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Mississippi Office of Rural Health

Current program activities of the Office of Rural Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health include:  collecting and evaluating data on rural health conditions and needs; conducting rural health policy analysis and development; providing technical assistance to rural community health systems; assisting in professional recruitment and retention of medical and health care professionals; and maintaining and updating a rural health care information clearinghouse. The state office is funded though the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and serves to understand and improve rural health conditions within Mississippi. 

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Publications

Publication Number: M1917
Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: P2298

News

Filed Under: Food and Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health December 11, 2023

JACKSON, Miss. -- For five years, AIM for CHangE has turned federal dollars into park updates, playgrounds, food pantries, ride-sharing programs and community produce gardens for underserved areas in Mississippi.

Man leads room full of teenagers in dance exercise.
Filed Under: 4-H, Health and Wellness, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health April 25, 2023

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Community improvement starts with a volunteer spirit and a desire to serve as a role model for positive change.

A group photo of the Rural Medical and Science Scholars Class of 2022.
Filed Under: Food and Health, Rural Health March 8, 2023

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- High school juniors can explore health and science careers and get a jump on college during the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program this summer at Mississippi State University. The June 10-29 program is now accepting applications until April 1.

Success Stories

A woman standing beside the window of a house that has a sign with “Venisha’s Home” listed on it.
Volume 10 Number 2

In Rolling Fork, the Mississippi town in Sharkey County devastated by a twister on March 24, 2023, despair was not an option.

A woman, wearing a red T-shirt listing Rosemary’s Daycare on it, smiles while sitting on a bench with many small children sitting beside her, also smiling.
Volume 9 Number 3

The StoryWalk and colorful word art now installed in downtown Belzoni are giving Rosemary Williams a new opportunity for the children she cares for at Rosemary’s Daycare and Learning Center.

A professionally dressed woman standing in front of many rows of food cans and beside a sign that lists “HOPE.”
Volume 9 Number 2

Imagine what Mississippi might look like if everyone had access to healthy foods. The state could set an example for other rural states in using existing resources, collaborating with officials and stakeholders, and creating solutions that have measurable impacts for individuals and families.

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