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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.

Rural Medical & Science Scholars will be held from July 7 – August 3, 2018.

 

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Publications

News

A medical doctor holds a vile of medication and talks to a young man in the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program.
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Food and Health, Rural Health March 16, 2018

Do you know a high school student interested in working in the medical field or a related science career one day?
The Rural Medical and Science Scholars program could be for them.
(Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A teenage girl looks on as a doctor explains a chart in his hands.
Filed Under: Rural Health February 9, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's critical need for medical professionals is the reason for a special summer program hosted at Mississippi State University.

Filed Under: Rural Health, Mississippi Well Owner Network August 25, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi homeowners with private wells have three opportunities to learn how to enhance the quality of their drinking water sources.

The Mississippi Well Owner Network, a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will hold workshops at the Extension offices in Wayne County Sept. 26, Pearl River County Oct. 24 and Tate County Jan. 25, 2018. Each workshop begins at 6 p.m.

Filed Under: Rural Health, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Rural Water Association, Water Quality June 14, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. -- The first 40 registrants for a private well workshop next month can have their well water screened free of charge.

The Mississippi Well Owner Network, a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will be held 6-9 p.m. July 13 at the MSU Extension office in Harrison County, located at 2315 17th Street in Gulfport.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health May 9, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.

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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
Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony
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Catherine Feng RMS Alum Testimony

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:45pm

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