Just Have A Ball

Just Have A Ball raises the awareness of play as a way to combat childhood obesity in Mississippi. Our program has given away over 30,000 pieces of sports equipment since 2007!

Farm to School

The Partnership is actively involved with making access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods easier for Mississippians.We have reached over 10,000 students with our Farm to School Programs!

Youth Programs

The Partnership has developed and implemented innovative youth tobacco prevention programs for youth in grades K-12 for almost 20 years reaching over 1.73 Million students!

A National Leader


The Partnership has been a national leader in tobacco prevention since its inception, developing interactive educational and training programs for youth and adults

that focus on long-term behavioral and cultural change. Twenty years after the settlement tobacco prevalence among middle and high school students has dropped significantly,

and much of the success can be attributed to efforts of our collaborative network.

Our Mission


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 History


The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi was born out of a commitment to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs included in the state’s 1994 settlement with the tobacco industry.

These programs were intentionally designed to reverse the trend of tobacco use in Mississippi and create a robust culture of health and wellness.

A collaborative effort by public and private organizations spearheaded by former Attorney General Mike Moore led to the formation of The Partnership in 1998. 

Our model was based on the Centers for Disease Control Best Practices and included:

• Tobacco prevention programming for youth in grades K-12;

• Teacher training and materials;

• School-based tobacco nurses;

• Faith-based tobacco prevention programming;

• After-school activities;

• Law enforcement training programs;

• Collegiate prevention programming;

• Statewide tobacco quitline;

• Community-based partnerships; and

• Tobacco treatment services throughout the state.

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While there are some teams that will be throwing the "pig skin" around today, it's a reality for some of our children to not have the means to purchase a football. Instead, they toss around shoe leather in some cases. This is a heartbreaking scenario. Your donation to The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi will allow us to purchase sports balls for some of the most needy children in the state. To date, our Just Have a Ball program has given out more than 30,000 sports balls across the state. Please consider supporting us through tax deductible donation through the link below. ow.ly/RTM830mUjbr ... See MoreSee Less

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The month of December is the one month we most associate with giving. Kickoff this December by helping The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and The College and University Anti-Hunger Alliance eradicate hunger on college and university campuses across the state. Click the link to donate: ow.ly/PCvG30mOIMW ... See MoreSee Less

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