The MSDH School Health Program works to make all Mississippi children healthy, ready to learn, and prepared to make lifelong healthy choices.
To advance that goal, we provide leadership and support to communities to help them meet the needs of their schoolchildren for health services and health education. We follow a coordinated approach among families, health care workers, the media, religious and community organizations, and young people themselves.
MSDH works in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Healthy Schools and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Youth Division in a coordinated school health initiative that connects the essential aspects of school, health and community.
from the Center for Mississippi Health Policy:
In many communities, schools offer a variety of recreational facilities — from playgrounds to gymnasiums — where safe places to play and exercise might not otherwise exist. Joint use agreements create a partnership between schools and residents in a community to share spaces such as playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, and gymnasiums outside of school hours. They can also be used to make community facilities available to schools.
Joint use lets costs and responsibilities be shared, while increasing the opportunities for physical activity for everyone involved.
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Mississippi State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700