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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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News

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.

Filed Under: Health, Rural Health October 24, 2018

Mississippians can do their part to combat the national opioid crisis and protect their home environments by dropping off unused medications at take-back sites around the state on Oct. 27.

A medical doctor holds a vile of medication and talks to a young man in the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program.
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Food and Health, Rural Health March 16, 2018

Do you know a high school student interested in working in the medical field or a related science career one day?
The Rural Medical and Science Scholars program could be for them.
(Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Success Stories

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. 

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.

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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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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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