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April 2021
Regina McLeod
Field Office, George County
Regina McLeod goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients and staff. She's always ready to lend a helping hand, and does more than what a Youth Services Counselor is expected to do. Regina assists her clients in any way she can to help them become more productive citizens. She is also a great supervisor to her staff and those throughout the region. . Thank you Regina for your amazing contributions to the MDHS team!
Heike Gutierrez
State Office, DAAS
Heike Gutierrez demonstrates her commitment to MDHS's mission and values by her many actions of service to the agency and her clients in the Division of Aging and Adult Services. Heike always goes beyond the expectations of her job duties when a fellow team member needs assistance. She is an exemplary steward of Mississippi's resources in her role as Fiscal Officer, and she positively contributes to the overall mission at MDHS. Keep up the fantastic work, Heike!
Malcolm Alexander meets with Safety and Emergency Services Division
Malcolm Alexander, Division Fire Chief of Community Relations & Fire Safety Education, met with the Division of Safety and Emergency Services to update them on the proper evacuation processes for state and county offices.
Senior Food Project
The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District in conjunction with Stewpot and the City of Jackson distributed groceries to the congregate meal participants. This project will continue for the next 4 months.
Hinds County Human Resource Agency meets 100% of Community Services Block Grant Management and Accountability Standards
On March 24, 2021, Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) received notice from the Mississippi Department of Human Services that following a review by the Division of Community Services, HCHRA was found to have met 100% of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program organizational standards for 2020.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Services (OCS) requires states to establish a set of organizational standards as part of performance management and accountability for the CSBG Program. In the case of Hinds County Human Resource Agency, the Mississippi Department of Human Services has both the authority and responsibility for oversight for the agency’s CSBG Program.

The standards by which HCHRA’s performance was measured were designed to ensure that the agency has a capacity to provide high-quality services to low-income families and communities. During its review, the Division of Community Services looked at HCHRA’s consumer input and involvement, community engagement, community assessment, organizational leadership, board governance, strategic planning, human resource management, and financial operations and oversight. 

“In 2017, we went from achieving 95% of the standards to meeting 100%, and we have consistently met that mark for the last four years,” said Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA president and CEO. “Our goal is to maintain that level of excellence by continuing to provide exceptional service at every interaction.”

For more information on the organizational standards for CSBG eligible programs, click here to visit the National Association for State Community Services Programs.
MDHS Leadership Tours Traditions/Trio Facility
Mr. Anderson, Rachelle Richardson (Deputy Director for Age-Related Programs), and Kenyada Blake (Director for Division of Aging & Adult Services), along with members of the Division of Aging and Adult Services, visited the Traditions/Trio Facility to see the process of preparing frozen meals along with the shipment process of getting these meals to our older adults across Mississippi.
EW/CM Appreciation Day
Bolivar County celebrated Eligibility Worker/Case Worker Appreciation Day by treating their staff to lunch from Drake's Barbeque.
Career Step Success
Tyna Sims completed her Associate Degree in Healthcare Data Technology at Coahoma Community College with the WIOA program's help at the WIN Job Center and Career Step program.
The Career Step Program helped Tyna further her education and reach her goals. Through this program, Tyna enrolled in the Health Science Phlebotomy Program at Coahoma Community College. She will complete the Phlebotomy program on April 29, 2021.

After completing the Phlebotomy Program, Tyna will obtain a position as a phlebotomist and await the Certified Nursing Program's start in the fall at the Health Science Building at Coahoma Community College.

Tyna would not have accomplished her goals and success without the Career Step Program's help. She is forever grateful and thanks the program for all the help and support along the way.
Tyna would also like to give a special thank you to Ms. Jalisa Brunt. "She has been a fantastic mentor for me, supported me through my transition to the next steps in furthering my education, and helped me reach the goals I set for myself as well."
"She always encouraged me to press forward and constantly called and checked on me to see how things are going for me in the Phlebotomy Program. She was a great support system for me as well. The Career Step Program has made an amazing impact on my life."
APHSA Stakeholders Assessment
Findings Summary
Continuing Education, Vivian Brown
Congratulations to Ms. Vivian Brown in continuing her education to better the lives of Mississippians! Vivian works in Harrison County as an Eligibility Worker in the Division of Economic Assistance.

She recently graduated from Belhaven University, in the Fall of 2020, with a master's degree in Health Administration. She graduated with a 3.8 GPA.

Her graduation ceremony is set for May 1, 2021 at the MS Coast Coliseum.
Way to Go, Marcus!
Marcus Thompson was presented his Clerical Certificate for completing clerical training via Zoom. Pictured here with Lisa Coats, EA Regional Director 2.

Training has been difficult during the pandemic, however everyone has been on board for making it happen.

Thank you for all you do!

- EA Training TEAM
Silver Anvil FINALIST
The Communications team has been selected as a 2021 Silver Anvil finalist by the Public Relations Society of America!

This program recognizes and honors the very best public relations programs planned and executed each year.
2021 Silver Anvil Award winners will be announced on June 10, 2021 during the 2021 Anvil Ceremony, which will be held virtually.
We Miss Seeing You!
We would love to highlight photos of the county office and shine a light on the fantastic teams throughout the state. Please submit your photos along with names of the people in them to

Simeca Rockingham
20 Years
Denise Cooper
10 Years
Janie Crapps
10 Years
Bolivar County
Glovette Jenkins, Eligibility Worker II Bolivar County (Center), is retiring after 29 years of service. Jaslyn Lucas, Case Manager (Left), will be leaving after 3 years of service to Bolivar County to join the Mississippi Valley State University Communications Department. Pictured right is Kelvin Short, County Director.
Donna Davis
23 Years
Theresa Hampton
24 Years
Kathy Nicholson
27 Years
Mobile Vaccination Aims to
Reach Older Mississippi Adults
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Eola Murry, 75, never questioned that she wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it became available. The problem was finding a place to receive it..

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