The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, upending decades of legal precedent in the United States and allowing states to enact full abortion bans. But in Mississippi, some abortions will remain legal until a 2007 trigger law goes into effect, likely in early July.
A new Centers for Disease Control report confirms that Mississippi still leads the nation in preterm births. In 2021, just under 15% of all births in the state were pre-term. Only around 11% of all births were classified as “late preterm,” giving Mississippi the highest rate of moderate or early preterm births as well.
Dr. Daniel Edney told the Mississippi Free Press that his letters in defense of the Confederacy represented the perspective of a “young man with … very little experience of the real world, and a very limited knowledge of how others felt,” and that “over the last 20 to 25 years, God has placed me on a different path.”
After nearly 15 years at the Mississippi State Department of Health, State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs is stepping down at the end of July, marking an end to a long career in public health capped off with the pandemic of the century.
The widely respected Jackson Heart Study began in 2000 with the recruitment of more than 5,000 African Americans from the Jackson metro area who have since undergone comprehensive health screenings at intervals to generate data for research purposes.
Found dead on the side of a road in South Jackson, Tramaine Green was one of 128 homicides in Jackson in 2020. In her overview introducing the Hinds County chapter of our “(In)Equity and Resilience: Black Women Women and Systemic Barriers” collaboration with the Jackson Advocate, reporter Aliyah Veal tells one family’s story of navigating COVID-19, gun violence and being ignored by police through the pandemic—and the pandemic-magnified causes of crime and inequities that have long affected their path to success.
A one-year-old in Laurel, Miss., had a blood lead level that was too high, which led Mississippi health officials to visit the city in Jones County in 2015. The child’s blood lead level of 43µg/dL was close to the 45µg/dL level that would have required urgent medical attention.
In two lawsuits New York-based attorney Corey Stern filed in October 2021 at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, plaintiffs seek $3 billion in damages due to claims about effects of lead in the water in Jackson, Miss., and public officials’ negligence about doing anything about it.