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Health Careers in Mississippi

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The Need:

  • Last in the nation in the number of physicians per person (2010)
  • Between 2010 and 2020 the state is projected to need 6,250 new registered nurses
  • All or part of every county in the state designated as medically underserved by the federal government (2009)

The Opportunity:

  • Between 2010 and 2020 Mississippi’s health care work force is projected to grow by 17%
  • 250 or more new Mississippi jobs are projected in each of the following fields:
    • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
    • Physical Therapists
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
    • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
    • Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
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Addressing the Need:

Mississippi has the lowest number of physicians per capita in the nation. Almost half of all Mississippians lack access to a primary care physician; 56 percent of the state’s primary care physicians practice in only four counties. Clearly, this limited access to care for our citizens contributes to many of the negative health status indicators plaguing the state. It also fails to capitalize on the ability of healthcare to serve as an economic driver within our communities.

Rural Medical & Science Scholars will be held from June 1 – June 28, 2021.

 

 

 

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Publications

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

News

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Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Rural Health June 21, 2021

Citizens in northern Sunflower County can use a new ride-sharing service to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle. The service, called Healthy Destination Access, kicked off June 15 with ribbon cuttings in Rome and Drew.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health June 7, 2021

To some people, farming is an idyllic way of life, but producers face some unique stressors that can impact their well-being. In fact, a national poll by the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2019 confirmed that about two in five farmers and farm workers reported experiencing increased stress levels and more mental health challenges since 2014.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health December 4, 2020

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist has been elected to the National Board of Public Health Examiners board of directors.

Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health September 29, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Protecting providers of the world’s food includes looking out for their mental well-being.

To address this, the Mississippi State University Extension Service has certified over 20 personnel to facilitate a skills-based, online training program: Adult Mental Health First Aid. This curriculum teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health disorders and crises in their communities.

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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.

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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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