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MSDH awards $2M to organizations addressing health disparities

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The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded nearly $2 million to organizations that address health disparities and advance health equity across the state.

“What we’re seeing is that the burden of disease and illness is on racial and ethnic minority populations and the rural and urban poor, and these communities need help,” MSDH Chief of Community Health and Clinical Services Victor Sutton said.

The groups selected for grants were chosen based on their ability to address barriers to strong health outcomes – including language and literacy skills – faced by historically excluded populations in the community.

“A major goal of all the funded projects is to ensure every resident in the state gets the help and support they deserve,” Sutton continued.

Awardees are:

  • Boat People S.O.S, Biloxi
  • Central Mississippi Inc., Winona
  • El Pueblo, Biloxi
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Breast Cancer Foundation, Greenwood
  • Jackson State University, Jackson
  • Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance, Jackson
  • Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Okolona
  • Mom.ME, Jackson
  • Operation Shoestring Inc., Jackson
  • Refill Jackson Initiative, Jackson
  • The Church Triumphant Global, Jackson
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford

To learn more about health equity in Mississippi, click here.

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