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AHA Helped Supply Healthiest Drink During Jackson Water Crisis

Water Distribution

When Jackson was without drinking water, the American Heart Association, Magnolia Medical Foundation and Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church distributed over 30,000 bottles to the community. 

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Events in Your Area

Pine Belt Heart Walk

Location: USM Spirit Park

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 09:00 AM


In Your Community

Dr Helen Beady

The Metro Jackson office is beyond proud of our own Dr. Helen Beady, senior community impact director. The incredible work she does in Metro Jackson was recognized by the American Heart Association, nationally, and she received the "Equity First Leadership Award".

The lives of thousands of Mississippians have been forever impacted by Helen’s efforts as she has worked tirelessly alongside her staff and volunteer partners to reshape the landscape of nutrition security in her communities. Meaningful and impactful work, just like this, is happening across the region as the Southeast team leads with an unrelenting commitment to equity. The American Heart Association will never stop working to break down barriers to health equity and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue a healthy, long life.

Helen Beady

Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program Becomes Law

The American Heart Association, as part of its effort to Grow the Good for Mississippi farmers, families, and local economies, applauds the Mississippi Legislature for passing policy to create and fund the Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program within the Department of Agriculture. Starting July 1, the program will help families stretch their food dollars by reimbursing participating SNAP locations, such as farmers markets, to offer “double up” dollars for fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We’re embracing the old saying, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away,' while adopting the mantra, 'food is medicine,'” said Erin Williamson Smith, Therizo Foundation’s CEO, president and founder, and member of the Grow the Good initiative. SNAP is linked with reduced health care costs. On average, low-income adults taking part in SNAP incur nearly 25% less in medical care costs. The difference is even greater for those with hypertension and coronary heart disease.

“I grew up paying reduced lunch fees in elementary school. Nearly everyone paid a reduced rate or ate free,” said Rev. K. Jason Coker, PhD, coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi and member of the Grow the Good initiative. “Food insecurity was part of my lived experience. I want better for all our kids in Mississippi.” 

Without SNAP incentives, thousands of families would not be able to afford fruits and vegetables for their children. In Mississippi, one in five people face hunger and one in four children face hunger. One in seven Mississippians receives benefits from SNAP or 455,000 Mississippi residents. In Mississippi, almost half (47.7%) of households receiving SNAP benefits have children. 

In addition to improving nutrition security, the Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program will spur economic growth. Every $5 spent on SNAP incentives puts $9 back into local economies. Through higher sales of produce, farmers, grocery store owners, farmer’s markets vendors, and small retail stores. The Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program will boost local economies and put food on the table for many hardworking families. Farmers markets in underserved areas are more likely to thrive when they accept SNAP incentives and vouchers for food at the market. Over 3,000 small businesses in Mississippi depend on SNAP and SNAP incentives to survive.

John Howie
First Commercial Bank

James Warnock, M.D.
Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Leadership Development Chair
Barney Daly
Trustmark Bank


Brian Fenelon
The Fenelon Group

Michael Hall

Peder Johnson
Retired, Forvis

Loleta Kellum
Molina Healthcare

Tina Lakey 
Retired, Centrepoint Energy

Mike McMullan, M.D.

Debbie Minor, M.D.

Frances Ware
First Commercial Bank

Dorothy Shaw
Ingalls Shipbuilding

Dr. Tony Rizk

Coast Cardiovascular Associates 

Leadership Development Chair
Eric Brown

Trustmark Bank


Roy Anderson, III

Johnny Atherton

Angel Greer
Coastal Family Health Center

Werby Helen
Biloxi Housing Authority

Kezi Jones, CHES, MPH
Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Collaborative

Emory Mayfield
Hancock Whitney

David McCormick
Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & McCormick

Mike Middleton
Mississippi Power

Tiffany Murdock
Singing River Health System

Butch Oustalet
Butch Oustalet Autoplex

Jerry St. Pe
Retired, Community Volunteer

Wendy Williams
Coastal Family Health Center

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Gulfport, MS 39507

(228) 604-5300


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Hattiesburg, MS 39402

(800) 257-6941 ext. 5397

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4830 McWillie Circle
Jackson, MS 39206

(601) 321-1200

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