USM hosts Mississippi Health Summit 2015

USM hosts Mississippi Health Summit 2015

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Healthcare professionals, hospital administrators and educators gathered at The University of Southern Mississippi Friday for an annual conference on improving healthcare in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Health Summit 2015 at the Thad Cochran Center brought dozens of professionals together to discuss a number of issues, with the hope of expanding access to health care in the state.

Topics included health provider shortages and the impact on rural areas and how to get citizens more involved with public health.

"The goal for the event is for us to come up with a collaboration report from two collaborative sessions for us to publish that really magnifies the voices of those that are here today," said Ryan Kelly, executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Assn. "(The report is) to be published and sent off to our state elected officials, our elected officials in (Washington), D.C., as well as anyone in the healthcare field," he said.

The first health summit was held in 2009.