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PROMISE Team Members

David Buys

Dr. David Buys, MSPH, CPH
Project Codirector
State Health Specialist, MSU Extension Service
MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
P.O. Box 9805
Mississippi State, MS 39762
david.buys@msstate.edu
662-325-3060 (office)
662-769-9830 (cell)

 

Mary Nelson Robertson

 

Mary Nelson Robertson, PhD
Project Coordinator
Extension Associate, MSU Extension Service
MSU Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion
945 Stone Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762
mnr72@msstate.edu
662-325-3200 (office)

 

Alisha Hardman

 

Alisha Hardman, PhD
Family Life Specialist, MSU Extension Service
MSU School of Human Sciences
P.O. Box 9745
Mississippi State, MS 39762
a.hardman@msstate.edu
662-325-7839 (office)

 

Laura Downey

 

Laura Downey, PhD
Associate Extension Professor, MSU Extension Service
MSU School of Human Sciences
221 Lloyd-Ricks-Watson (255 Tracy Dr)
Mississippi State, MS 39762
laura.downey@msstate.edu
662-325-7690 (office)

 

Amanda Stone

 

Amanda Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor, MSU Extension Service
MSU Animal and Dairy Sciences
P.O. Box 9815
Mississippi State, MS 39762
amanda.stone@msstate.edu
662-325-3516 (office)

 

 

Je’Kylynn Steen

 

Je’Kylynn Steen
Graduate Research Assistant
MSU Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion
945 Stone Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762
js3749@msstate.edu

 

Holli Seitz

 

Holli Seitz, MPH, PhD
MSU Department of Communication
P.O. Box 9574
Mississippi State, MS 39762
hseitz@comm.msstate.edu
662-325-7840 (office)

 

Daniel Williams

 

Daniel Williams, PhD
Psychologist
University of Mississippi Medical Center 2500 N State St
Jackson, MS 39216
888-815-2005

 

Other Partners:

  • Ann Sansing, Co-Project Director
  • Elizabeth G. North, Co-Project Director
  • Emily Cox, Tishomingo County
  • Beth Youngblood, Lee County
  • Romona Edge, Itawamba County
  • Rozelia Harris, Office of Rural Health
  • Jennifer Pope, Bureau of Narcotics
  • Ann Rodio, Department of Mental Health
  • Meg Pearson, Department of Mental Health

 

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Publications

News

Closeup of gummy vitamins in a child’s hand
Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Prescription Opioid Misuse August 3, 2022

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Over-the-counter medications and supplements seem safer than prescription drugs, but a dramatic rise in pediatric melatonin overdoses serves as a warning that these products can be dangerous and must be stored safely.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 530% increase in melatonin overdose in children from 2012 to 2020. Most of these ingestions were unintentional and occurred among children 5 or younger in their homes.

Man on a farm holding a baseball cap.
Filed Under: Farming, Farm Safety, The PROMISE Initiative, Farm Stress, Rural Health June 3, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- For Nathan Casburn, the land that has been in his family since the early 1900s is now more than simply his workplace.

The Tallahatchie County farm is a place of healing from an opioid addiction that began with pain medication prescribed after he was in a car accident during high school.

Casburn explained in a miniseries titled “On the Farm” that one of the biggest hurdles in his recovery was “saying I can’t do this on my own, and I need help with this.”

Man in a maroon shirt and baseball cap in a greenhouse.
Filed Under: Agriculture, AIM for CHangE, Mental Health First Aid July 22, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Miss. -- Jim McAdory wears many hats. On any given day, the Mississippi State University Extension Service agent fields calls from local cattle farmers, teaches kids about the importance of daily nutrition, and tests soil to diagnose front yard and garden harvest problems -- all before lunch.

Based in Winston County, McAdory recently gained an additional role: Mental Health First Aid instructor.

A tractor parked outside of a shed at night.
Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative June 24, 2021
By Erica Hensley
For the MSU Extension Service

Colby Hardin managed his depression since he was diagnosed at 18. With medication, he kept it under control throughout college, while working at Mississippi State University's dairy farm.

Flood waters surround a home in the south Delta.
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.

Success Stories

A man gazes off to the left as the sun sets behind him and two cows look at him from the opposite side of the fence he is leaning on.
Agriculture, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health
Volume 8 Number 1

Extension destigmatizes mental health issues, one conversation at a time

When Colby Hardin first started working at the Arkansas Department of Corrections dairy farm, he prepared as if going to war.

 

A woman wearing a blue collared jacket stands in the fruit aisle of a grocery store.
Peanuts, Irrigation, Equine, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs, The PROMISE Initiative, Nutrition, EFNEP
Volume 5 Number 2

In this "What's New in Extension," Extension agents implement better safety standards, train to deliver Mental Health First Aid, and receive national recognition. Also, new irrigation and specialists join the Extension family.

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Portrait of Dr. David Buys
Associate Professor
State Health Specialist
Portrait of Ms. Mary Nelson Robertson
Assistant Professor