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Mississippi has many health challenges. At UMMC, doctors, researchers and educators are constantly developing smart new ways to improve the health of Mississippians.

Coach Leroy

A new way to tackle diabetes

UMMC is helping Coach Leroy Henderson manage his diabetes from a computer in his own home.Your donation helps bring answers like this to more Mississippians across the state.


A life-changing clinical trial

When Elaine Adair was diagnosed with stage three uterine cancer, her UMMC gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Mildred Ridgway, secured a place for her in a clinical trial. Elaine received a new kind of treatment that let her return to her life sooner.

Eli Manning

Your support helps Mississippi's children.

Kids from all 82 counties come to Children's of Mississippi for care more than 150,000 times a year—care designed just for kids, in the cheerful, friendly setting of Mississippi's only children’s hospital.


A pioneering alternative to open heart surgery

Children's heart surgeon, Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami repaired the hole in Abigail Morgan's heart through a small incision under her arm. UMMC is one of the few places anywhere performing this new procedure.


UMMC helps Mississippi in so many ways.

UMMC is dedicated to fighting Mississippi's largest health challenges. When you give to the Manning Family Fund, you're making a commitment to real results, today and for generations to come.

Your donation makes an impact on Mississippi's major health issues.


One in three Mississippi adults is considered obese—as are nearly half of our children. Obesity leads to a host of health issues including hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, diabetes, even cancer.

UMMC is fighting obesity by:

  • Bringing together researchers, healthcare providers, state and local governments, business leaders, and community groups to fight the obesity epidemic in Mississippi
  • Conducting research and development of new treatment and prevention methods at the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research
  • Offering surgical and non-surgical weight management programs to the public
  • Working to educate Mississippians on how diet affects overall health through community outreach events like Fitness Fest
  • Teaching school children about healthy eating by helping elementary students plant a vegetable garden

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in Mississippi—accounting for over 30 percent of all deaths in the state.

UMMC is fighting heart disease by:

  • Giving Mississippians heart care close to home, through the state's only heart transplant program
  • Providing coordinated, lifelong care for congenital heart patients through the state's only congenital heart program
  • Conducting the Jackson Heart Study—the largest single-site, epidemiologic study of cardiovascular disease among African-Americans ever undertaken

Kidney Disease

Mississippi has one of the highest rates of kidney disease in the nation.

UMMC is fighting kidney disease by:

  • Offering the only kidney transplant program in the state, allowing patients to stay close to home and family
  • Working to improve kidney disease outcomes through research at our Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center
  • Training future nephrologists to serve Mississippi through our nephrology fellowship program


Mississippi faces a growing diabetes crisis. Diabetes rates are rising, with more than 370,000 cases throughout the state. A large percentage of those patients live in rural areas, with limited access to vital ongoing care.

UMMC is fighting diabetes by:


More than 13,000 Mississippians of all ages are diagnosed with cancer every year. Whether as a patient or caregiver for a loved one battling cancer, nearly every Mississippian has been affected by this pervasive disease.

UMMC is fighting cancer by:


Over 50,000 Mississippians are currently living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. But countless more are touched by this crisis as they struggle to understand and care for loved ones suffering from dementia.

UMMC is fighting Alzheimer's and other dementias by:

  • Playing a leading role in the ARIC Neurocognitive Study, one of the largest investigations ever undertaken to identify risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia
  • Working to crack the code of Alzheimer's and other dementias through pioneering research, state-of-the-art brain imaging and powerful new genetic technologies at The MIND Center
  • Opening The MIND Center Clinic, a new clinic devoted to dementia patient care


Mississippi's death rate from HIV is nearly double the national average. Education, prevention and treatment are critical to turning the tide.

UMMC is fighting HIV by:

  • Helping inform the way researchers think about treating the early stages of HIV, thanks to the experience of Dr. Hannah Gay
  • Providing clinical care and social support for HIV and AIDS patients through our Adult Special Services Clinic
  • Giving caregivers around the state continuing HIV education through the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center
  • Taking part in the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a national observational study with a 20-year history devoted to better understanding the impact of long-term HIV in women

Women's Health

Mississippi's women have some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high-risk pregnancy and pregnancy-induced hypertension in the country. Additionally, disease onset, treatments and outcomes can differ greatly between men and women.

UMMC is supporting women's health by:

Children's Health

In terms of healthcare, children face their own big challenges. From minor injuries to major diseases, children need specialized care—not just a downsized version of adult treatments.

UMMC is supporting children's health by:

  • Improving health and wellness for kids statewide through Children’s of Mississippi clinics, physicians and services
  • Offering specialized pediatric care—including transplants, cardiology and oncology—at Batson Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in the state
  • Caring for Mississippi's smallest and sickest babies with the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Mississippi
  • Bringing pediatric specialty care to kids throughout the state with regular outreach clinics in the southern, north-central and Gulf Coast regions of Mississippi.

Access to Care

In Mississippi, two out of three counties are officially designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) and have high levels of chronic illness and poverty.

UMMC is working to improve access to care by:

About The Manning Family Fund

The Manning family roots run deep in Mississippi. Archie and Olivia Manning were born, raised and married in the Delta. Archie launched his legendary football career at Ole Miss. With the professional success of their sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli, the family's influence now reaches around the globe. But they still feel a powerful connection to Mississippi and are grateful for what the state has given them.

The Manning Family Fund was born of that gratitude and desire to give back to Mississippi. The fund works to:

  • Raise money to help meet the challenges facing Mississippians
  • Promote the work UMMC is doing to meet those challenges
  • Garner support for UMMC's missions of education, research and healthcare

About UMMC

As the state's only academic medical center, UMMC works for the good of all Mississippians. UMMC receives 11 percent of its funding from the state, all of which is appropriated for education. Your gift is vitally important to support the hard work and innovation that will lead to a healthier Mississippi.

In addition to UMMC's hospitals, clinics, health sciences schools and research facilities, UMMC offers Mississippi's only:

  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Children's Cancer Center
  • Heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplant programs
  • Comprehensive Telehealth Program
  • Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry

UMMC's mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's healthcare professionals, conducting health sciences research, and providing excellent patient care. Additionally, we work to eliminate healthcare disparities based on race, geography, income or social status.


Thank you. Together, we're building a healthier legacy for Mississippi.

Donate by Check

Please mail check to:
The Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi
UMMC Office of Development
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

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Corporate Sponsors

We extend a special thank you to our corporate supporters who are committed to improving the health of Mississippi by joining The Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi:

$15,000 and above:
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

$10,000 and above:
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Entergy Mississippi, Inc.

$5,000 and above:
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.
Fountain Construction Company, Inc.


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UMMC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. James Keeton; Mayor of the City of Jackson Tony Yarber; The University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Daniel W. Jones; and Archie and Olivia Manning announce The Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi. The official announcement event was held June 23, 2014, on the UMMC campus

The Manning family has taken Eli’s lead and come together to support the work being done at UMMC to combat Mississippi’s greatest health issues. This video features interviews with Archie Manning; Olivia Manning; UMMC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. James Keeton; The University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Daniel W. Jones; and Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery Dr. Jorge Salazar.