Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, were recently left without clean running water for a month, a problem that has been brewing for decades. This serves as a lesson for the whole country, as many people assume that everyone in the United States has access to basic amenities. In Biloxi, Mississippi, authorities have developed a plan to improve flood resilience in the city's economic development corridor. Recent studies on public health have highlighted the role of social determinants in poverty and how to measure their effects on health.
Without a comprehensive discussion on these issues, it will be difficult to come up with effective solutions to poverty-related health problems in Mississippi and the United States as a whole. Mississippi is one of the states with a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases, teen pregnancies, and infant mortality. National newspapers have reported on poverty in Mississippi, as poor people in the state want attractive jobs, decent housing in safe neighborhoods, good schools for their children, access to good health care, and respect despite their poverty. However, state politicians often ignore the reality of what's happening in Jackson and don't feel responsible for the people who live there.
To address this issue, it is important to have an open dialogue about poverty in the United States as a whole. This will help to understand the relationship between poverty and health in Mississippi and devise solutions that can help people living in northeastern Mississippi communities.