“Bodak Yellow Challenge – CMD Edition” Video

November 13th, 2017 by webmaster

Inspired by a popular challenge on social media, undergraduate students in the Department of Communicative Disorders took on the “Bodak Yellow CMD Edition” challenge. The Bodak Yellow challenge involves re-writing the lyrics to Cardi B’s (a contemporary rap artist who performed in JSU’s homecoming concert) hit song for various purposes and audiences. In the CMD edition of the Bodak Yellow challenge, students re-wrote the lyrics of the popular song to reflect their JSU experiences and knowledge of their discipline. In their version the song, students managed to include many academic topics, information from their courses, the names of their professors, and public health!

Through the undergraduate JSU chapter of the National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association, the students submitted their songs to Mrs. Whitney Perkins, the advisor. The winning song, written and performed by Mickala Hodges and Mykela Croft (senior CMD students) is attached. The video, which features the students, can be viewed on Facebook at @NSSHLAJSUUndergraduate and @CommunicativeDisordersAtJacksonStateUniversity.

In less then 48 hours, the video was viewed more than 2,500 times on the internet. The song and video will be used in recruitment efforts.

Click Here to watch the video

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Mississippi Medicaid Work Requirements

November 13th, 2017 by School of Public Health

Mississippi Medicaid Work Requirements

Public Hearings

The Mississippi Department of Medicaid has released a public notice stating their intention to submit an application for an 1115 demonstration waiver to CMS. The waiver known as the Medicaid Workplace Training Initiative, includes a work requirement for Mississippian’s covered by Medicaid.

Medicaid work requirements have often proven to be needless, counterproductive and can even add to program costs. Most adult Medicaid enrollees who can work already do. In addition, studies on other benefit programs that have work requirements have shown little or no impact on long-term employment. Medicaid work requirements will drive up the rate of uninsured Mississippians, which will ultimately result in increased health care costs for everyone.

The Mississippi Department of Medicaid is accepting public comments on this waiver and will be hosting two public hearings. Submit your comments and attend the public hearings to make sure your voice is heard!

Click here to view entire Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative application.

Public Hearings:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wolfolk Building, Room 145
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Teleconference dial in: 1-877-820-7831
Access Code: 8930051

Friday, November 17, 2017
Mississippi War Memorial Building
120 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39201

You can also mail written comments to Division of Medicaid, 550 High Street, Suite 1000, Jackson, MS 39201 or email

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Raise the Volume on Preterm Birth Seminar

October 31st, 2017 by School of Public Health

The March of Dimes and School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management) are joining together to “RAISE THE VOLUME” on preterm birth

Join us and state level healthcare and public health officials on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5 p.m. ~ SPH Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor

Let’s “imagine a world in which every baby has the opportunity to thrive, live the future they choose, and grow up to change the world.”

Panel Members:
Dr. Lessa Phillips, Medical Director, United Healthcare Community Plan of MS
Dr. Becky Waterer, VP Medical Affairs, Magnolia Health Plan
Dr. Nneka Holder, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, UMMC
Dr. Michelle Owens, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMMC
Dr. David Dzielak, Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid
Dr. Gerri Cannon-Smith, Pediatric Public Health Consultant/MSDH

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For nearly 80 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. To learn more about our solutions or donate to the March of Dimes, visit and For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Please Register:

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Alumni Highlights

July 10th, 2017 by spublichealth

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Ledetra Bridges Recent Publication

July 10th, 2017 by spublichealth

Congratulations to Ms. Ledetra Bridges on her recent publication, the Efficacy of Yoga as a Form of Treatment for Depression.  Ms. Bridges is a DrPH student with a concentration in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education.  Dr. Manoj Sharma, Professor, Behavioral Health Promotion and Education was a co-author on this publication.

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JSU School of Public Health Shines in New York

February 21st, 2017 by School of Public Health



Seyedmohammad Pourshadid (Omid), a gold medalist physician, from Iran, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, joined Jackson State University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program with a concentration in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education. While in the MPH Program, Omid successfully passed USMLE and was accepted into a residency program at Queen’s Hospital in New York.   Last month, he and some 60 other physicians participated in a conference. Omid’s poster was chosen as NUMBER ONE.  See his poster and certificate below. Cheers to Omid and Good for JSU School of Public Health – that is ALL OF US!






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Communicative Disorders

February 3rd, 2017 by publichealth

Undergrad Students and Evers
The City of Canton, MS presented the students in Communicative Disorders Bachelor’s Program a Certificate of Appreciation for participation in the Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males (A-TEAAM) program and I!CAN WE!CAN mentoring program. The programs are operated through the Juanita Sims Doty Foundation.

