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Managing Your Medication

Managing Your Medication

MISSISSIPPI DELTA – In a region of America where money for healthcare is tight and diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are as common as cotton fields in the summer, patients here always ask the same two questions: “Am I getting the right medicine to make me feel better?” “Can I afford the medicine I [...]

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Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Ruleville, Miss. – The seemingly insignificant act of reading the label on a soda can and then focusing to read the numbers on the can’s bar code only becomes important when put into the context of saving lives. So when medical staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., trained the lens [...]

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Maternal Infant Health

Maternal Infant Health

Itta Bena, Miss. – In a world full of excuses, Kimberly Cross hasn’t one to offer. A 24-year-old single mother to a 21-month-old daughter and a nine-month old son in one of the poorest regions of America, Kimberly managed to go to college during both pregnancies, receiving a business administration degree in May 2009 from [...]

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GOTCHA

GOTCHA

Belzoni, Miss. – When it comes to helping others stay healthy, Rev. Lorene Delaney likens herself to the archetypical man in the desert searching for water. “I just have to keep going and going,” she says. “And when I can’t go anymore, I hope someone picks up the torch and carries it forward.” Rev. Delaney’s [...]

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Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan

Greenville, Miss. – The pounding headaches. The lack of sleep. The depression. The inability to hold a job. Just as Leon Hughes was ready to lose all hope, and possibly his life, he found a good Samaritan. “I wouldn’t be here without this place. I’ve lost nearly 50 pounds. I don’t have the headaches. I’m [...]

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Nutrition Needs of Students in the School Setting

Nutrition Needs of Students in the School Setting

Pope, Miss. – Twelve-year-old Tyler Hawkins remembers the day last year when they took the deep fryers out of his school cafeteria. “It was kind of weird not having regular french fries. But now everybody’s kind of used to them being baked,” said Tyler, a seventh-grader at Pope Middle School. “I think by eating healthier, [...]

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Enhancing the Workforce

Enhancing the Workforce

Indianola, Miss. – Perry Jenkins understands that a well trained healthcare workforce in the Mississippi Delta trickles down to most every aspect of the region’s economy. “From the beginning, we knew that the healthcare industry plays a vital role in the success of the Delta as a whole. More informed, better skilled healthcare workers translate [...]

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