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Mendal Kemp serves as the director of MHA's Center for Rural Health and is the Rural Hospital Flexibility Coordinator. He is a veteran health care facility administrator and regulator. He is charged with helping Mississippi's rural hospitals with strategic planning and performance improvement. He can be reached at (800) 289-8884, (601) 368-3384 or mkemp@mhanet.org.

MHA's Center for Rural Health is engaged in data collection on rural health needs, policy analysis and development, the provision of technical assistance, health manpower recruitment, coordination of rural health interests state-wide, and support for rural facilities. Of the 82 counties in Mississippi, 65 are non-metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). With 80% of the counties being non-MSAs, Mississippi is one of the most rural states in the nation.

Throughout the year, we offer educational opportunities geared towards rural health professionals. We also publish an online newsletter focusing on rural health care.

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