Street
Rolling Fork, MS 39159
662-769-2283 (office)


Yolanda Pruitt

Yolanda Pruitt M.S., CHES
Program Manager
AIM for CHangE
MSU Extension Service
1 Research Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-4293 (office)





Keltra Chandler

Keltra Chandler M.S.
Extension Associate II
AIM for CHangE
MSU Extension Service
1 Research Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762
662-325-4324 (office)




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