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Health Careers in Mississippi

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The Need:

  • Last in the nation in the number of physicians per person (2010)
  • Between 2010 and 2020 the state is projected to need 6,250 new registered nurses
  • All or part of every county in the state designated as medically underserved by the federal government (2009)

The Opportunity:

  • Between 2010 and 2020 Mississippi’s health care work force is projected to grow by 17%
  • 250 or more new Mississippi jobs are projected in each of the following fields:
    • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
    • Physical Therapists
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
    • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
    • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
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Addressing the Need:

Mississippi has the lowest number of physicians per capita in the nation. Almost half of all Mississippians lack access to a primary care physician; 56 percent of the state’s primary care physicians practice in only four counties. Clearly, this limited access to care for our citizens contributes to many of the negative health status indicators plaguing the state. It also fails to capitalize on the ability of healthcare to serve as an economic driver within our communities.

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Publications

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Publication Number: M1917

News

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Filed Under: Extension Program Priorities, City and County Government, SNAP-Ed, Rural Health February 19, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Once every decade, Mississippians have the chance to make a difference at the local, state and national levels.

Participating in the U.S. Census has a large impact on daily life. Being underrepresented as a state leads to reduced representation in Congress and less federal funding for education, infrastructure, emergency response and wellness programs. In short, there are long-term negative effects of not participating in the census.

Filed Under: Rural Health January 27, 2020

High school juniors interested in health care and other science-related careers can apply to participate in an exploratory, four-week summer program at Mississippi State University.

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Helpline, 1-877-210-8513
Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health November 18, 2019

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is doing what it can to make sure everyone in the state’s agricultural community knows there is help available when the stress of life seems unrelenting.

Rural adolescents are more likely to misuse prescription opioids than urban adolescents.
Filed Under: Family Dynamics, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health November 4, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The teen years have challenged every generation, but resources and concerned adults are available to help today’s young people avoid dangers, including suicide.

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Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health October 15, 2019

Most Mississippians think of drug addiction as an issue other people face in faraway places, but the source of this problem could be as close as the family medicine cabinet.

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Wynton Sims RMS Alum Testimony

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

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

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

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