Healthcare, Maternal Mortality and Sexual Violence: Healthcare in Mississippi: LA_Mississippi_008

Dr.Mohammad Shabazi, an Iranian professor at Jackson State University, an historically-black college inJackson, 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 andbecame fascinated by the US's health care problems, recognizing thesimilarities between the conditions in Mississippi and the conditionsunder which he grew up, as a member of a small nomadic tribe in Iran,and decided that Mississippi offered the best opportunity for hiswork.  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.

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.