Mississippi State fellow accepts post at Johns Hopkins

M.Maya McDoom's Rural Hospitals project brought together a team of local health and labor economists. | File photo

Mississippi State University's Delta Public Health Fellow M. Maya McDoom has taken the next step in her career by accepting a postdoctoral research position at Johns Hopkins University.

McDoom came to her postdoctoral position at MSU in January 2014. During her tenure, she gained acclaim for her Rural Hospitals project that brought together a team of local health and labor economists to gather and present data that made a case for more state and federal investment in Mississippi's rural hospitals. McDoom and her team found that approximately one-third of Mississippi's general care hospitals were at risk of closing. The project developed specific recommendations for more integrated services, new service delivery methods, and new funding sources and stakeholders.

“I think if you can make something work here [Mississippi] as far as research and health, or economic development, I think it can be a great template for how we can make it work throughout America," McDoom said.

Moving forward, McDoom will research heart health and chronic kidney issues outcomes at Johns Hopkins University’s Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. School officials expressed gratitude for McDoom's contributions to the Mississippi health community.

“Dr. McDoom has had an exceptionally productive program of post-doctoral studies at MSU and her work will have lasting impact," MSU's Director of the Social Science Research Center Arthur Cosby said. "Health disparities is such a priority at the university, and her fine efforts in bringing together faculty and students interested in health disparity issues has clearly moved us forward in coordinating university expertise in this important area for Mississippi."

McDoom said she would look forward to returning to Mississippi in the future, perhaps as a tenure track assistant professor.

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