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Obstetric & Neonatal Emergency Reference Guide

March 25, 2022

The STORK Program is designed to help improve the outcomes of pregnant and newborn patients in rural hospitals. STORK includes didactic and simulation training to better prepare emergency healthcare professionals to recognize and manage common obstetric and neonatal emergencieswhile critical care transport teams are en route. 

Maternal and Child Health

Building A High-Quality Early Childhood System of Leadership and Teaching Practice

January 12, 2022

This document serves as the Year 5 Annual report for the Building a High-Quality Early Childhood System of Leadership and Teaching Practice initiative ("the initiative"). Data summary reports with feedback on individual trainings throughout the year (e.g., Kindergarten Academy, trainings geared toward childcare providers and trainings related to COVID and better utilization ofthe OWL curriculum) are available in Appendix 1.The University of Mississippi's Center for Research Evaluation (CERE) serves as the external evaluator for the initiative. CERE evaluated the first three-year cycle of the initiative (December 2016-November 2019) and is now evaluating the three-year continuation (December 2020- November 2023; thus, we are referring to this second year of the second three-year cycle as "Year 5"). The initiative aims to change the landscape of early childhood education across the state of Mississippi by training educators across all levels and roles about evidence-based teaching for early childhood. The initiative's focus is not only on educators gaining knowledge, but also on their implementation of what they have learned in their districts, schools, and classrooms. Thus, the evaluation aims to determine the extent to which (1) participants learned from the initiative's trainings and other activities, (2) participants implemented what they learned and (3) students' literacy increased. At a higher level, the evaluation considers what training or participant characteristics impact these outcomes.

Early Childhood Education

Cape Toolkit

October 1, 2021

The 2021 CAPE Toolkit provides a comprehensive outline of the process MMA undertook to establish, evolve, and maintain the CAPE initiative. The Toolkit provides guidelines for other institutions looking to create similar initiatives within their own environments. The development of goals, the training of staff, the creation of an Innovation Lab, and the activation of the Community Advisory Council, are just a few of the features detailed in the Toolkit.

Compassion, Art, People, and Equity: The Story of the Center for Art and Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art

January 1, 2021

Compassion, Art, People, and Equity: The Story of the Center for Art and Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art describes the history of CAPE, from its inception in 2018 through 2021. From the establishment the values of equity, transparency, and truth, to the CAPE Lab and artist in residency programs, to community engagement programs, this book provides details on how CAPE came to be and continues to evolve.

Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness Knowledge Document: The Gateway Story and the Journey to Systems Alignment

January 1, 2021

This Knowledge Document provides an overview and final evaluation report of the Children's Defense Fund Southern Regional Office's (CDF-SRO) Gateway to Kindergarten Readiness (GTKR) initiative. This initiative sought to build upon earlier successful CDF-SRO kindergarten readiness initiatives by increasing capacity for systems alignment between private child care, Head Start, and public schools while integrating and aligning health assessments and services. Over the course of the initiative the CDF-SRO served as a coordinator and convener to recruit a cohort of three-year-old students, screen those students using best-practice academic and health instruments, and administer developmentally appropriate interventions and refer students for health care when indicated based on screening results. Throughout the program, CDF-SRO leaders and GTKR staff updated the program design and work plan based onthe changing context and lessons learned from formative evaluation results. A late-stage impacting factor on the initiative was the onset of COVID-19 in the first quarter of 2020.

Early Childhood Education

Mississippi is America: How Racism and Sexism Sustain a Two-Tiered Labor Market in the US and Constrict the Economic Power of Workers in Mississippi and Beyond

October 1, 2020

In a new report, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development demonstrates the consequences of America's two-tiered labor market in which Black and brown workers and women are denied access to economic security on the job. Channeling the "Black women best" framework coined by Janelle Jones, the "Mississippi Is America" report reveals the economic consequences of racism and sexism in Mississippi—trends that reflect the unequal and unjust reality of being Black, brown, and/or a womxn in the US. The report utilizes labor market data and an occupational crowding analysis to illustrate who is largely excluded from the most-desirable, best-paying jobs and who is crowded into those with the lowest wages and least stability.Findings include:White men have undue advantage in the labor market and are crowded into occupations that pay nearly three times more than what Black women earn. As more women are hired within a given occupation, their pay for that job declines. In Mississippi, Black women are locked out of 62 percent of all jobs, the highest percentage among all groups. "What is happening in Mississippi impacts and reflects America," said Anne Price, the president of the Insight Center. "Across the country, Black workers and other marginalized groups are working day in and day out to keep a roof over their heads while hitting a ceiling when it comes to accessing financial power. This is especially troubling given the COVID-19 crisis, which is disproportionately hurting the livelihoods of people of color and pushing women out of the workforce.""The 'Mississippi Is America' framework is a call to action," said Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Insight's vice president of programs and strategy. "Mississippi is one of the most disregarded states in the US, and it is almost 40 percent Black. Until we empower all of its people and prioritize their economic security, our nation will never achieve true equality. If the COVID-19 recovery—and our government's inept response—continues as is, the state's Black workers will be further left behind, and that's bad for America."

