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Ben Rushing

MSU Student and RMS graduate
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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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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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