By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – Gov. Phil Bryant will be in Tupelo on Tuesday to rally educators, business leaders and the community at large in addressing teen pregnancy.
The community town hall meeting is part of a series of meetings around the state and has been a major point of focus for Bryant, who initiated the Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi task force.
“We want to bring everyone together,” said Christi Webb, director of the executive director of Family Resource Center of North Mississippi. “We want to talk about what we’re doing and get ideas on what more can be done.”
The town hall meeting in Tupelo will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church fellowship hall; lunch will be provided. It is open to the public and is free.
The meeting is hosted locally by Families First for Mississippi and CREATE Foundation.
The teen birth rate has dropped significantly in both Mississippi and the rest of the nation for the past two decades, but Mississippi continues to have one of the highest rates in the nation with 50.2 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2011 compared to a national rate of 31.3 for the nation.
Along with the governor, speakers include Sen. Sally Doty, Miss Teen Mississippi Alivia Roberts, Jenny Wilburn of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Sandra Maxell of the Mississippi Economic Council and Nycole Campbell Lewis, state coordinator for Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church fellowship hall, Tupelo
Who: Open to the public, no reservation needed