Hattiesburg receives a grant to plan health care initiative

The City of Hattiesburg is one of 12 cities nationwide to receive grant funding from the National League of Cities to participate in an initiative to expand health care access for children and families.

Hattiesburg will receive $27,000 to develop a business plan for a city-led outreach campaign to enroll children and families in medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. During the final phase of the initiative the NLC will select six of the 12 cities to receive an additional $260,000 over two-years for the implementation of the health business plan.

"The problem we have in Mississippi is that not only are we not the healthiest in the nation, but we're also the least likely to have access to health care insurance," said Mayor Johnny Dupree. "This will help us bridge the gap. If we could get the $260,000 we could implement it and hopefully use this a model for the nation.

The NLC will provide the 12 cities with customized assistance., access to best practices an national experts, and opportunities for peer learning during business plan development process.

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