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Mississippi State Department of Health - State Partnership Program

Grantee Information

Mississippi State Department of Health 570 E. Woodrow Wilson, P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, MS 39215
(601) 576-7266 (Phone)
(601) 576-8215 (Fax)

The mission of the Mississippi State Department of Health is to promote and protect the health of all its citizens.

Grant Project Information

The Magnolia Model: Mississippi State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
Dr. Lovetta Brown
(601) 576-7266


The Magnolia Model Program addresses the disproportionate health burdens afflicting minority populations by engaging in educational community campaigns as well as expanding the services available to minority populations across Mississippi. This project will focus on hepatitis B in the Vietnamese communities, infant mortality among all minority groups, cardiovascular disease mortality, diabetes and hypertension among African-American men and women. To this end, the Mississippi Department of Health will partner with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MDMH), University of Mississippi, Jackson State University and Morehouse School of Medicine. Through this partnership, they will conduct educational campaigns, assess disease prevalence and conduct pregnancy prevention campaigns. It will also assess providers who have relationships with the different communities, engage in awareness campaigns, hold Hepatitis screenings and convene legislative hearings on healthcare reform in order to promote public health policies. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected from pre/post surveys, key informant interviews and town hall meetings. It will include information on the number of participants in different communities, the number of participants screened for hepatitis B and assessment scores.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not identified.

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