MSPHI assists the MSDH Office of Tobacco Control with ongoing implementation and update of the five-year strategic plan to address tobacco use and treatment in Mississippi. MSPHI also assists with coalition development through training and technical assistance for tobacco-free coalitions.
The Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI) will assist the Mississippi State Department of Mental Health – Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services (BADS) with implementation of technical support services for Mississippi Prevention Alliance for Communities and Colleges (mPACC). mPACC aims to alter alcohol and prescription drug consumption patterns, consequences, and risk and protective factors by funding up to seven Community Prevention Coalitions (CPCs) to serve an estimated 394,165 adolescents and 344,900 young adults from diverse social and cultural backgrounds per grant year. MSPHI will provide data analysis, coordinate a media campaign and deliver coalition development training.
MSPHI works with the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of HIV/STD to organize a department-wide work group, develop an evaluation plan and guide staff to implement community-based data collection and analysis for MSDH HIV/STD programs.
MSPHI serves as the external evaluator for Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s REACH project, which is funded by CDC. The REACH project aims to strengthen existing capacity to implement locally tailored evidence and practice-based improvements in the African American population. The goal is to reduce health disparities in the population in access and compliance to care in diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. A community-based participatory approach (CBPA) will unite public health and partners from various sectors of the community to address these disparities.
Together on Diabetes™ – U.S. is a five-year, $100 million initiative that was launched in November 2010 by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to improve health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes in the United States. Together on Diabetes works by strengthening patient self-management education, community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization. In line with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s mission to reduce health disparities, this initiative will target adult populations disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes.
In Mississippi, the MSPHI is developing a coordinated, evidence-based, community approach and plan to systematically lower the incidence and severity of diabetes in the Delta.