Sisters in Birth to Launch Jackson Teen Pregnancy Program in September

Sisters in Birth, a nonprofit charitable organization working to improve prenatal health and reduce premature births in Hinds County, plans to open a community-based teen pregnancy program in Jackson in September 2019.  The program will provide services such as home visitation, child birth education activities, structured physical activities, labor and delivery support, motivational counseling, patient advocacy and breastfeeding counseling for pregnant teens living in Hinds County. The organization will give teens who successfully complete the program a free crib and car seat, and will offer financial incentives to those who both have full-term, vaginal births and breastfeed, a release from Sisters in Birth says. Sisters in Birth plans to enroll a maximum of 50 Hinds County teens between the ages of 14 and 18 and in their 1st trimester each year and will support them throughout their pregnancies, births and after birth.  The program is free to teens who are eligible for Medicaid coverage, and whose parent or guardian is willing to be involved in the program.  The group will offer teens not eligible for Medicaid a sliding-scale fee based on their families’ incomes. For more information or to request an application for the program, email [email protected] Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson: Dr. Errick Greene 7×12

 

Dr. Errick Greene has been superintendent of the Jackson Public School district for less than a year. He previously served as the Chief of Schools of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma. Dr. Greene has a doctoral degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania; two master’s degrees in Education — one from Trinity University and another from Howard University; and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University.JPS recently released its strategic plan for improving the grades they receive as a district and working to improve the quality of education provided to what Dr. Greene calls “scholars,” and to avoid a state takeover. He spoke with JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd about the district’s new strategic plan, including for “joyful learning” and a new dedication to “excellence.”This episode is brought to you by the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. More at http://museumcape.org/. This episode is brought to you by the members of the JFP VIP Club. Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Patty Patterson LTJPx14

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd spoke with Patty Patterson, who is in the runoff for Hinds County District 5 Supervisor; her opponent is the incumbent, Bobby McGowan. Patterson graduated from Jackson State University in 1986 with a degree in Business Management; she’s a volunteer on many local boards and causes, as well as the owner of Repurposed Projects, a business that upcycles reclaimed wood into furniture. Her platform focuses on improving roads, improving public safety, funding education and promoting entrepreneurship. www.votepattypatterson.com
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Vicki Slater LTJPx13

 

In this episode in our limited series for for the 2019 political season, Donna Ladd speaks with Vicki Slater, a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives in District 56, which serves western Madison County shooting over from Gluckstadt up to Flora; down to a stretch of Hinds County on the west side of Hwy 49, reaching down to Clinton. Slater, an attorney who lives in Madison County, hopes to get through the primary and challenge Phillip Gunn, the incumbent, who also happens to be Speaker of the House. www.facebook.com/SlaterforMississippi
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Let’s Talk Jackson: Pamela Junior 7×11

As Pamela Junior takes over the position as director of both the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Right Museum, she sat down with Donna Ladd to talk about growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, what her experience has been so far teaching history as director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—and how the information presented in the Two Museums makes it possible to “meet people where they are” are potential help build a new future for Mississippi. Museum of Mississippi History: mmh.mdah.ms.gov/
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Edelia Carthan LTJPx12

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, Ashton Pittman spoke with Dr. Edelia Carthan, a candidate for Mississippi House District 71, a seat currently held by Ronnie Crudup. Jr. after a special election this spring. Dr. Carthan, who is a professor at Tougaloo College, says that as a resident of District 71, she’s familiar with its needs, and will focus on issues such a fully funding education, supporting women’s rights, improving access to healthcare, and focusing on infrastructure, small business support and much more. www.electedeliadrjaycarthan.com/
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Let’s Talk Jackson Politics: Hillman Frazier LTJPx11

In this episode of our special series for the 2019 political season, state reporter Ashton Pittman spoke with Senator Hillman Frazier, who is running for re-election in Mississippi’s 27th district, representing a large part of West Jackson and most of the Clinton area. Senator Frazier first entered the legislature as a member of the House in 1980; he’s been in the Mississippi Senate since 1993, where he’s the chairman of the Housing committee and vice-chair of Universities and Colleges; he also sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary A and Public Health and Welfare committees, among others. www.facebook.com/htfrazier/
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