Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention

MSNCC monitors the health condition of residents in the Mississippi Delta.

Cancer is not an equal-opportunity disease. Cancer rates are 10 percent higher among African-Americans than Caucasians, and death rates are twice as high. While the cause of these statistics is still unknown, many minorities must face this great burden without the resources they need.

To meet the needs of the African-American community in Mississippi, leading universities and national health organizations have come together to form the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control (MNCCP) at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The purpose of the MNCCP is to build on an established community and institutional capacity in order to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research. The goals of the MNCCP are to improve access to and utilization of proven beneficial cancer interventions.

MNCCP targets the Mississippi Delta and the Hattiesburg/Laurel Metro area. This project focuses on breast, cervical and colon cancers.

For more information, contact Freddie White Johnson, M.P.P.A., Program Director, Mississippi Network for Cancer Control & Prevention, at 662.453.3688 or by e-mail at fjohnson@msdelta.com.

Dr. Alfio Rausa, Michael Jones, and Freddie White Johnson

On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, Michael Jones, RN, Chief Community Health Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, presented to Dr. Alfio Rausa and Freddie White-Johnson the 2013 Rural Health Champion Award. The ceremony was held at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood, Mississippi. Ms. White-Johnson is the program director for the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention through the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also the founder and president of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation.