JACKSON, Miss. – The 7th Empowering Communities for a Healthy Mississippi Conference, “Lead, Connect, and Inspire,” will be held May 20-22 at the Jackson Marriott, in Jackson.
While Mississippi leads the nation in a number of chronic diseases and unhealthy behaviors, this meeting strives to empower community members to make a difference. The largest public health conference in the state, the meeting will focus on community collaboration, which is essential to make real health strides in the state.
“Each Mississippian has the opportunity to take control of their health. This conference is about learning ways in which to empower communities to promote things like farmer’s markets, smoke-free air ordinances, breastfeeding, teen health, chronic disease prevention, infant mortality prevention and health equity at the local level,” said Dr. Victor Sutton, Director of the Office of Preventive Health at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
“We learn from each other by coming together and sharing ideas about effective disease prevention and health promotion practices. We build on each other’s successes,” Sutton said. “Public health is bigger than the MSDH; it involves partnerships with mental health and brain health, as well our more traditional partners. This conference educates us all about the connection between mind and body so we are better able to improve the overall health and well-being of our residents.”
The goal of the event is to help attendees make a difference in their communities by getting informed and inspired so they can connect with other Mississippians and lead them to a healthier lifestyle.
For more information or to register, visit www.HealthyMS.com/empowering. The Jackson Marriott is located at 200 Amite Street in Jackson, Miss. On-site registration will be available.
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