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11975 Seaway Road
Suite B-233
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone 228-206-4177/206-4180
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National Quality Strategy Will Promote Better Health, Quality Care for Americans
Created under the Affordable Care Act, first-ever strategy will guide local, state, and national efforts to improve quality of care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy). The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state, and national efforts to improve the quality of health care in the United States.

Online Training: Teen Dating Violence Prevention 

It is important to begin to teach teens about safe and respectful relationships early - before they begin to date.

Teen dating violence is a growing public health issue. In a nationwide survey of students in grades 9-12, nearly one in 10 students reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the past 12 months.

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention is a 60-minute, interactive training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with Liz Claiborne Inc., Dating Matters also will highlight the importance of promoting healthy relationships.

Dating Matters takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher's whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.

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Interfaith Partnerships Community Wellness Conference
Integrating Mental, Behavioral, Physical and Spiritual Health 

 Early Bird Special Ending Soon--May 1, 2014

June 10 – 11, 2014
Biloxi, MS
Biloxi Civic Center

The 2014 Community Wellness Conference: Integrating Mental, Behavioral, Physical and Spiritual Health promises to be another exciting opportunity to enhance your skills. Over the past eight years the conference has sought to bring together primary and mental health care professionals from across the MS Gulf Coast to broaden their networks, update their skills, explore new strategies, and earn CEUs. The Community Wellness Conference creates a space for innovative learning that contributes to increasing community resiliency and provides support for health care professionals facing the unique challenges of work on the South Mississippi Gulf Coast.

We are excited about the 2014 Community Wellness Conference. This training opportunity will include speakers and breakout sessions by primary and mental health care professionals; nutritional and fitness professionals as well as a range of topics to promote community wellness projects. It is our belief that community wellness starts with education and a proactive approach to decreasing the incidence of illness related to lifestyle and health choices. This year’s conference will offer more opportunities for participants to develop strategies to inform and involve the public in making Mississippi a healthier place to live. The Planning Committee is also working on providing CEUs for health care professions and CMEs for physicians, nurses and others in the wellness community. Last year the Community Wellness Conference provided up to 13 CEUs for qualified participants. Some of the workshops that will be offered are Bullying Prevention Methods, Ethics In the Age of Social Media, Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregivers, Music Therapy, Elder Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief Issues for Children, Fund Raising for Non Profits. We anticipate having 4 plenary sessions and 24 breakout sessions.

CEU's approved by The Department of Mental Health, Division of Professional Development
           To register or for additional information on registration and       sponsorship opportunities
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Mission: Building community resiliency
PreK4Ward is now taking applications for 40 seats in 2 new classes that will be opening later this month in the Orange Grove/Three Rivers area of the Harrison County School District. PreK4Ward offers a free, high quality program to children that turned 4 year olds by September 1 of this year. The hours of the classes are 8:30 to 2 pm on the days that the school district holds classes. 

Parents may find a complete application at

or by going to our webpage at .

Students living in the Harrison County School District that are qualified for HeadStart but not currently enrolled are encouraged to apply, as well as all others interested.  

PS...PreK4Ward is moving into the Knight Center later this month!  

Cynthia Minton Walker
Project Director/Consultant
South MS PreK4Ward Initiative
11048 Channelside Drive
Gulfport, MS 39503

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OR Facebook @ South MS PreK4Ward!

Gulfport – today announced that Rev. Alice M. Graham, PhD from Gulfport, is a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life. 

Graham was named a fellow because of work with Interfaith Partnerships (formerly Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force) in building community resiliency through providing information, education and training for underserved community residents. 

“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”

The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies. and Symetra. The Prize is awarded by, a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good. 

A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the seven winners from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees. This year’s 43 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in December in San Francisco.

For more information about The Purpose Prize, visit:  

About ( is a nonprofit organization building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue “encore careers” – second acts for the greater good. The Purpose Prize, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and Symetra, is a program of
 The mission of Interfaith Partnerships is to build community resiliency through information, education and training. Over the last three years we have developed robust partnerships with faith based and community organizations and provider organizations to address emotional and physical wellness needs of underserved populations.