MSDH News: Latest Maternal Mortality Report: Health Disparities Increase

JACKSON, Miss. — The latest Mississippi Maternal Mortality Report, released today, shines a glaring light on even greater disparities between white and black outcomes for new mothers. The Mississippi Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) is statutorily tasked with investigating maternal deaths to identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations for preventing future deaths. For the 2017- 2019…

EPA Director visits JSU for roundtable discussion on water crisis, fourth visit to Jackson

Jackson State University hosted Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba during a round table discussion with state and local community leaders as they provided updates on the looming Jackson water crisis. “When institutions of learning struggle to meet basic needs, the impact spreads well beyond dollars, learning outcomes are affected, student retention…

Free COVID-19 Vaccines/Boosters Available Friday, Nov. 18 for Jackson community

(JACKSON, Miss.) –  Free Pfizer and Moderna vaccines/boosters will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday, Nov. 18). Also, primary vaccine doses and boosters will be available for ages 5 and up. What:          Free COVID-19 Vaccinations/Boosters  Who:           Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center When:        Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 from…

Drumming to a New Heartbeat: JSU Department of Music Awarded $50,000 for cardiovascular study through African-influenced arts

The Jackson State University Department of Music is bringing African dance and music to the community through a $50,000 grant funded by the Mississippi Department of Health via the Jackson Heart Study. The grant comes from the proposal of demonstration projects sought after by the MSDH that would address health disparities in underrepresented communities. The…

Free COVID-19 Vaccines/Boosters Available Friday, Oct. 14 for Jackson community

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Free Pfizer and Moderna vaccines/boosters will be available to students, faculty, staff and community members from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Friday, Oct. 14). Also, primary vaccine doses and boosters will be available for ages 5 and up. What:          Free COVID-19 Vaccinations/Boosters  Who:           Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center When:        Friday, Oct….

Jackson State University Hosts Water Distribution for Jackson Community on Monday

(JACKSON) – The Jackson State University community is grateful for the outpouring of local and national support received during the water crisis. Because of the incredible generosity, bottled water donations have outpaced our ability to distribute and safely store on campus. Therefore, JSU will share the overflow donations with the Jackson community during a water…

Amazon To Distribute Bottled Water Tuesday At Veterans Memorial Stadium

Jackson, Miss. — Amazon’s Disaster Relief Team will distribute two 18-wheeler truckloads of bottled water to Jackson area residents Tuesday, September 6th beginning at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Water will be provided in Lot A of the stadium, as residents will be able to drive through to have water loaded into their vehicles. …

MSDH News: Dr. Justin Turner of Madison Joins MSDH

JACKSON, Miss. – Justin Turner, M.D., has joined the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) in the role of chief medical officer. Turner is an internal medicine physician and the CEO of Turner Care, LLC. He currently serves on the COVID-19 Task Forces for the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) and the City of Jackson….

MSDH News: First Monkeypox Case Identified in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — Today the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting its first case of Monkeypox in a Mississippi resident. The specimen was tested at the Mississippi State Department of Health Public Health Laboratory. An investigation to identify persons who may have encountered the patient while they were infectious is ongoing. Development (incubation) of…

MSDH News: Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available at County Health Departments

JACKSON, Miss. – Starting Monday, free at-home COVID-19 tests will be available at all Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) county health departments. Each family can receive eight tests (four packages) of BinaxNOW antigen rapid self-tests per month. No doctor’s note or documentation of any kind is necessary. These tests are not for resale. Tests…

Application deadline extended for financial grants to transform communities and improve health

DALLAS, June 7, 2022 — The American Heart Association®, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on longer, healthier lives for all, has extended the application deadline for EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator™ financial grant awards that empower entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address health disparities in under-resourced communities. Now through June 19, 2022, interested entrepreneurs may…

Five Things People of Color Should Know About Skin Cancer

(Black PR Wire) Miami, FL — A common misconception about skin cancer is that, because their skin contains a higher amount of melanin, African-Americans and people with darker skin don’t have to worry about exposure to the sun’s radiation. While it is true that skin cancer is far less prevalent in dark-skinned populations, experts say…

COVID-19 vaccines, boosters available at Jackson State University on Tuesday, May 17

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will provide free Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and boosters to students, faculty, staff and community members from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at One University Place, Suite 6, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39217. Also, the vaccine/booster will be available for children ages…

BodiMetrics Takes on Health Inequality in Wearable Health Tech Industry

Makers of the Prevention circul+ wellness ring announce new initiatives to combat racial health disparities in the wearable health technology market, including additional studies and teaming up with Kelvin Boston, a financial wellness TV show host, to raise awareness about blood monitoring device’s inaccuracies for people of color. LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —…

NBA Legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Secretary of AHCA Simone Marstiller and Clear Health Alliance Team up to Promote Awareness, Testing and Treatment for HIV/AIDS

February 7 Marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day February 07, 2022 05:08 PM Eastern Standard Time JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clear Health Alliance (CHA) hosted a conversation today among health care providers, community leaders and nonprofit organizations on prevention and care of HIV/AIDS. NBA Legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson was the spotlight of the event at the Jacksonville…

MSDH News: Mississippi Medical Cannabis Program Update

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act recently enacted by the Mississippi Legislature and signed by Governor Tate Reeves. The goal is to provide a safe and accessible program that meets the needs of patients and the public health…

COVID-19 vaccinations at Jackson State University postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 8

(JACKSON, Miss.) —  COVID-19 vaccinations at Jackson State University have been postponed today.  The Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center will resume providing free Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations and boosters from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, to students, faculty, staff and the community at One University Place, Suite 6, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson,…

COVID-19 vaccines, boosters on Tuesday, Feb. 1: Jackson State University offering Pfizer, Moderna for all adults, children ages 5 and above

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson State University will provide free Pfizer and Moderna regular vaccines and boosters to students, faculty, staff and community members from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at One University Place, Suite 6, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39217. Also, the vaccine and booster will be available for children ages 5 and above.  The Jackson-Hinds…

Jackson State University will require vaccinated, unvaccinated to wear face masks indoors; classes will be in person

(JACKSON, Miss.) — Based on the most recent guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, JSU will require face masks/coverings in all public indoor campus spaces for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, regardless of academic or extracurricular activity. Face masks are not required when outdoors. However, masks…