Core Partners

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Delta Council

Delta Council is an area economic development organization representing the eighteen Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi.  It was organized in 1935 by a group of agricultural, business, and professional leadership of the area in an effort to work together to solve common problems and promote the development of the economy of the area.  With headquarters at Stoneville, Delta Council is supported and financed by dues-paying members and by the counties that it represents.

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Delta State University

Delta State University (DSU) is a public institution that provides a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum, offering 12 baccalaureate degrees in 42 majors.  It seeks to meet the need for advanced training in certain fields through programs of study for eight master’s degrees, the Educational Specialist degree and the Doctor of Education degree.   Approximately 76 percent of its enrollment comes from the Delta, 15 percent from other parts of the state, and 10 percent from outside the state. DSU identifies the Delta as its primary public service region, while acknowledging the importance of research and service that also benefits the state and nation.  It is located in Cleveland.

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Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University (MSU) is a public, land-grant, doctoral, research University in Starkville. Its mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population and to offer excellent and extensive programs of instruction, research, and outreach.  Mississippi State offers a comprehensive range of graduate and undergraduate programs. The University’s educational programs emphasize the exploration of ideas and the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge.  MSU extends its resources and expertise throughout the entire state for the benefit of Mississippi’s citizens.

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Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) is a four-year public university and liberal arts college offering academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels through its four colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Professional Studies and Graduate Studies.  It is a historically black university and was officially founded in 1950 as a teachers college.  MVSU, located in Itta Bena, is surrounded by rural farmland.  Public service is an important function of the institution as it continues to impact the economic and cultural development of the region.

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University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) unites the interrelated activities of education in the health sciences and accepts responsibility for teaching, research, service and leadership in this field. Its programs embrace training for physicians, dentists, nurses, and related members of the health team; graduate medical education; graduate dental education; graduate study in the health sciences; and the delivery of health care in the teaching hospitals and clinics. UMC is located in Jackson and houses the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Related Professions, Dentistry and Graduate Studies, the University Hospitals and Clinics, and the Rowland Medical Library.

Other Partners

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Capps Center for Workforce Technology (The Capps Center)

The Capps Center is the Workforce Education division of Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC). The primary purpose of the Capps Center is to focus on the training, education, and skills improvement needs of businesses and industries. The organization specializes in highly intensive, short duration programs and recommends nationally recognized certifications when appropriate. The Center offers short-term classes, customized training for business and industry, and job readiness training for those entering the workforce. The Charles W. Capps, Jr. Technology Center is located in Indianola.

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Mississippi Hospital Association

The Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) is the state organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. The Association promotes excellence in health services through advocacy, education and information.  MHA ensures that members’ perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in state and national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates and judicial matters.  It is located in Madison.

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Mississippi Primary Health Care Association

The Mississippi Primary Health Care Association (MPHCA) is a membership organization that represents 21 Community Health Centers in the State and other community-based health care providers. The MPHCA is a non-profit organization, and it represents the interests of its members in statewide efforts to improve access to healthcare for the medically underserved and indigent population of Mississippi. The organization provides a variety of services to its members including assistance with recruitment of health care professionals, education and training activities, technical assistance, state and national-based advocacy and a group insurance program for member employees. The MPHCA is located in Jackson.

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Mississippi State Department of Health

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is a state organization that represents all counties of the state and its citizens. The mission of the MSDH is to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Mississippi. The MSDH works to achieve excellence in government, cultural competence in carrying out its mission, and local solutions to local problems. The MSDH functions through an established process of monitoring program and service delivery activities carried out by local health departments within the centralized organizational structure. The desired result is a continuous improvement in the quality of services delivered to all citizens in the state of Mississippi. It is located in Jackson.

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University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi (UM) is a public education institution that fosters a community of learning dedicated to nurturing excellence in intellectual inquiry and personal character in an open and diverse environment. The University, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center has over 17,000 students with 69 percent of all students from the state, and 19 percent of students who are minorities. The University has nine academic divisions on its main campus and offers more than 20 major research centers. It is located in Oxford.

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University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive doctoral and research extensive university. Founded in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi strives to be a leading university by providing academic excellence and cultural enrichment, conducting innovative research and economic development, and creating healthier communities. USM serves nearly 16,000 students on its main campus and at five teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. USM is located in Hattiesburg.

Corporate and Foundation Supporters

Cardinal Health Foundation

Cardinal Health is a Fortune 21 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As the business behind healthcare, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc.

Entergy‘s focus is to improve the quality of life in communities where Entergy operates through strategic investments in education, low income / poverty initiatives, environmental programs and diversity and inclusion programs.


Merck’s vision is to make a difference in the lives of people globally through our innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, consumer health and animal products. We aspire to be the best healthcare company in the world and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for tomorrow.

Project Hope

Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe. We are committed to long-term sustainable health care. Our work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health facilities, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help.

Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that doctors and patients need to make better healthcare decisions. We are pioneers in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.


The Wapack Foundation