The following partners are actively involved in research projects and programs within the lower Mississippi River Delta region that are aimed at promoting health and economic renewal in the area.

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School, established in 1817, is the oldest continuously operated law school in the United States. The school maintains ties to the Mississippi Delta through the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (formerly the Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic), and the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project. Through these organizations dozens of students and faculty work on issues impacting Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta every year.

Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Population and International Health

The Department of Global Health and Population seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a poopulation-based perspective. The department rings together disciplinary expertise in many areas to leverage different perspectives and approaches to global health issues. The department’s aim is to achieve a deeper understanding of, and make significant contributions to, the “research-policy-implementation” cycle for the multi-faceted fields of global health and population.

The department’s approach combines the analysis of population and health using quantitative and qualitative methods, the investigation of policies that affect general and reproductive health, and a concern with the politics, ecology and ethos of health and development. Faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research in such areas as health metrics, experimental economics/randomized trials, social and economic development, health policy, longitudinal aging studies, health systems, women and children’s health, infections and chronic diseases, health equity, human rights and humanitarian relief – particularly in the context of developing countries.

Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that serves 10 Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica. CFNM is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter, with priorities of education and health for children and youth. CFNM currently manages 133 donor-established funds and has distributed $11.2 million to support 420 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by CFNM. The Maddox Foundation has made a Challenge Grant to the Community Foundation to match 100% endowment contributions through 2013. Learn more about the Community Foundation at

Mississippi State University, Social Science Research Center

The Social Science Research Center (SSRC) was established at Mississippi State University in 1950 to promote, enhance and facilitate social science research and related scholarly activities. From its origin, the SSRC has had a strong interdisciplinary emphasis. Scientists from a number of disciplines, both on campus and off, come together in the SSRC to work on common research problems. The Center often becomes a place where social scientists team with colleagues from agriculture, engineering and other disciplines. Individual scientists or self-organized teams of researchers provide the impetus and direction of funded research projects. The SSRC fosters a rigorous and independent research environment to ensure objective, relevant and unbiased analyses.

Mississippi State University, Mississippi Food Insecurity Project

The Mississippi Food Insecurity Project is a collaboration of interdisciplinary researchers examining food insecurity in Mississippi. The website  provides current USDA-ERS food insecurity data for all 82 counties in Mississippi, along with related socio-economic variables, food assistance data, local food activities, food store availability, and health data.

University of Mississippi, Center for Population Studies

The Center for Population Studies (CPS) educates, conducts research, and engages in public outreach concerning population issues. It works in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and numerous other partners within the University of Mississippi and beyond, including colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Among its programmatic initiatives, the CPS is the lead agency for the State Data Center for Mississippi, a joint program of the U. S. Census Bureau and the state. In this capacity, the CPS distributes census and related data, provides instruction on data analysis, and serves as the liaison between the Bureau of the Census and the users of census and related data. Also housed within the CPS, the Institute for Community-Based Research provides an avenue through which students are able to collaborate with faculty and nonprofit organizations to engage in timely and meaningful research.

University of Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur Center

The Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics (MLCHE) was established in March 2003 with a grant from Methodist Healthcare and Le Bonheur Systems, Inc. MLCHE focuses on issues of efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in healthcare through a variety of research, internship, instruction, and public service programs. Located in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, MLCHE works with entities internal and external to The University of Memphis, providing a physical and administrative structure to facilitate the study of health care and its economic impact.

University of Memphis, Sparks Bureau

The Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research (SBBER) consists of several research divisions that provide professional assistance to the business, government, and academic communities. The mission of the SBBER is to conduct economic and labor market research and service activities that complement the teaching, research, and public service missions of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. The objective of the SBBER is to maintain its status as one of the nation’s largest and most successful applied research, technical assistance, and outreach divisions of a college of business.

Winokur Family Foundation is a public service website funded by a grant from the Winokur Family Foundation. Click to read the story of the Winokur Family’s interest in the Delta region.