Kara M. Aldridge
Tel: 601-576-7216

Welcome to Mississippi, the Magnolia State, heart of the south, the birthplace of American’s music and known as the hospitality state, rich with possibilities and opportunities. It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Mississippi is bordered on the north by Tennessee, on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico and on the west, across the Mississippi River, by Louisiana and Arkansas.

Mississippi is the Birthplace of Blues Musicians B.B. King, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and many more. Elvis and Oprah were also born in Mississippi.

Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Brett Favre are three of the most successful and popular NFL athletes from Mississippi.

Each regions of the state has its own unique flavor of attractions and adventures, whether it’s the Rolling Hills, the Delta, the Heartland, the River Country, the Piney Woods, and the inviting Gulf Coast. They all leave a impressionable memory of the Deep South.

Key Points

The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (MORHPC) go a step beyond traditional health department activities to assist the underserved persons in our state. The MORHPC works to promote and support the provision of primary care services by facilitating and coordinating activities in the state related to the delivery of primary care services and the recruitment and retention of critical health care providers.


Specialties Sought

  • Primary Care Physicians-Allopathic, Osteopathic Physicians: Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Practice, and Obstetric/Gynecology

  • Dental: Dental/Pediatrics, General Dentistry

  • Mental: Psychiatry

  • Mid-Level Providers and Health Care Professionals: Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Registered Dental Hygienist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapists and Physician Assistant

Registered Nurse Recruiting

Our state does currently recruit Registered Nurses (RNs). For Nursing opportunities, please contact: Kara M. Aldridge at 601 576-7226.

The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care has been designated to serve as a State Contact and clearinghouse for the J-1 Visa Waiver Programs. Mississippi J-1 Visa Waiver Policies and Procedures for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and State 30 Program are available.

The MORHPC will administer the programs in a fair and consistent manner, as well as provide technical assistance to all interested in developing either the site predetermination or actual application for placement of a foreign-trained J-1 Visa Waiver provider.

Please visit the MS State Department of Health Website for information on J-1 Visa Waiver Program.

J1 Contact Information

Judy Newton
MS Department of Health/MS Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
POB 1700
570 East Woodrow Wilson Blvd.
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: 601-576-7216
Fax: 601-576-7530

Mississippi Residency Programs Expansion since 2013:

  1. EC-Healthnet Family Medicine Residency Program http://echealthnet.com/
  2. Forrest General Hospital Family Residence Program-https://www.forresthealth.org/services/medicine/family-medicine-residency-clinic/https://www.forresthealth.org/services/medicine/family-medicine-residency-clinic/
  3. Keesler Air Force Base-Graduate Medical Education-https://www.keesler.af.mil/Units/81st-Training-Wing/Graduate-Medical-Education/
  4. Magnolia Regional Health Center Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency-https://www.mrhc.org/medical-education/internal-medicine-program/
  5. Merit Health Wesley Graduate Residency Program-https://www.merithealthwesley.com/internal-medicine-residency
  6. North Mississippi Family Medicine Residency Program-http://www.nmhs.net/fmrc.php
  7. University of Mississippi  Medical Center Department of Family Medicine-https://www.umc.edu/som/Departments%20and%20Offices/SOM%20Departments/Family%20Medicine/Education/Residency/Overview.html



Kara M. Aldridge
Special Projects Officer
P.O. Box 1700
570 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: 601-576-7216
Fax: 601-576-7873
Mississippi State Department of Health/MS Office of Rural Health and Primary Care


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