The Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) is working in Mississippi for the 8th time and the second time to the Delta region. Mississippi provides a rural southern context for PHAST members to become immersed.
Throughout the week, PHAST has had the opportunity to observe, participate and learn with students from the University of Mississippi and with the Center for Population Studies. The week has provided an in depth learning experience that explored community engagement, multiple forms of qualitative data collection, and reflection of the many meanings of community. By the end of this week, PHAST will have contributed not only to knowledge generation and formation for our partners, but the students will have contributed to their own personal and professional growth.
I must admit I was never eager to journey into the state that my grandmother, an Alabaman native, thought was far worse than her home state. However, I have come to embrace the unique character and honesty of the region. I hope the students will also welcome the warmth of the Mississippi Delta.