Project CHANGE

My Brother’s Keeper, Inc., received one of 61 awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grants (CTG) to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases and disparities, promote healthier lifestyles, and control health care spending through sound environmental health and policy change. Nationwide, other communities have also worked together to decrease health disparities and ignite a culture of health and comprehensive wellness.

MBK’s Project CHANGE:  Creating a Healthier Mississippi One Community at a Time,  is the ever growing result of CTG funding.  Currently, the initiative is extending its reach into the Central-Southwest Mississippi River Region by exercising an approach based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The revised evidence-based approach includes other chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and stroke, with the aim to address poor nutrition, physical inactivity and the lack of chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities through the expansion of innovative and sustainable PSE change strategies that have a broad reach and moderate to large health effects.

The Project CHANGE Initiative supports community health prevention strategies that focus on Tobacco-Free Living, Active Living and Healthy Eating, High Impact Quality Clinical and Other Preventive Services, Social and Emotional Wellness, and Healthy and Safe Physical Environments in Mississippi through community-based participatory approaches (CBPA).  Project CHANGE’s CBPA is designed to improve health outcomes in the State of Mississippi by building capacity among statewide stakeholders (grantees) to create infrastructure and increase efficacy toward transforming Mississippi’s history of negative health outcomes into a legacy of wellness.

Project CHANGE: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy:

  • Farmers’ Perceptions of Local Food Procurement, Mississippi, 2013

Our Grantees

Project CHANGE has funded 33 Mississippi organizations since its inception and currently supports 13 initiatives across the state through sub-awards. Communities are joining My Brother’s Keeper in the charge to understand broad evidence and practice based policies along with environmental, programmatic and infrastructure systems change strategies while using those strategies to enhance healthy living in Mississippi.  Through assertive collaborations, partnerships, capacity-building and training, Project CHANGE is reaching into new markets, arenas and populations with the goal of creating a healthier Mississippi one community at a time.The following organizations are completing Community Health Assessments, Policy Scans, Environmental Scans, Secondary Data Analysis, Telling Your Story mechanisms or piloting science-based, sustainable programs across the state.


2011 Grantees 

The Jefferson Board of Supervisors, Jefferson County
Jackson State University, Statewide
The University of Southern Mississippi, Statewide
ICBC Broadcasting, Central Mississippi
Kai Productions, Statewide
Hickson Pharmaceuticals, Hinds County
Odoms Enterprises, Madison County
Higher Dimensions Outreach Ministries, Holmes County
Delta Fresh Foods, Humphreys County
Mississippi Food Policy Council, Statewide
Statewide Oil and Environmental Consulting, Statewide
The Mississippi State Department of Health, Statewide
Fellowship of Hope Community Church, Noxubee County
Tougaloo College, Holmes, Yazoo, Madison, Rankin, Hinds, Warren, Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah and Simpson Counties
Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, Madison, Hinds, Harrison, Bolivar, Marshall Counties
Mississippi State University, Statewide



2012  Grantees

Caffee, Caffee and Associates, Health Assessment; Forrest, Marion, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone, Pearl River, Greene, Perry and Lamar Counties
Delta Directions, Health Assessment/Retail; Statewide
Delta Fresh Foods Initiative, Pilot; Bolivar County [IT Montgomery Elementary (Mound Bayou SD), Cleveland Elementary (Cleveland Municipal SD); Coahoma County [Sherrard Elementary (Leflore County SD), Leflore Cty Elem. (Itta Beena)]; Sunflower County  [Carver Elementary]; Washington County [Leland Elementary School]; Holmes County; Humphreys County; Coahoma County
Delta Health Alliance, Health Assessment; Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo Counties
Fellowship of Hope Community Church, Health Assessment;  Noxubee, Kemper, Winston and Neshoba Counties
Grace Outreach Community Development Center, Pilot; Greenville, MS
i-Think Group, Statewide Policy Scan; Statewide
Mississippi State University, Health Assessment; Statewide
Roberts Radio Broadcasting of Jackson, MS., LLC, Central Mississippi
The Claiborne County Board of Supervisors, Health Assessment; Adams, Claiborne, Franklin Hazlehurst, and Brookhaven School Districts
The Partnership for a Healthier Mississippi, Policy Scan; Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, Scott, Newton, Lauderdale, Smith, Jasper, and Clarke Counties (Health District VI)
The University of Southern Mississippi, Health Assessment; Statewide
Central Mississippi Area Health Education Center, Secondary Data Analysis; Holmes, Yazoo, Madison, Rankin, Hinds, Warren, Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah and Simpson Counties


As Project CHANGE continues its efforts to Create a Healthier Mississippi One Community at a Time, we are pleased to provide you with preliminary results of our efforts.  If you need more information, please feel free to contact the Project CHANGE Staff. 


 Project CHANGE Findings                                           

  • April 2013: Release of Brief of Project CHANGE Social and Physical Environment survey results
  • May 2013: Release of Results from  Project CHANGE statewide health assessment

Project Change Surveys


Project CHANGE Fact Sheets













Project CHANGE Staff: 

Henry D. Fuller, MURP
Program Manager for Environmental and Policy Change
510 George Street, Suite 100 Jackson, MS, 39202
Phone: (601) 957-7710 ext. 108


Lauren Franklin, Regional Project Coordinator
510 George Street, Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 957-7710 ext. 104

Byron Johnson, Regional Project Coordinator
510 George Street, Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 957-7710 ext. 102


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