Annual Health Conference

Sixth Annual Public Health Conference
January 18-19, 2016
Dancing Rabbit Inn
13240 Highway 16 West
Choctaw, MS 39350
(601) 389-6600

Call for Proposals

Mississippi continues to be one of the most obese states in the United States.  Obesity and other chronic diseases (i.e., heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers) are leading health concerns for Mississippi. 

To help combat this problem, the National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc., the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia (MS) will co-sponsor a two-day conference designed to (1) promote health awareness, (2) educate and encourage people to access their local public healthcare system, and (3) encourage individuals to assume responsibility for their health.  At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Identify how innovative wellness programs and policies can promote or improve the public’s health.

  • Describe major trends and new directions in public health in Central Mississippi, the State, and the Nation.

  • Identify major disparities in health outcomes among persons in Mississippi, the factors influencing those disparities, and innovative strategies to reduce disparities.

  • Identify how new technologies can be used to improve health outcomes.

  • Develop new partnerships, strengthen existing ones and develop networks to maximize resources.

The deadline for the submission of papers/proposals is December 19, 2015.  Proposals should be submitted electronically and must include: title of paper, author’s name and affiliation(s), 250 words abstract, and contact information.  Proposals should be submitted to

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for academics, practitioners, clergy and other community members to share research findings, discuss important emerging healthcare issues, and encourage lively debate on working toward a healthier Mississippi.  The conference will also provide service-learning training (up to 10 instructional hours or 1.0 CEUs) to registered participants and specific audiences.