We convene. We work across disciplines and sectors to engage individuals and organizations who have both explicit and implicit interests in public health. This approach requires us to free ourselves to look for new ways to solve old problems. We constantly evaluate what and who we have to work with, determine unmet needs, and then develop and deliver collaborative programming, shared learning opportunities, and expert-led training and technical assistance.
We also offer sound administrative and fiscal management, provide workforce development through training and technical assistance, and conduct research and evaluation.
For nearly a decade, our team at MSPHI has:
- provided evidence-based, relevant, and effective training and professional development opportunities to Mississippi’s behavioral health professionals
- delivered training to promote workforce development, reduce substance use stigma, and foster effective use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- enhanced the co-occurring treatment capacity of the behavioral health network.
We innovate. We embrace and employ new ways to do public health, moving beyond county-based clinics or medical measures to put population health practices firmly into communities. We help local-area organizations identify their needs and determine modern answers to satisfying solutions. Our multi-disciplinary team of technical experts, management consultants, and communication and outreach strategists tackle long-standing problems related to public and mental health. We look not only at known public health risk factors but also into social determinants of emerging, infectious, and chronic diseases. We seek, find, and deliver fresh approaches.
Beyond broad health policy consultation, we have contributed to:
- Victims of Crime Assistance program – by conducting process evaluation and guiding the grant review process
- Tobacco Control – through five-year strategic planning, technical assistance on policy and sustainability, and marketing and training for tobacco cessation
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – by assessing whether equipment and procedures can adequately provide WIC services, especially in Head Start centers
- Maternal and Infant Health – by focusing on the “Safe Sleep Project” so parents can learn about sleep-related infant deaths risks, ways to keep babies safe, and ensure that every baby has a safe place to sleep
- Communicable Disease – by coordinating efforts to get physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and other partners to work better with epidemiologists; also by delivering education and training for health care professionals on infection control practices; and determining the need for and then doing continuing education for Ryan White program staff, especially in team building and customer service.
Administratively for the Mississippi State Department of Health, we conducted needs assessments regarding syringe services and the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.