Dr. Mary Shaw

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  Congratulations to Dr. Mary Shaw for receiving the "Unsung SOPHE Hero" award at the SOPHE Annual Meeting on April 4-6, 2018.

Dr. Jennifer Sims

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  Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Sims who was selected as a participant in the NSF-funded workshop series entitled "Germinating Transformative Food and Water Security Research through Diversity."

Dr. Mary Shaw

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Mary Shaw, PhD, MCHES recent publications:


Associate Editor, HimPower Magazine (January 2018-Present)


Associate Editor, Ethics Department (January 2009 – December 2014). Health Promotion Practice: A Journal of Health Promotion/Health Education Application, Policy and Professional Issues. Official publication of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).


Co-Guest Editor, (2005) Special Issue on Minority Health. Eta Sigma Gamma: Health Education Monograph Series. Vol.22 (1).

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

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 Margaret.Wilson@medicaid.ms.gov.

Raise the Volume on Preterm Birth Seminar

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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 marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Please Register: http://marchofdimes.org/events/JSUSPHPAM

Alumni Highlights

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Ledetra Bridges Recent Publication

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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.

Dr. Joyce Buckner-Brown

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Joyce Buckner-Brown, PhD, MHS, RRT
Department Chair and Professor, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Buckner-Brown served as guest editor for the Family and Community Health
Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, January/March 2011 – Volume 34 – Supplement S1

JSU School of Public Health Shines in New York

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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!