Dr. Michael Forster

Governor Bryant zeroes in on health

So far, so good.  Governor Bryant clearly means to be a champion for improving Mississippi’s health. 

A Thursday article in the Clarion-Ledger pointed to a number of new initiatives and focus areas, including:

  • “Eat Healthy Mississippi,” a USDA-funded effort to improve eating habits and promote locally grown food.
  • A governor-sponsored annual 5K race to promote regular exercise habits.
  • Planning for improved medical facilities in synergistic “zones” or “corridors.”
  • Inducements for physicians to practice in underserved areas of the state.

We can expect the conservative Bryant (and presumably the majority Republican legislature) to feature personal responsibility as a factor in improving the state’s health profile.  And no doubt individual decision-making is a central component of any comprehensive approach. 

It’s not the only one, however, and arguably not even the most important one, in affecting behavior at a population level.  Smart policy – policy that makes the right choice the easy choice, to paraphrase state public health officer Mary Currier – is at least as prominent a factor.

 

Dr. Michael Forster
Dr. Michael Forster

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