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Public Health


The Bower Foundation supports public health programs, which aim to improve the health of Mississippians. Specifically, the Foundation funds the Mississippi Public Health Association and the Mississippi State Department of Health, both of which work hard to strategically and systemically improve public health outcomes in the state.


Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) +

MPHA is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote public and personal health in Mississippi and to promote professional development of public health workers through advocacy and education.

Goal: To increase MPHA membership and support of its mission. To increase awareness of the value and impact of public health initiatives on daily life.

Strategy: Bower's grant helped expand MPHA's membership and developed a stronger, coordinated role for advocacy for key public health policy issues. Additionally, the Foundation provided funds to implement the MPHA Communication Plan.

Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) +

With strong leadership at the helm of MSDH, The Bower Foundation has developed a meaningful and productive, long-term partnership for health in Mississippi. Below are several grants we have offered to MSDH.

Fund New Position – Special Assistant to State Health Officer

Goal: Provide assistance to the State Health Officer. Further important cooperation and collaboration between the MSDH and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Human Services, Division of Medicaid and Department of Education.

How we support it: Bower funded the position of Special Assistant to State Health Officer to create a fulltime position with authority, appropriate skill sets and flexibility to assist the State Health Officer in directing the future efforts of the agency and its many programs.

Hospital Discharge Data System

MSDH implemented the Hospital Discharge Data System, a centralized reporting system that tracks all health services provided to Mississippians and promotes public use of this data to support overall health in the state.

Goal: Allow MSDH to respond to custom data requests; produce public data sets available for purchase; provide the analytical capability to transform the data to useful information needed for public health planning, evaluation and program development.

How we support it: The Bower Foundation provided assistance to implement the website, as well as procure the services of an epidemiologist/biostatistician.

Mississippi Health Information Network (MS-HIN)

The MS-HIN was established by the 2010 Mississippi Legislature with board membership of state agencies, medical associations and insurance providers.

Goal: To allow the state to achieve a statewide and sustainable health information exchange through the meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Records.

How we support it: The Bower Foundation provided matching funds for the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Grant.

Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System

Goal: To enhance the existing Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System case management program to become accredited with the Healthy Families America model.

How we support it: Bower's grant aimed to strengthen the existing case management program by using evidence-based curriculum, establishing a coordinated team, identifying two pilot districts for transition to the new model and assessing the evaluation of the pilots to implement a statewide program.