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Ruleville, Miss. – The seemingly insignificant act of reading the label on a soda can and then focusing to read the numbers on the can’s bar code only becomes important when put into the context of saving lives. So when medical staff at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., trained the lens
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Maternal Infant Health

Itta Bena, Miss. – In a world full of excuses, Kimberly Cross hasn’t one to offer. A 24-year-old single mother to a 21-month-old daughter and a nine-month old son in one of the poorest regions of America, Kimberly managed to go to college during both pregnancies, receiving a business administration degree in May 2009 from
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Belzoni, Miss. – When it comes to helping others stay healthy, Rev. Lorene Delaney likens herself to the archetypical man in the desert searching for water. “I just have to keep going and going,” she says. “And when I can’t go anymore, I hope someone picks up the torch and carries it forward.” Rev. Delaney’s
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Good Samaritan

Greenville, Miss. – The pounding headaches. The lack of sleep. The depression. The inability to hold a job. Just as Leon Hughes was ready to lose all hope, and possibly his life, he found a good Samaritan. “I wouldn’t be here without this place. I’ve lost nearly 50 pounds. I don’t have the headaches. I’m
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Nutrition Needs of Students in the School Setting

Pope, Miss. – Twelve-year-old Tyler Hawkins remembers the day last year when they took the deep fryers out of his school cafeteria. “It was kind of weird not having regular french fries. But now everybody’s kind of used to them being baked,” said Tyler, a seventh-grader at Pope Middle School. “I think by eating healthier,
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Enhancing the Workforce

Indianola, Miss. – Perry Jenkins understands that a well trained healthcare workforce in the Mississippi Delta trickles down to most every aspect of the region’s economy. “From the beginning, we knew that the healthcare industry plays a vital role in the success of the Delta as a whole. More informed, better skilled healthcare workers translate
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Electronic Health Records

Greenville, Miss. – There’s no black doctor’s bag anymore. Only a tablet-sized personal computer. No hard-to-read handwritten prescriptions. Just a mouse-click transmission to any pharmacy, anywhere in the country. No charts or bulky paper records. Simply a series of commands that keeps every aspect of a patient’s care in a virtual world. Welcome to a
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Early Learning

Indianola, Miss. – Kerry Watson likes to read with his eyes closed. He knows his favorite book by heart – the one about the giant and the kid who plays a ukulele. A large green pair of toy binoculars hangs around his neck as he recites, just in case something in the distance catches his
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