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Rural Advocates

The Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit grassroots membership organization working to improve the health status of rural Mississippians. MRHA's broad-based membership provides networking opportunities and strives to communicate with and educate government agencies, rural consumers and health professionals about timely issues affecting rural health. Anyone with a stake in Mississippi's rural health care is invited to join.

Mississippi State University Extension Service supports the activities of MRHA through active membership and participation in Association sponsored projects and events. The MRHA's office is located in Madison at 31 Woodgreen Place. Information about membership and conferences can be obtained on their web site at http://www.msrha.org/.

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Publications

Publication Number: M0980
Publication Number: M1917

News

Woman in a green dress with a bag around her shoulder stands in front of a gate holding a laptop computer.
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.

Success Stories

A Rural Medical and Science Scholar.
Food and Health, Rural Health
Volume 5 Number 3

When she started school in a New York kindergarten classroom and participated in her first “dress-up day,” Bridgette “Brie” Cerda-Marin chose the doctor costume.

And, in her own words: “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since.”

A woman wearing a white visor, maroon shirt, jeans, and boots marks a clipboard as five cows and three calves rest under a tree.
About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

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Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Local Food System Economies, Farmers Markets, Economic Development, Rural Development, Food, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health, Vegetable Gardens
Volume 4 Number 2

From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.

A woman, leftmost, wearing a coral blouse and brown slacks, points and talks to two teens sitting in yellow chairs at a gray table.
Health and Wellness, Community, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 2

When family and consumer sciences teacher Cassandra Tittle was approached about incorporating a wellness program into her health classes, Walk-A-Weigh was her first preference, because she knew first-hand how effective it could be.

A little girl in a white chef’s hat stands beside her mother
Food, Rural Health
Volume 3 Number 4

For anyone relying on Pinterest, Facebook, or other online recipe sites to plan healthy meals, Marilyn Lunsford is encouraging those home cooks to look in a different, more local place.

Watch

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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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00am
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00am
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2:00am
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:00am
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:00am

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