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Health and Social Services Agencies

  • Center for Mississippi Health Policy serves as a catalyst for health policy debate, providing information to policy makers and the general public and communicating research findings, that will stimulate dialogue and inform decision-making. 
  • Medicare Providers provides medicare details, addresses, and contact information for Family Medicine doctors in Mississippi.
  • Mississippi Department of Human Services provides a wide range of public assistance programs, social services, and support for children, low-income individuals and families. Call 601-359-4500 for general inquiries.
  • Mississippi Division of Medicaid is a state and federal program created by the Social Security Amendments of 1965 to provide health coverage for eligible, low income populations.
  • Mississippi Health Advocacy Program focuses on improving health polices, practices, and funding, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people. 
  • Mississippi Healthcare Solutions Institute is a collaboration of healthcare providers, business leaders and state officials that focus on strengthening Mississippi's economy through developing the state's healthcare industry.
  • Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, located at Mississippi State University, is an interdisciplinary unit devoted to research on issues related to health, health services and health policy. 
  • Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI) promotes public health through projects in policy evaluation, community health, data analysis and health access. 
  • Mississippi Rural Health Association focuses its collective energy on events and activities that provide the largest degree of support, including rural health clinic workshops, tobacco cessation trainings, diabetes awareness, and a variety of communication tools that include information pertaining to health.
  • Mississippi State Department of Health provides free publications including a health information materials list; directories of child care centers, hearing aid dealers, youth camps, speech pathologists, audio-linguists, physical therapists, and technicians who enucleate eyes; and statistical reports. Serial publications include the Vital Statistics Annual Report; Mississippi Morbidity Report, monthly; and Mississippi State Department of Health Annual Report. Search their Healthfinder.gov link to find a doctor or other healthcare provider near you.

Mental Health

  • Mississippi Department of Mental Health provides a variety of services for mental health, IDD, alcohol and drug addictions, and Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementia are available across the state. To find the nearest DMH Certified Service Providers in your area, click here and enter your county. Please contact the certified provider directly regarding availability of services.
  • Mental Health Association of South Mississippi has direct service programs of support for people with mental health challenges and prevention education. These include a drop-in center for adults, homeless outreach, supportive housing, wellness education and peer support.

State Health Care Policy and Advocacy

  • Center for Mississippi Health Policy is an independent, non-profit organization that provides objective information to inform health policy decisions. The institute provides data and resources links to a variety of topics including rual health, health professions, census data and health coverage.
  • Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide professional association of approximately 1,016 members, including physicians, residents and medical students. Since 1949, MAFP has represented the professional interests of Mississippi family physicians, providing postgraduate medical education and encouraging medical students to enter this field and to advance the patient-physician relationship. 
  • Mississippi Policy Research Center at Mississippi State University conducts research on social, economic, political, human resource and social-environmental problems including healthcare, health policy, tobacco control, law enforcement, the justice system, family well-being and more.
  • Mississippi Public Health Institute is a nonprofit entitity that promotes public health through projects in policy evaluation, community health, data analysis, and health access. Staff have expertise in clinical health outcomes, medicine, health law, policy, public health, education, information technology, evaluation, social and behavioral health, and health systems.
  • Mississippi Rural Health Association focuses its collective energy on events and activities that provide the largest degree of support, including rural health clinic workshops, tobacco cessation trainings, diabetes awareness, and a variety of communication tools that include the most up-to-date information pertaining to health. In addition, we provide resources that assist practitioners, administrators, and everyday citizens for rural health.
  • Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) is the largest physician organization in the state representing more than 5,000 physicians, residents and medical students. Services include creating programs to improve public health. MSMA is involve in numerous public health initiatives and education programs designed to educate legislators and the ublic on Mississippi's public health status.

National Health Advocacy Sites

  • American Academy of Family Physicians and its chapters represent 120,900 family physician, resident, and medical student members. Family physicians play a critical role in improving the health of patients, families and communities across the United States. The AAFP is committed to helping family physicians improve Americans' health by advancing the specialty of family medicine. 
  • American Medical Association is the professional organization for physicians in the United States. The association is active in legislative issues and in setting standards for medical practice and education.   
  • Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit group of medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies. It provides assistance for members in the areas of education, research and patient care.
  • The American Osteopathic Association serves as the professional family for more than 110,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. The organization promotes public health and encourages scientific research and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools.  
  • The Robert Graham Center staff is made up of a group of clinician researchers and a variety of social scientists from sociologists to geographers to economists. Supporting the work of the Graham Center is our Advisory Board, which provides advice and guidance to aid in navigating the important policy issues facing primary care.
  • Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of Americans.
  • National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants is a non-profit healthcare advocacy organization dedicated to empowering advocates and consumers to navigate America's healthcare system effectively and facilitate informed decisions around high quality, timely, safe and affordable care.