Impact of COVID-19 on Mississippi Childcare Centers

May 1, 2020

In May 2020 the University of Mississippi's Center for Research Evaluation (CERE) surveyed 1,220 licensed childcare centers. Our goal was to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their operations. Between May 5 and 11,425 (35%) Mississippi-based center directors responded to our online survey. In this report we share their needs and data on how CARES Act funds may be useful.

Early Childhood Education; Racial Equity and Healing

East Biloxi Needs Assessment

March 10, 2020

OVERVIEWIn 2012, the East Biloxi Community Collaborative (EBCC) was established in an effort to create a platform to develop and implement strategies designed to improve the lives of residents in East Biloxi. The mission of the EBCC is to "create a healthy, vibrant and sustainable East Biloxi with improved outcomes for all children and families by working to develop a better place to live, work, and play." As East Biloxi positions for change, it is imperative that efforts be made to ensure an equitable opportunity for all residents to thrive and reach their full potential.TAKING ACTIONTo begin working on creating a sustainable East Biloxi and breaking down barriers, the EBCC commissioned Mississippi Urban Research Center at Jackson State University to conduct the Community Needs Assessment (CNA). True community buy-in and participation is needed in order to ensure the programmatic focus areas of EBCC meet to capture the needs of residents in the area. The project's major goal was to gather data and input from area residents and other concerned parties regarding key needs, priorities, issues, and other relevant factors impacting the quality of life in East Biloxi. This report presents the findings from the EBCC CNA.THE APPROACHEast Biloxi Community Collaborative conducted a comprehensive needs assessment that considered all aspects of the area between March 2019 and September 2019. The team met with numerous stakeholders from the community to draw on as many perspectives as possible and to confirm trends by collecting multiple data sources including secondary data, surveying residents, community forums, and focus groups. The findings from this report collectively incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data in an effort to provide a rich and meaningful analysis.KEY FINDINGSThe following report integrates the collective input from the community needs assessment survey, Kick-off event, focus groups with residents, business owners (non-residents), and youth, and the youth photovoice project. Focus group participants were recruited and organized into the following categories: (1) Young adults age 18 to 30 years old; (2) Cross-sector of Community Representatives (i.e., Service Providers, Business Owners, Individuals); and (3) Community residents. EBCC's data analysis from 305 surveys and 3 focus groups revealed the top five priorities for the East Biloxi community are: access to healthy foods, health/healthcare, employment, affordable quality housing, and improvements to public infrastructure. Each priority area was then compared with "needs" based on findings from the data.The identified priority areas were also the same as top five "needs," with more programs for youth being an additional need. For each priority area, the report provides an overview of current relevant research, an analysis of the current structure, specific areas for improvement, and detailed recommendations to achieve improvement

Disrupting the Drivers of Inequity in Biloxi: Assessing Federal Opportunity Zones

March 1, 2020

As wages have stagnated for the majority of workers in the U.S. and inequality has skyrocketed, racial inequity has grown. Since the late 1970s, the racial wealth gap has reached critical levels. In Biloxi, Mississippi, the inequities are deep, leaving many Black and Latinx households facing racial and geographic barriers to economic opportunity. Yet, communities of color have been driving the city's population growth and spurring change and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This diversity can be a tremendous economic asset for the city if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Knowing where the city stands in terms of equity—just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential—is the first This research brief draws from data in the National Equity Atlas—an online resource for data to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth in America's cities, regions, states, and nationwide.The USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) provides forward-looking, actionable research to support community-based organizations, funders, and other stakeholders working towards social, racial, economic and environmental justice. James Crowder Jr. and Justin Scoggins March 2020 2 step in planning for a brighter future for all Biloxians. To that end, the East Biloxi Community Collaborative (EBCC) partnered with the National Equity Atlas, a partnership between PolicyLink and the University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), to better understand the landscape for inclusive growth in the city, particularly given the new Opportunity Zone program which has the potential to bring a significant amount of private investment into the city. This brief describes Opportunity Zones and how they can be leveraged to promote equitable development in East Biloxi.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Supports Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation for All Delivering Network Hospitals

January 23, 2020

As part of our continuing Maternity Care Quality Model which encourages and reinforces best practice guidelines and patient-centered care, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will require all delivering Network Hospitals across the state to gain Baby-Friendly designation as part of criteria for achieving Blue Distinction for maternity care. 

Maternal and Child Health

Families as Allies Early Childhood Video

January 20, 2020

Awareness Video on rights and supports of children with mental health challenges and other disabilities.

An Introduction to the Mississippi Farm to School Network

January 9, 2020

This is an introductory video to the Mississippi Farm to School Network created with grant year one funds and used to promote the work and spread the message

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