Reflect on the Past, Look to the Future

Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on January 25, 2011

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Dr. Howe and Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant.
John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE meets with Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant.

On our first day in the Delta, I also took time out to meet with some of Mississippi’s most important state leaders.

I had a breakfast meeting with Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant. Later, I met with a few of the state legislators including Rep. Willie Bailey, Rep. David Norquist and State Senator, Willie Simmons. And I also had the honor of meeting with Governor Haley Barbour at his office in the Capitol building.

At each of these meetings, we looked back on Project HOPE’s health care and humanitarian assistance response in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and discussed HOPE’s current visit to the Delta to assess a possible partnership with the Delta Health Alliance.

The state representatives, Lieutenant Governor Bryant and Governor Barbour all expressed their gratitude for the help Project HOPE provided in the aftermath of Katrina, which included medical volunteers, donated medicines and supplies, as well as the creation of the Moss Point Clinic, a now permanent medical facility serving more than 8,000 patients a year. Each expressed interest in learning more about possible collaborations between the Delta Health Alliance and Project HOPE that would bring better health to the men, women and children of Mississippi’s Delta.


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