Community Needs Assessment

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Mississippi Needs Assessment
Kana Crumby
Liberty University

This paper looks at the history of the state of Mississippi. Mississippi is a poor state with little resources. This paper details the risk factors that lead to poor mental health in the residents of the state as well as areas of weakness in the state. Using statistics from various sources, the author breaks down population data to form a needs assessment and summarize the state’s condition.

Mississippi Needs Assessment
The state of Mississippi is located in the southern portion of the United States and gets its name from the Mississippi River, which flows next to the state’s western border (Mississippi, 2011). The capitol of Mississippi is Jackson. It has a subtropical climate with the southern part of the state being at risk for seasonal hurricanes. Thunderstorms are also very common in Mississippi with about 30 tornadoes annually (Mississippi, 2011). Mississippi is blessed with very fertile soil. It is especially rich in the Black Belt and Delta areas. The landscape of Mississippi is flat with little variation across the state (Mississippi, 2011).
Mississippi has a rich history rooted in cotton farming that began in the early 1800’s. The cotton industry made Mississippi one of the wealthiest states in the Union before the Civil War and necessitated the use of hundreds thousands of slaves. Because of this, Mississippi was the second state to join the Confederacy during the Civil War (StateMaster, 2012). After the Civil War, slaves were given their freedom and the cotton industry floundered. Mississippi’s economy never recovered (Mississippi, 2011). The economic condition of the state reinforced many of the social customs that developed before the war and segregation continued well into the late 1950’s. (StateMaster, 2012).
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