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MPHA is honoring public health heroes during Black History Month. Each week we will spotlight a different public health leader chosen by MPHA’s Health and Racial Equity Committee. This week we honor Ms. Shanell Williamson.

Shanell Williamson is a dedicated healthcare professional with a strong commitment to serving her community. Originally from Bassfield, MS, she has remained rooted in her hometown throughout her career. With an impressive 25-year career in healthcare, Shanell’s journey began at Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, INC. (SEMRHI), where she started as a Medical Receptionist and steadily advanced to the role of Community Engagement Manager.

Throughout her time at SEMRHI, Shanell has consistently shown her commitment to community outreach, taking on various administrative responsibilities while prioritizing direct engagement with local residents. Her work has been instrumental in addressing health disparities and promoting wellness initiatives within underserved communities.

Shanell’s educational background includes earning an Associate’s Degree in Arts from Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, MS. She is currently enrolled at Jackson State University, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Her extensive experience in healthcare equips her with a unique skill set for addressing both administrative and community health needs effectively.

In her role as a Community Engagement Manager/Community Health Worker at Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, INC. (SEMRHI), Shanell continues to make a significant impact through the organization’s partnership with The Mississippi SHINE Project. Through SHINE, Shanell provides valuable information to communities regarding health disparities, utilizing various platforms such as meetings, seminars, health fairs and public advertisements.

Beyond her professional achievements, Shanell is also a devoted Christian, a family woman, and the loving mother of one son, Austin Oatis. Shanell Williamson’s unwavering dedication to improving community health and her commitment to serving underserved communities characterize her as a valuable asset to SEMRHI, MS SHINE Project, and the communities she serves.

Source: Mississippi Public Health Association

posted February 8, 2024

SEMRHI proudly announces that Tonya Green and Aspen Hardges, Social Services Department, were selected to participate in the HRSA PEPFAR Skills Sharing Program (SSP) in Jamaica from January 24-February 3, 2024, with a second visit planned for early summer 2024. PEPFAR stands for U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and its aim is to save lives, prevent HIV infections, and accelerate progress toward achieving HIV/AIDS pandemic control in more than 50 countries around the world.

Tonya and Aspen, along with other U.S. HIV providers, participated in a bilateral peer-to-peer exchange between PEPFAR-supported sites in Jamaica that experience challenges in clinical care, psychosocial services, and quality improvement (QI). Their targeted population consisted of adolescents and young women, and they provided technical assistance (TA) to the staff on managing mental health and achieving viral suppression.

posted January 15, 2024

Closing Alert: Due to the threat of inclement weather, all SEMRHI clinics and offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Please continue to monitor our social media, company website, and local news outlets for updates.

posted January 9, 2024

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, SEMRHI’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program will host a Cervical Cancer Awareness Event on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The event will be held from 10 am – 1 pm at the Hattiesburg Family Health Center, 66 Old Airport Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401. Free giveaways (while supplies last) and cervical cancer health education will be provided.

For more information, please call (601) 544-4550. #CervicalCancerAwarenessMonth #EarlyDetectionSaves

Due to the threat of inclement weather, all SEMRHI clinics and offices will close today, January 8, 2024, at 4:00 pm. All locations are scheduled to resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Please continue to monitor our social media, company website, and local news outlets for updates.

With warm wishes, we celebrate our Chief Executive Officer on her very special day.  Thank you for your guidance, dedication, and support as our leader. Wishing you all the best and a great year of success!

Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7, 2023. Not sure what Medicare plan is right for you? Call us at (601) 544-4163 ext. 4 to schedule a FREE Medicare Plan consultation.

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