WKKF Awards $1.8 Million to Boost Mississippi Delta Health Workforce

WKKF Awards $1.8 Million to Boost Mississippi Delta Health Workforce

The Rogosin Institute, which focuses on the diagnosis and management of kidney disease, has announced a grant of more than $1.85 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve health outcomes and economic equity in the Mississippi Delta region.

The three-year grant will fund the New Pathways to Health and Opportunity initiative, a joint effort of Rogosin and its Dreyfus Health Foundation division that will provide educational opportunities for young adults and parents in Sunflower and neighboring counties, including job shadowing, health profession trainings (such as certified nursing assistant, phlebotomist, and community health worker); hands-on training and externships for nursing students; and leadership development workshops. Core partners in the initiative include the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center, the Mississippi Hospital Association Foundation, the Tri-County Workforce Alliance, and the University of Mississippi's Center for Population Studies.

"Education and workforce development to address population health needs is critical, and we need to provide more opportunities for young adults from economically vulnerable areas to pursue professions in these fields," said John Green, director of CPS and professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi. "There are a range of health system career opportunities from frontline care to management and research that they can pursue to fill important gaps and achieve livable incomes and benefits, thereby further stimulating the economy. There is the potential for mutual benefit and the uplift of the Delta region, and our state more broadly."