In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with Sandra Shelson, head of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Shelson, who grew up in Jackson, began her career as a lawyer but transitioned from traditional law to prevention efforts to help kids.
The Partnership has been a national leader in tobacco prevention since its inception in 1998, developing interactive educational and training programs for youth and adults that focus on long-term behavioral and cultural change. Twenty years after the settlement, tobacco prevalence among middle and high school students has dropped significantly. Lessons learned from tobacco prevention are now being applied to the childhood obesity epidemic in Mississippi, as they continue to work with their partners to improve health outcomes for all Mississippians.