Organizations and individuals in Mississippi have access to a range of technology resources that can help them support community empowerment initiatives. Capacity development is key to creating sustainable funds, connecting with those who support the cause, and continuing to have a positive impact in the state. The Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI) is one example of how technology can be used to support community initiatives. Through grants from the Mississippi Women's Foundation, MLICCI is able to provide child care assistance to mothers enrolled in adult education, CTE or workforce programs at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC).
The Women's Foundation also provides grants for rapid response initiatives that help build community capacity and address local needs. Additionally, banks can use Community Reinvestment Act credit to financially support digital inclusion programs that serve low- and moderate-income households (LMI). By working with local health organizations, sharing resources provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health, and increasing the amount of community maternal health resources, programs like MLICCI aim to reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality, improve access to care, and promote reproductive health and family planning services. The annual Indigenous Connectivity Summit brings together administrators and operators of community networks, Indian-owned Internet service providers, community members, researchers, policy makers and leaders to address the need for affordable, high-quality and sustainable Internet access for Alaska Native, American Indian, Inuit, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and mixed race communities. Teen Health Mississippi works to improve the sexual health of adolescents in Mississippi through training that develop community capacity and access to resources.
Income disparities are particularly pronounced in low-income communities and communities with high levels of poverty. Thanks to grants from the Women's Foundation, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was able to improve its service program focused on improving postpartum outcomes for women in Mississippi. Teen Health Mississippi works to improve the sexual health of Mississippi adolescents through trainings that build community capacity and access.