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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
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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: 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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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.

Filed Under: Rural Health January 18, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The first in a series of webinars designed to prevent opioid misuse in the agricultural community and improve treatment for pain is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Talking to Farmers About Their Pain, a one-hour program delivered via the web, addresses the occupational sources of chronic pain that producers deal with as a result of farming-related accidents, surgeries or strain from repetitive movements. Designed for health care professionals, the module focuses on how to improve communication between medical care providers and patients about occupational pain.

Young man strains to handle a bale of hay at the back of a farm utility vehicle in a pasture with black and white dairy heifers clustered behind and watching.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Farm Safety, Food and Health, Rural Health November 6, 2018

A million-dollar grant acknowledges that farmers and families living in rural areas battle many of the same mental health challenges as urban residents face.

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