In 2016, UMMC applied for an AHEAD (Accelerating Health Equity Advancing through Discovery) grant from the American Association of Medical Colleges. UMMC was one of the academic medical centers nationwide to be awarded a grant.
The AAMC recognized that the problems impacting (and identified by) communities are more successfully studied and addressed in partnership with the community. The grant provides limited training and technical assistance to the six teams for systems development to address the identified community concern, as well as opportunities to collaborate with peer grantees. Community concerns selected for systems development were largely determined by community health needs assessments, community focus groups, and input from community providers.
The Heads Up Mississippi work grew out of an identified need. The project began only a year after Mississippi became the last state in the nation to adopt a Youth Sports Concussion law.
In Mississippi, there is a need for:
The long-term goal for Heads Up Mississippi is to implement a collective impact strategy to develop an equitable (by sex and region) statewide contact-sport concussion prevention system for adolescent athletes (ages 12-18) in Mississippi.
Our key indicators of success include:
Workgroups focused on: