About us

Who We Are


As regional gaps continue to grow, life expectancy rates are now two to four years shorter in southern states versus those in the north. These disparities are fueled by social, economic, and behavioral factors such as lower levels of education, higher rates of tobacco use and obesity, and less social mobility. 

The Institute was established in 2019 to reduce health disparities among disadvantaged and under served minority populations in the southern region through program development and implementation, training and technical assistance, organizational capacity building, grant writing and evaluation. The areas covered by the Institute include all 82 counties of Mississippi.

Stakeholders for the Institute include vulnerable and disadvantaged minority populations in Mississippi. Specifically, we specialize in working with community-based organizations, local, state and national public health agencies, municipalities, academic institutions of higher learning, and other educational facilities to develop, implement and evaluate public health programs designed to improve the health of vulnerable, disadvantaged and under served communities.

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Giving a donation to THE INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MINORITY HEALTH can help us to reach more children transform their lives for the better. Join your hand with us for a better life and beautiful future.

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Our Team

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in all forms.

We believe good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time. We want team members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences to help us find innovative solutions to problems. Every single person there is smart, creative and fun. . We are united in our passion to make the world a better place and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Sandra C. Melvin, DrPH, MPH
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Akita Spann
Community Health Worker
Jordan Graves, MPH
Program Manager
Demitria Love
MPH-Program Manager
Chasitie Webster
Office Manager
Kierra Melvin
Community Health Worker