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Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. is a community based project that is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the USDA, it has a primary focus on raising awareness leading to community action where health and social disparities exist. The mission of Mississippi Roadmap is to achieve health equity by advocating for changes within the community institutions that influence people’s everyday lives. The goal is to change these institutions so that they support and never inhibit the community’s efforts to be healthy. The Roadmap Project uses an innovative, multi-pronged approach toward eradicating and/or minimizing the structural or social barriers relevant to disparities in health among vulnerable populations in Jackson, Mississippi. Since it began in 2003, the project has achieved many successes, including the active support of school officials and food-service workers, who as a result of our influence on improving their health, have moved closer to changing school food policy toward healthier, fresh ingredients for students’ lunch.

Credit: http://edibleschoolyard.org/program/mississippi-roadmap-health-equity-inc

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