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Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) Announces Mrs. Janice Robinson, MPH, CEPD, As Chief Executive Officer

HATTIESBURG, MS – January 24, 2023, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Janice Robinson to serve as Chief Executive Officer.  As an experienced healthcare leader, Janice assumed leadership responsibilities Monday, January 23, 2023.

Appointed Chief Operations Officer in 2021, Janice has worked to provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that SeMRHI has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency. During her tenure at SeMRHI, she has also served in other roles, including Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Board Chair Karen Speed says, “After a one-year journey, we are excited to officially announce the new CEO, Janice Robinson.  The Board and I are so grateful to Kaye Ray and the role she served during this process, and we are confident that Janice will lead SeMRHI even higher in carrying out the company’s mission, vision, and values.”

Janice has nearly two decades of healthcare experience. She holds a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).  She began her career with SeMRHI in 2007 as Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  As a dedicated member of several local/state boards and committees, Janice has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving health outcomes and continues to support the mission of SeMRHI in providing access to affordable, quality, primary and preventive health care to our communities in a patient-centered, safe, and compassionate environment.

As CEO, Janice will continue to direct and oversee the day-to-day operations and functioning of SeMRHI while providing leadership for carrying out the policies and decisions of the Board of Directors.  She will also supervise the corporation’s facilities, employees, programs, budget, and services.  One of her goals is to strive for SeMRHI to be recognized as a leader in community healthcare among the patients served.

Janice is married to Mr. Johnathan Robinson, Sr. of Petal, MS, and they have four children, Candace, Kiesha, Johnathan Jr., and Jeremiah, and five grandchildren.

posted October 25, 2022

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) And Area Development Partnership of Greater Hattiesburg Holds A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony For New Mobile Health Unit!

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (October 4, 2022) – Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) and the Area Development Partnership of Greater Hattiesburg will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling a new mobile health unit on Tuesday, October 25th at 10 am at Hattiesburg Family Health Center, 66 Old Airport Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

SeMRHI serves nearly 40,000 patients in its’ communities each year—a number that is increasing due to the nation’s primary care infrastructure of Americans who lack access to primary care services. This not only highlights the essence of Community Health Centers but also celebrates the efforts of national and community organizations working with partners and volunteers to improve awareness of key health issues often overlooked.

According to www.kff.org, 351,794 Mississippians were uninsured in 2018. For this reason, SeMRHI’s mission remains essential because primary health care remains an opposition in many parts of Mississippi. Although preventive healthcare is often overlooked, it plays a vital role in preventing the onset of many chronic conditions that infect Mississippians, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and now COVID.

Many Mississippians live in remote and underserved communities with a lack of healthcare access and transportation. This investment recently featured in an Arizona showcase, will provide a place for the community to receive dental care, health screenings, vaccinations, physicals, and other medical services in Covington, Forrest, Lamar, Pearl River, and Perry counties.

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) and the Area Development Partnership – Greater Hattiesburg, MS, will present a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the mobile unit to follow.



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SeMRHI is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness by offering free clinical breast exams from Monday, October 10, 2022 through Friday, October 14, 2022 at our Women’s, Beaumont, Brooklyn, Hattiesburg, Lumberton, New Augusta, Picayune, Seminary, and Sumrall locations. Free gift bags for all participants – while supplies last.
For more information, call 601-658-0058.

Join us on September 24th for a Hispanic Festival – Community Health & Resource Fair from 11 am – 3 pm at Friendship Park, 1009 Rebecca Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.  Giveaways, screenings, music, dancing, food, and much more!

Vendors are welcome and must be registered by September 15th.  Click Here for more details and how to register.

For more information, contact Shanell Williamson at (601) 441-9333.

Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI) will offer free health and dental screenings in observation of National Health Center Week at our clinic locations in Beaumont, Brooklyn, Hattiesburg, Lumberton, New Augusta, Picayune, Seminary, and Sumrall.  No appointment is necessary!  Dental screenings will be available from August 8 – August 10, 8 am – 12 pm, only at the Hattiesburg Community Dental Center.

SeMRHI will also host a Milk Bank Drive and Car Seat Check-up on August 11, 2022, from 12 pm – 3 pm at the Women’s Health Center.  The Women’s Health Center is located at 62 Old Airport Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

For more information, call (601) 658-0058.

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