Who We Are

Visionaries created MSPHI to support and promote public health and to help advance public health in Mississippi, establishing the organization as leaders in the state’s public health evolution. We focus on the pressing and challenging public and behavioral health care issues that our communities face.

Organic growth since our inception has set the stage for MSPHI to help frame an evolved, modern approach to advance population health in Mississippi.

We envision a system that includes-

  • a chief health strategist to help advance community-driven solutions
  • In the new model for public health practice, communities need public health leaders who can see the big picture – the social determinants of health and the huge disparities by race/ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation, interpersonal violence and trauma, income, and geography. These leaders will be equipped to work with all relevant partners to drive public health initiatives and outcomes.
  • structured, cross-sector partnerships to foster shared funding, services, ownership, governance, and collective action
  • Engaging community stakeholders – both public and private sectors – is instrumental in developing positive partnerships that lead to positive actions and improved health outcomes.
  • nationally accredited workforce of forward-thinking change makers
  • Research shows that a well-trained, accredited workforce results in quality improvement and enhanced capacity, which is why we work with state and national partners to provide accessible and relevant training for public health professionals throughout the state.
  • use of timely and locally relevant data, metrics, and analytics
  • When public and private sectors work together, communities can access and act on real-time data that can be shared, linked, and synthesized to inform action. With this, communities can measure effects on health care and public health, especially the social determinants of health, environmental outcomes, and health disparities.
  • enhanced, substantially modified funding for public health
  • The Public Health 3.0 model suggests “blending and braiding of funds from multiple sources should be encouraged and allowed.” Leveraging every available dollar, including public, private, and philanthropic funding, benefits both partners and community.