Project CHANGE 3.0

Project CHANGE Logo with Words
Project CHANGE: Creating a Healthier Mississippi One Community at a Time, is the ever growing result of CDC’s Partnerships to Improve Community Health funding. In the Central-Southwest Mississippi River Region, the cardiovascular disease mortality rate is among the highest in Mississippi. Cancer and stroke mortality rates also are among the highest in the state. Residents in this region are less likely to have access to affordable healthy foods (e.g., fruits and vegetables), engage in physical activity, and have access to healthcare services compared to their counterparts in other regions of Mississippi and across the nation. To address these factors contributing to high chronic disease prevalence, a multi-sector coalition of community-based organizations, health departments, and academic institutions provided residents with increased access to tobacco cessation programs; healthy foods and beverages at farmers markets; and physical activity opportunities at parks and joint-use facilities. Over a three-year project period, the coalition also expanded Community Health Teams to provide more residents with access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management services.

Project CHANGE’s Community-Based Participatory Approach 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. Communities are joining My Brother’s Keeper in the charge to understand broad evidence- and practice-based policies along with policies, environmental and 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. As Project CHANGE continues its efforts, 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 Grantees may access the Project CHANGE portal here for budgetary requests.

YEAR 01 (2014-15) PARTNERS
City of Port Gibson
City of Fayette
Jefferson County Public School District
Claiborne County Family Health Center
MEGA
Shape Up MS
City of Vicksburg
City of Natchez
Natchez Children’s Home
Wilkinson County Industrial Development Corporation
Wilkinson County Public School District
Claiborne County Public School District
Vicksburg-Warren School District
Triumph Ministries
Natchez-Adams Housing Authority
Vicksburg-Warren Housing Authority
Alcorn State University Extension Services
Southwest Development Corporation
Turner Farms
Enviro Care Crisis Center
MS Farm to School Network
MS Women for Progress
RD&S Farms
Seven Wellness (MS Delta Southern Rural Black Women in Agriculture)

YEAR 02 (2015-16) Partners
Turner Farms
City of Vicksburg
City of Natchez
City of Fayette
City of Port Gibson
Wilkinson County Industrial Development Corporation
Town of Centreville

Year 03 (2016-17) Partners
City of Port Gibson
City of Fayette
City of Natchez
Town of Centreville
City of Rolling Fork
Town of Mayersville
Shape Up MS
MEGA
Turner Farms
Celles Estates
Mountain of Faith Ministries
Claiborne County Family Health Center
Footprint Farms
Dr. Andrew George Clinic
Magnolia Medical Foundation
Rolling Fork Villas Apartments
Rolling Fork Manor
City of Vicksburg
Wilkinson County Main Street Association
WCIDA
Vigilant Health

Project Staff:

Program Manager:
Henry D. Fuller, MURP
(601) 957-7110 Ext. 108
hfuller@mbk-inc.org

Regional Project Coordinators:
Lauren Franklin
(601) 957-7110 Ext. 104
lfranklin@mbk-inc.org

Byron Johnson
(601) 957-7110 Ext. 102
bjohnson@mbk-inc.org

Project Evaluator
Obie McNair, MPH
omcnair@mbk-inc.org

Project CHANGE Communications Manager
Reginald S. Davis, MA
(601) 957-7710 Ext. 106
rdavis@mbk-inc.org