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Center for Mississippi Health Policy


To establish an unbiased source of reliable and timely information for policymakers.


The Bower Foundation established and has continued to maintain the Center for Mississippi Health Policy. With its primary mission of acting as a catalyst for health policy debate, the Center provides information to policymakers and the general public, while communicating research to inform decision-making.

Guiding principles for the Center include a commitment to a non-partisan, objective approach – along with priority given to the application of research to relevant health policy issues rather than the development of original research.

The core functions of the Center include the following:

  • Policy analysis
  • Information dissemination
  • Analysis of legislation and regulations
  • Sponsorship of health policy forums and other venues for dialogue

Publications +

Since its establishment, the Center has published reports and/or briefs relating to the following critical health policy topics:

  • Early Elective Deliveries in Mississippi: Impact on Health and Medical Care Costs (Issue Brief - November 2013)
  • Assessing the Impact of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act (Year Four Report - October 2013)
  • Prescription Drugs: Impacts of Misuse and Accidental Overdose in Mississippi (Issue Brief - September 2013)
  • Improving Child Nutrition Through Nutrition Integrity Grants: Mississippi's Experience (Issue Brief - July 2013)
  • Implementing Sex-Related Education in Mississippi: Survey of Principals (Issue Brief-February 2013) (Detailed Report - December 2012)
  • Medicaid Expansion: An Overview of Potential Impacts in Mississippi (Issue Brief - November 2012)
  • Uninsured Adults in Mississippi: County-Level Data (Fact Sheet - August 2012)
  • Health Insurance Coverage in Mississippi (Chartbooks - November 2012)
  • The Impact of the Farm Bill on Southern States (Issue Brief - September 2011)
  • School Nurses in Mississippi (Updated Issue Report - February 2011)
  • From Field to Fitness: Aligning Farm Policy with Health Policy to Improve Nutrition & Health (Issue Brief - September 2010) (Report - September 2010)
  • An Overview of Health Reform (Issue Brief - September 2010)
  • All-Terrain Vehicles in Mississippi: Policy Options for Saving Lives (Updated Issue Brief - September 2010)
  • The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009: Implications for Mississippi (Issue Brief - February 2009)
  • Mississippi Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity (Issue Brief - April 2008)
  • Mississippi Trauma Care Task Force Final Report (Issue Brief - December 2007) (Report - November 2007)
  • Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Youth in Mississippi: A Comparison between 2003 and 2005 (Report - December 2007)
  • How the SCHIP Funding Formula Disadvantages Mississippi (Technical Brief - January 2007)
  • What Do Mississippians Think About Childhood Obesity? Findings from the 2006 Mississippi Public Perception of Childhood Obesity Survey (Issue Brief - January 2007) (Highlights - December 2006) (Report - December 2006)
  • The Lewin Group Report on the Economic Impact of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Issue Brief - December 2006) (Presentation - October 2006)