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9/22/2022 - Jackson, Miss.

Education, Workforce, Health, and Innovation & Best Practices to be discussed

WHO: University Research Center
WHAT: Holding the Advancing Mississippi Conference
WHEN: Friday, September 23, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mississippi Library Commission, 3881 Eastwood Drive, Jackson, Miss., 39211

Jon C. Maynard, President/CEO of Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and Chamber of Commerce will give the luncheon keynote address.

The sessions include:

9:30 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., Commissioner of Higher Education
9:40 a.m. Session 1: Education
  • Entrepreneurial Aliteracy: Exploring Entrepreneurship through Literacy in Jackson, MS - By Sharon Simmons, PhD; Trashonda Dixon, EdD; Tierra Flowers, EdD; Deidre Wheaton, PhD; Saundra Thompson McFarland, JD

  • The Impact of High Stakes Assessments and Accountability - By Ivy Archie, PhD and Barbara Howard, EdD

  • Combating Poverty through Mississippi Community Colleges: Bringing New Design from the Chaos of COVID-19 - By Barbara Lee and Maark Fincher, PhD
10:50 a.m. Session 2: Workforce
  • Alternative Pathways to Computing & Cybersecurity: Talent Development in Mississippi - By Sarah Lee, PhD

  • Expanding Mississippi’s Talent Pipeline through Community-Engaged College Access - By Carol Cutler White, PhD

  • The Mississippi 2022 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan for Increasing Employment: A Review - By Frank L. Giles, PhD and Gloria Dansby-Giles, EdD
11:50 a.m. Luncheon Keynote Address
  • Jon C. Maynard, President/CEO of Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and Chamber of Commerce
1:30 p.m. Session 3: Health
  • A Community-Based Team Approach to the Management of Uncontrolled Hypertension: A pilot study - By Austine Onyia

  • Creating a Women’s Health Index for Mississippi Counties - By Devon Meadowcroft, PhD.

  • The Role in Socioeconomic Status in Health Disparities among Children in U.S. and Mississippi - By Okechukwu D. Anyamele, PhD
2:40 p.m. Session 4: Innovation and Best Practices
  • Economics of Mental Health in the State of Mississippi: Socio-economic Consequences of Mental Health Disorders and Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Investment in Mental Health Promotion - By Martha D. Ravola, PhD and Babu George

  • Valuation of Oyster Reef Restoration along the Gulf Coast - By Freedom Enyetornye

  • The University of Mississippi Community Resilience Laboratory: CBPR Best Practices - By Annie Cafer, PhD and Meagen Rosenthal, Ph.D.
3:40 p.m. Closing Remarks by Dr. Corey Miller, State Economist

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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