The mission of the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is to provide educational information and awareness about the impact of tobacco on Mississippi and to improve the culture of health in Mississippi by applying lessons learned in tobacco prevention to other leading causes of death and disease impacting our State and Nation. Our successes working with public and private organizations from across the state and around the nation have positioned us as a public health leader, which allows us to advance initiatives focused on improving health outcomes in Mississippi.

From youth programs to legislative advocacy, we have been able to forge relationships and lead collaborative efforts that have directly resulted in double digit reductions in tobacco prevalence among middle school and high schools and the adoption of more than 100 comprehensive smokefree ordinances throughout Mississippi. Over the past five years, we have expanded our focus to include childhood obesity prevention through the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Want to know what we’ve been up to over the past year? Take a look at our Annual Report!

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Just Have a Ball

Just Have A Ball raises the awareness of play as a way to combat childhood obesity in Mississippi.

Farm to School Program

The Farm to School program connects schools with local farmers to ensure students have access to fresh produce at school.

Youth Tobacco Prevention

The Partnership has developed and implemented innovative youth tobacco prevention programs for youth in grades K-12 for over a decade.


PHM Accepting Resumes for MTFC Director for Amite, Pike and Wilkinson Counties

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition (MTFC) Director for Amite, Pike and Wilkinson Counties who will oversee all of the objectives of the project as required by the Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, including, but not limited to: Maintain active coalition and board membership(s); Establish and coordinating youth program team(s) as required in the scope of work; Provide training and technical assistance to the participating community organizations and youth program teams; Distribute program information and updates, as needed regarding community events; Compile evaluation data for PHM programs and other related evaluation needs of grant; Organize communication portfolio; Input coalition activities on online data system; Work with MS State Department of Health- Communication Department regarding the release of public information, incentive approval, media placement, etc. Recruit additional grassroots partners through presentations, organizational networking and assist in sustaining an active database in the targeted counties; Develop monthly work plan for strategic planning and monthly activities/events; Recruit faith-based partners to implement and conduct PHM programs as required in the scope of work; Education and skill requirements are listed below, and a full position description can be viewed here. Inquires can be sent to frontdesk@healthy-miss.org. Education Required: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Education or Administration, and/or a minimum of (5) years experience in developing, implementing and maintaining community and/or youth programs/projects, training, and event coordination or related professional experience. Skills Required: Time management, self-motivation, excellent written and oral communication, self- directed, team oriented, basic computer literacy (Microsoft Office), and a commitment to the organization’s...

PHM Accepting Applications for Health and Wellness Coordinator

The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is now accepting applications for a Health and Wellness Coordinator who will work with the Health and Wellness Director to accomplish programmatic outreach, program development and program administration tasks. Education and skill requirements are listed below, and a full position description can be viewed here. Inquires can be sent to frontdesk@healthy-miss.org Education Required: Preferred Master degree, Minimum of a Bachelor degree in Public Health; Education; Exercise Science; Kinesiology; Health Promotions or other public health focus areas. Minimum of one (1) year working experience in program development, implementation and maintenance of community and/or health and wellness/youth prevention programs. Experience providing technical assistance and event planning. Public speaking experience and experience with interacting with elementary-aged students preferred. Skills Required: Time management, self-motivation, excellent written and oral communication, self- directed, team oriented, working knowledge of Microsoft Office operating systems, and a commitment to the organization’s mission. Travel: Up to 50% travel during normal working hours, occasional overnight...

Sen. Cochran joins Leahy in leading effort to improve Farm to School program

Sens. Leahy & Cochran Bill Would Expand Home-State Food Options for Schools WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to introduce the Farm to School Act of 2015, a measure to improve a successful program that promotes the use of home-state agriculture products in school cafeterias. The Leahy-Cochran legislation (S.569) would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School grant program that was initially created in 2004 but not funded until 2010. The 2015 legislation would increase school eligibility, reduce barriers for farmer participation, allow broader use of agriculture and aquaculture (including catfish) products, and restrict the amount of program funding that can be used for administrative costs. “Farm to School is a simple, but great concept to provide more economic opportunities to farmers and more home-state food options for our schools,” Cochran said. “The Farm to School Act of 2015 improves this important initiative to eliminate unnecessary barriers and provide opportunities for local communities to educate youth about agriculture while building more viable economies. The increased flexibility and reduced regulatory burdens in this bill can bring far-reaching economic benefits, especially in rural areas.” “The farm to school movement is a two-fold solution to helping address hunger in America. It both encourages healthier eating habits among children, and supports local farmers. Children, communities, farmers and schools all win under this formula,” Leahy said. “The Farm to School Act of 2015 will build on and extend these successes. Hungry children cannot learn. Providing security to our children goes beyond having roofs over their heads. It means putting food on their plates. It...