Mississippi

Mississippi
At a Glance
  • State Population: 2,968,118
  • Local Health Departments: 86
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2019: Tropical Storm Barry; 2018: Opioid Crisis
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $6,655,374
    FY 2020: $6,936,267
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $18,406,348
    FY 2020: $5,874,996
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 9
  • Educators: 2
  • Health Professionals: 12
  • Other*: 27

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  4. Emergency Operations Coordination
  5. Community Preparedness
Stories from the Field
Mississippi Cannabis
Responding to Severe Adverse Reactions to Synthetic Cannabinoid

When severe adverse reactions to the use of synthetic cannabinoids increased dramatically in just two months, a PHEP-funded epidemiologist worked closely with an investigative team and healthcare providers to investigate. They developed an advanced surveillance system to track reports of these adverse reactions, which included symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. As a result, the Mississippi Poison Control Center and emergency departments across the state were able to identify associated deaths, finding the outbreak’s source and preventing additional adverse reactions.

Mississippi Hurricane Irma
PHEP Helps Mississippi Serve the Emergency Medical Needs of Hurricane Irma Victims

In Mississippi, PHEP supports planning, training, and exercising for staff to effectively coordinate and manage an emergency response. When Hurricane Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 storm in 2017, Mississippi stood ready to help, and sent PHEP-funded and trained staff to Florida to support the response. After the storm destroyed the only hospital in the Middle Keys, staff members from Mississippi, along with staff from North Carolina, created a mobile hospital to serve the area’s residents. For more than nine months, this was the only hospital for 100 miles, serving the emergency medical needs of affected residents until the original structure was rebuilt.

Page last reviewed: January 19, 2022, 12:50 PM