Dr.Mohammad Shabazi, an Iranian professor at Jackson State University, an historically-black college in
Jackson, Mississippi, is greeted by Luther Shelby Jr in Peaches Cafe in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, June 2, 2012. Dr. Shabazi had moved to the States in the 80s for school and
became fascinated by the US's health care problems, recognizing the
similarities between the conditions in Mississippi and the conditions
under which he grew up, as a member of a small nomadic tribe in Iran,
and decided that Mississippi offered the best opportunity for his
work. He eventually teamed up with Dr. Aaron Shirley and non-profit consultant from Oxford, Mississippi, named James Miller, to try to implement a health care plan similar to that in Iran in Mississippi. Mississippi has some of the highest rates of diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, AIDs, among other ailments, in the country, and though millions of federal funds have been thrown at the problems for years, conditions have only gotten worse.