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Office of Public Affairs

The Division of Public Affairs is the strategic communications hub of the Medical Center. Public Affairs oversees all interactions with the news media and tells the Medical Center story through print and electronic communications for internal and external audiences, including UMMC's primary social media accounts.

In addition, Public Affairs provides a variety of services to the Medical Center community, including creative communications services, publicity for noteworthy activities, tours and event planning.

Our office can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (601) 984-1100, or by email at publicaffairs@umc.edu.

Our office is located on the first floor of the Holmes Learning Resources Center, across from the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The closest public parking lot to our office is in Lot D across from the Nelson Student Union, next to the School of Pharmacy. Walk through the School of Medicine, and we are right inside the LRC to the left.

Media guidelines and resources

Members of the professional news media who need assistance covering Medical Center activities should contact the office at (601) 984-1100.

All media who visit the campus must be accompanied by an escort from Public Affairs.


Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, shakes hands with Ed Parkinson, acting CEO of the FirstNet Authority, after each signed a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations aimed at improving emergency medical response communication and connectivity in Mississippi, especially in rural areas. Standing behind them are, from left, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Medical Director of the UMMC Mississippi Center of Emergency Services Dr. Damon Darsey.

New collaboration will give first responders technology tools to save lives

Thursday, March 21, 2019

If a first responder at the scene of an emergency in rural Mississippi can’t get signal to make a call or use WiFi, the life of an injured person could be in peril. A new collaboration between UMMC and the federal First Responder Network Authority aims to address that communication challenge through innovation and the statewide buildup of mobile broadband. Read More

Amari Dunson, a student at South Delta Elementary School, gets his blood pressure checked by Sarah McGraw, family nurse practitioner, in the Mercy Delta Express clinic.

SON recognized for outstanding work in medically underserved Delta school district

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The School of Nursing and the South Delta School District received a 2019 Governor’s Award for the work being done in the district's school-based clinics. In an area with no pediatrician and few health professionals, the care from SON nurse practitioners and nurses may be the only quality medical care some children receive. Read More

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