UpRoot is a collaborative effort to assess and improve the health of Mississippi. This effort includes the input of over 90 partner organizations, including business groups, non-profits, and state agencies. These organizations were convened by the Mississippi State Department of Health beginning in 2014 to complete various components of the State Health Assessment and the State Health Improvement Plan. These groups have worked hard to candidly evaluate the health issues that are having the greatest impact on Mississippians and develop plans to address these issues together.

Aside from putting these plans into action, we want to continue to mobilize new partners and work with community members to think about new ways to uproot the systems and circumstances that contribute to poor health in Mississippi. Building a healthier Mississippi will require input from people and organizations that have diverse interests and perspectives. UpRoot seeks to bring representatives of Mississippi’s diverse communities together to find ways to improve the health of all of our state’s residents.

The UpRoot partnership is guided by the following Vision and Values.

Vision

All Mississippians living healthier, longer lives due to a thriving public health effort that is supported by active and committed citizens and organizations

Values

Integrity

Strive to do the right thing to achieve the best public health outcomes through honesty, trustworthiness, and transparency in all we do;

Collaboration

Value the diversity and unique contributions of partners, develop positive relationships, foster innovative solutions, and strengthen capacity to accomplish our mission;

Service

Demonstrate a commitment to public health through compassionate actions and stewardship of time, resources, and talents;

Quality

Exhibit superior performance and continuous improvement in knowledge and expertise;

Equity

Promote equity through fairness and social justice within the context of health in diverse communities;

Effectiveness

Utilize evidence, science, best practices, resources, and time to achieve optimal results;

Accountability

Maintain the highest standards of responsibility, transparency, and accountability to the citizens of Mississippi.