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The State of Health and Health Care in Mississippi

Edited by Mario J. Azevedo

480 pages (approx.), 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 66 figures and tables, introduction, bibliography, index

9781628460001 Printed casebinding $75.00S

Printed casebinding, $75.00

A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN ONE OF THE NATION'S POOREST STATES

Contributions by Azad R. Bhuiyan, Bruce Brackin, David Brown, Joyce BucknerBrown, David Bundi, Gerri Cannon-Smith, Moe Choudhry, Fazlay Faruque, Johnny Gilleylen Sr., Juanita Graham, Sandra Hayes, Lennette J. Ivy, Barbara H. Johnson, Mohamed Kanu, Mukesh Kumar, Edmund Merem, Brandi Newkirk-Turner, Gwendolyn S. Prater, Wesley Spencer Prater, Mohammad Shahbazi, Susie Spence, Monica Taylor-Jones, Yaw Twumasi, Vernesia Wilson, Sudha Yerramili, and Lei Zhang

This multidisciplinary book provides the most accurate and most recent information on health and health care in the state of Mississippi. The editor and contributors explain why the state finds itself in precarious health conditions and reveal the prevailing circumstances as the state debates a path toward a comprehensive health care system for its citizens. They show who has had access to good health care and celebrate the heroes who struggled to provide health care to all Mississippians. The essays contribute to the debate on how the health care system might be restructured, reconstructed, or adjusted to meet the needs of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and national origin.

The issue of health disparities and socioeconomic status leads to a relevant discussion of whether health and access to quality care are a right of all people, or the privilege of a few. The volume offers a clear understanding of health care trends in the state from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries up to the present and the prospects of transcending the obstacles of its own creation over the past two centuries. It likewise highlights the economic challenges that Mississippi confronts and how wise and realistic its priorities are in meeting the needs of its diverse populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities.

Mario J. Azevedo, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., Pearl, Mississippi, former chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, former associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, and former dean of the College of Public Service is interim chair and professor in the Department of History and Philosophy at Jackson State University.

480 pages (approx.), 8 1/2 x 11 inches, 66 figures and tables, introduction, bibliography, index