College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

2013 Faculty Grants—Center for Population Studies

Green, J., primary investigator

New Pathways: Education and Workforce Development for Children’s Health in the Mississippi Delta

Sponsor: Dreyfus Health Foundation/W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Award Amount: $41,000.00

Right From the Start: Research and Evaluation Concerning Disparities in Preterm Births

Sponsor: The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
Award Amount: $12,500.00

The New Pathways to Health Program

Sponsor: Dreyfus Health Foundation/W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Award Amount: $165,000.00

The New Pathways to Health Initiative was developed to promote healthy behaviors and enhance educational and mentorship opportunities in five counties located in the Delta region of Mississippi, creating pathways for young people interested in pursuing careers in healthcare and ultimately improving access to care for vulnerable families. Despite the many health and socioeconomic challenges in the Delta region, there is substantial energy among a number of organizations to tackle these problems and increase opportunities for youth and community advocates in the area. The Dreyfus Health Foundation of The Rogosin Institute (DHF) first began working in the region in 2003, introducing its Problem Solving for Better Health® (PSBH) methodology, which draws on community strengths, resources, and participation to address health-related challenges. Building on prior PSBH projects and an ever-evolving network, DHF has partnered with the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, Inc. (AEH), Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce (ONW), Tri-County Workforce Alliance (TCWA), and the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies (CPS) to create, implement, and evaluate the New Pathways to Health Initiative. Funding is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The CPS provides research and evaluation services for this initiative.

Right From the Start: Research and Evaluation Concerning Disparities in Preterm Births

Sponsor: The Community Foundation of NW Mississippi/W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Award Amount: $12,500.00

Right! from the Start builds awareness of preterm birth and associated health outcomes, advocates for the needs of vulnerable children and families, and provides action oriented and evidence-based education to improve maternal and child health services. Special attention is given to socioeconomic stressors, the importance of breastfeeding, and the creation of more mother and baby supportive health care environments. Activities are concentrated in the Delta region of Northwest Mississippi, but this initiative has the potential to inform work across the state. Right! from the Start is a collaborative program between Women and Children’s Health Initiatives and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies (CPS) assists with this program by providing research, development, and evaluation services through the Institute for Community-Based Research.