Mississippi Whole Schools, a program of the Mississippi Arts Commission, is the state's first comprehensive arts education program that uses the arts as a tool to promote high-quality teaching and learning for students from all disciplines. The Healthy Schools Initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a joint effort between the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) to reduce risk factors associated with childhood and adult obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and sexual health. The United Way of South Mississippi is committed to improving the quality of life in Southern Mississippi by focusing on creating measurable outcomes in the areas of education, health, and financial stability. To help community members achieve financial stability, they provide them with the necessary tools and resources.
The Educational Technical Assistance for Prevention in Schools program, also funded by the CDC, is another joint effort between MDE and MSDH to implement adolescent health programs related to preventable risk factors.