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Ben Rushing

MSU Student and RMS graduate
Photo by Laura Daniels

Growing up in Monticello, Ben Rushing said it was easy to see that the doctors in his community were some of the greatest difference-makers. By age 15, he decided he wanted to make that kind of difference, also.

After his junior year in high school, he enrolled in the Rural Medical Scholars program at Mississippi State, where he earned college credit for biology and sociology courses while shadowing area physicians to better understand the importance of rural medicine. Now, as a junior majoring in biological engineering at MSU, he serves as a biology tutor for the five-week summer camp sponsored by the MSU Extension Service.

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Johnny Lippincott

Rural Medical Scholars program graduate
Photo by Kevin Hudson

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

“Growing up, I was always interested in medicine,” the Tupelo native says. “My dad was a psychiatrist so I was aware of the field. I was a member of a club in high school that fostered students interested in careers in medicine.”

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Publications

Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: M1917

News

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.

Two large, red farm machines sit in a partially harvested rice field under a dark-blue sky with lowering clouds
Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, Rural Health May 23, 2019

To help confront mental health issues facing the nation today, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering unique first aid training to all its employees.

One teenager clasps both of her hands to press on a training manikin’s chest, while another female student holds a ventilator mask over its face. A nurse in the background watches a large wall-mounted monitor.
Filed Under: Food and Health, Rural Health January 31, 2019

A summer program application process is underway for high school juniors looking for a jump-start on college and exposure to careers in medicine and science.

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Wynton Sims RMS Alum Testimony
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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Extension Associate II

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Extension Instructor
Rural Medical Scholars Program Director/Community Health Coordinator