Many outstanding activities and accomplishments in our public health system are taking place in Mississippi. Too often, we only hear about being last or “near the bottom” and complacency takes hold. We often feel overwhelmed with the challenges of improving health in Mississippi.
In this document, MPHA takes the initiative to focus on many of the public health achievements across a wide spectrum of public health in our state. We highlight the many positive programs and activities of the Mississippi State Department of Health and their ongoing efforts to protect Mississippians and promote health in our state.
Finally, we also highlight the accomplishments of the Mississippi Public Health Association over the past eight years in becoming the voice for public health in Mississippi and its leadership role in promoting a culture of health.
MPHA received the title of APHA’s 2014 Outstanding Affiliate of the Year at APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo held in New Orleans, November 15-19, 2014. APHA is the nation’s leading professional organization and advocacy group for public health.
“This is a tremendous honor four our Association and our valued members and supporters statewide,” says MPHA 2014 President, Kay Henry. “We look forward to continuing to grow the voice for public health in our state.”
The first city in Mississippi named a “Healthiest Hometown” by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Hernando has become a model of public health success in our state. The city has been recognized for everything from its bicycle friendliness to its thriving farmers market. Learn more about our model for public health in Missisippi – Hernando!
Through a public-private partnership, DeSoto County has taken steps to create a series of connected trails and green spaces. The result has been an increased quality of life for DeSoto County residents, who are now able to access nature, stay active and build community.
Mississippi recently recorded its lowest infant mortality figures ever. While Mississippi’s rate remains among the highest in the nation, the state’s rate declined from 11.4 deaths per 1000 live births in 2005 to 8.8 in 2012. Public health officials point to a corresponding decrease in teen births and an increase of healthy habits during pregnancy.
A recent report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Mississippi’s childhood obesity rate had dropped 13.3 percent for children grades K-5. The report noted a series of statewide public health initiatives and policies – including updated nutrition standards for school vending machines, the 2007 Healthy Students Act, and the in-classroom fitness Move to Learn campaign.
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