How We Came to Be

Mississippi Public Health Institute had been operational for several years, actively engaged in public health work with and for other organizations before becoming a 501(c)(3) organization in 2011. Now positioned as a unique public trust, we work with a range of state, regional, and national partners to address some of the most complex and challenging public and mental health issues confronting the most vulnerable Mississippians.

We have successfully helped many Mississippians lead healthier lives and get the care they need through program innovation. While we focus on advancing population health in Mississippi, MSPHI is part of a national network of federal, state, and local government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and community-based organizations whose intent is to improve the health and well-being of all people. Our approach to do population health rather than sick care distinguishes the organization.

Our organization benefits from over a decade of public health accomplishments that guide our work. These notable publications serve as the foundation for our thinking and approach to the work we do in communities throughout the state:

  • 1979 Surgeon General’s Report: Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Healthy People 1990: Promoting Health/Preventing Disease: Objectives for the Nation
  • Healthy People 2000: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives
  • Healthy People 2010: Objectives for Improving Health
  • Healthy People 2020