MSMA, MSDH to release 2023 State Health Report Card

Published 2:40 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) this week announced the unveiling of the 2023 State Health Report Card. The release event is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

“The State Board of Health and the Mississippi State Department of Health are unwavering in our dedication to protecting and advancing the health, well-being, and safety of all Mississippians,” State Health Officer Daniel Edney, MD said. “Acknowledging our health challenges, we reject the status quo and declare an urgent commitment to transform Mississippi‘s public health system. With a focus on our 2.9 million residents, we will challenge the notion of being the unhealthiest state. Through strategic partnerships and community engagement, we will transcend traditional boundaries to enhance public health. It’s time for immediate action, utilizing data and evidence-based methods to drive positive change. Mississippi can rise above these challenges, and together, we will forge a healthier future for every individual in our state.”

The report card aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state’s health indicators, highlighting key areas of progress and areas that require attention. This collaborative effort between MSMA and MSDH underscores the commitment to promoting public health and well-being throughout Mississippi.

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“Every improvement made towards better public health outcomes in our state pays dividends for a healthier Mississippi, a more productive Mississippi, and a future Mississippi abounding with opportunity,” MSMA President, John Mitchell, MD said.

As part of the unveiling, the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance will conduct a Capitol Screening Initiative (CSI) in the Capitol Rotunda from 8 until to 11 a.m. This initiative is designed to offer health screenings to lawmakers, focusing on various aspects of health and well-being. The screenings include:

  • Addiction & Behavioral Health
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Stroke

These screenings provide an opportunity for lawmakers to assess their health status and gain valuable insights into preventive measures and early detection. The Capitol Screening Initiative aligns with the broader mission of MSMA and MSDH to improve the overall health outcomes for the people of Mississippi.