Public Health

Learn which issues are of greatest concern to the health of Mississippians, and link your efforts with existing work.

The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) helps groups and individuals from multiple sectors to work on a common set of issues in order to improve the health of Mississippians. Public health professionals can use the State Health Assessment (SHA) or SHIP to determine which issues are of greatest concern to the health of Mississippians.

Medical

While the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is directed at improving the health of the population, there are several ways that you as a healthcare provider can help out. Part of the SHIP's aim is to create a culture of health, bringing awareness to public health issues that traditionally have not been associated with health. The information on this site will help you understand the issues of Mississippians as a whole and how different groups are working to address those issues.

Government

Public-health professionals can use the State Health Assessment (SHA) or State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) to determine which issues are of greatest concern to the health of Mississippians. The SHIP helps groups and individuals from multiple sectors to work on a common set of issues in order to improve the health of Mississippians.

Business

Businesses have a tremendous impact on the health of their employees and the individuals and communities they serve. As community leaders, business owners can take a role in shaping health through the examples they set in their workplace culture. Additionally, businesses can leverage the influence they wield in their communities to push for initiatives the promote health. Businesses thrive when they are staffed by a workforce that is happy, healthy, and productive.

Community

Community members can use the SHIP as both a resource and as a source of inspiration for future work promoting health. The SHIP report contains a large amount of data that may be useful for community groups who are trying to better understand health in Mississippi. Additionally, this is the first time that health has been evaluated in our state with so much input from community members and partner organizations.

Education

From Pre-K to college, education is an important factor in good health. Teachers, students, parents, and other members of the educational community can have an important impact on the health of Mississippi’s students. If you are part of the educational community, you can use UPRoot to promote health consciousness inside the classroom. Teachers can develop lessons that focus on some of the issues that contribute to good health, including the social determinants of health. Students can plan events and initiatives to develop a culture of health on their campuses. Regardless of the age of your students, health literacy should be a component of education, as education is a critical determinant of health status. You can learn more about the health issues affecting our state and how the educational community is part of the solution.