The mentoring program is in conjunction with Communicative Disorders undergraduate courses 480 and 486. Ms. Whitney Perkins, Clinical Instructor, is the Instructor of Record for the courses.

The School of Public Health Initiative congratulates CMD students on their award and commitment to the community.  Canton Mayor, Arnel D. Bogan presented the Award on December 15, 2016.

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Dyson-Davis selected as NSSLHA Student State Officer

January 18th, 2017 by publichealth

DSC03836Congratulations to Mrs. Victoria Dyson-Davis, an undergraduate senior in the Communicative Disorders department at Jackson State University, for being selected to serve as the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Student State Officer for the state of Mississippi.  Mrs. Dyson-Davis duties include serving as the liaison between the National NSSHLA and the local Mississippi chapters, supporting the various NSSLHA chapters in Mississippi, and implementing strategies aimed at increasing students’ involvement in the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association.  Dyson-Davis other duties include developing grassroots advocacy activities in Mississippi, encouraging National NSSLHA membership, and strengthening students’ participation in Better Hearing and Speech Month, which occurs in May.  The Department of Communicative Disorders and the School of Public Health Initiative are very proud of Victoria and support her efforts to be successful in this position.

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November 23rd, 2016 by publichealth

JSU MPH Students Presents at Fall 2016 Colloquium

Congratulations to the Master of Public Health students at JSU who participated in the Fall 2016 Colloquium on November 19, 2016.  The students did well in presenting their field experience in their respective specializations.  The Colloquium is in conjunction with the course PHS 508 Public Health Internship.  The students must commit to a minimum of 400 clock hours with a public health organization.  The MPH student presentations included:

  • Christopher Cox – Emerging Health Policy Issues in the Magnolia State
  • Katherine Ruiz – Imagine Better Mississippi: Simple Better Dentistry – An Oral Health Prevention Project
  • Tiarra McMillian – Exploring the Associations Between Sexual Behaviors and Spatial Mobility of African American MSM in Jackson, MS
  • Ryan Lindsey – Promoting Hygiene Amongst Our Youth
  • Einna Robinson – Assessing Cardiovascular Disease in District 5
  • Scarlet Fowler – Evaluation of a Wellness Project
  • Krista Archie – Examining the association among sexual orientation disclosure to parents, sexual risk behaviors, and current sexually transmitted infections among black MSM
  • Anthony Craft – Policy Implementation of Physical Inactivity within the Mayoral Health Council of Bolton and Edwards, MS
  • Justin Taylor – Evaluate STD programs for CT/GC among HIV negative MSM as a means to increase HIV testing and findings

mph-colloquium-fall-2016Also in attendance at the colloquium were the student internship preceptors.  The School of Public Health Initiative would like to thank the following organizations for giving our students an opportunity to gain public health experience: My Brother's Keeper, Mississippi State Representative Jeramey Anderson of District 110, Office of Community Health (MSDH), City of Grand Prairie Internship, Child & Adolescent Health, Office of Community Health (MSDH), Richard D. Hall Dental Office, and Cross Roads Clinic.

Dr. Sophia Leggett, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health and MPH Coordinator is the faculty of record for PHS 508.  Dr. Delicia McGee is the Field Placement Coordinator.  The School of Public Health Initiative places students at a site in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.  Students usually graduate with their MPH degree the same semester they present at the Colloquium.

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November 23rd, 2016 by publichealth

Jackson State University School of Public Health Initiative Represents at APHA 2016

The School of Public Health Initiative (SPHI) had several faculty, staff, students, and alumni to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver, CO, October 29 – November 2, 2016.  The annual APHA conference explores evolving research and practice in the field of public health and related disciplines.  Jackson State University School of Public Health Initiative participation was exemplified by the various oral and poster presentations. The SPHI in collaboration with the Consortium of African American Public Health Program (CAAPHP) exhibited in the Expo to recruit students to the MPH, DrPH, and Communicative Disorders Graduate Programs.  The School also recruited for vacant faculty and Department Chair positions.

The SPHI in conjunction with the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception on Monday, October 31, 2016.  JSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and APHA attendees were in attendance to enjoy food and live entertainment.  The purpose of the reception was to network and connect with individuals and organizations to assist the School of Public Health Initiative in its effort to become the first School of Public Health in the State of Mississippi.

Congratulations to Ms. Vimala Lingam, a doctoral student in Behavioral & Environmental Health. Ms. Lingam was awarded the best poster award by the Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP) Section. The poster presentation was: Integrative and complementary fall prevention strategies in Parkinson's patients: A systematic review.  Dr. Manoj Sharma is the faculty advisor to Ms. Lingam.  The following are SPHI participants in the oral and poster presentations and roundtable discussions.

Click here for the SPHI Participation List

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