The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) strives to be a strong, effective voice for improved health care for all throughout the state of Mississippi, especially those whose health is threatened by poverty, racism, malnutrition and violence. MHAP will work with communities to identify health needs and formulate strategies for change, and will research, analyze, propose and promote policies that will enhance the health status of every person, regardless of financial status.
Research and Communication
MHAP researches health care and human services initiatives at the state and national levels and serves as an information clearinghouse for groups across the state. MHAP provides speakers for church and professional groups on health policy and advocacy. The program provides more detailed information on health policy and funding during the legislative session through special previews, action alerts, and updates and keeps the public informed by providing timely news links on issues of importance.
MHAP collaborates with religious groups, social workers, health providers, state agencies, advocates, lawmakers and community groups to build a network of support for health system change.
MHAP works with legislators, advocates, service providers and community leaders to make health and welfare policy and funding patterns more responsive to real health needs. MHAP provides data and policy information to lawmakers through testimony, position pages and informal discussions throughout the legislative process. MHAP develops and maintains legislative networks which articulate local concerns.
MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation. The program also provides information and support to front-line workers and poor communities as they work to address problems at the local level. Mississippi Health Advocacy Programs (MHAP) combines research, analysis and grass-roots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state’s poor and underserved people.