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On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency for the state of Mississippi regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are uncertain of the impact this virus will have on our communities in the long run, but are certain that this pandemic has immediate impacts on the health, economics, and mental and psycho-social well-being of the communities we serve.

Teen Health Mississippi is especially concerned about the safety and well-being of our staff, youth, communities, and partners that we counter across the state of Mississippi and beyond. At the same time, THMS is committed more than ever to our mission of ensuring youth have access to high-quality sex education and youth-friendly healthcare services.

Out of an abundance of caution and for the health and well-being of all involved, THMS will suspend its in-person trainings, meetings, and gatherings until March 30, 2020 or until we deem it safe to resume such events. THMS will also temporarily close its physical locations in both Clarksdale, Mississippi and Jackson, Mississippi. Staff will continue to work remotely from March 16, 2020-March 30, 2020. If you have any questions or if you’ve scheduled a meeting with Teen Health Mississippi personnel, please feel free to reach out to us at contact@teenhealthms.org or to staff members directly. 

In the upcoming days, THMS will update you on the strategies we will use to carry our mission forward.

A superintendent of a school system recently stated, “In the end it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we underreacted or did too little.”  I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. THMS will take whatever measures we can to be a part of the solution to minimize the spread of this pandemic.

As Executive Director of THMS, I have full confidence that THMS will operate effectively during this time and come out stronger as a result. We appreciate your understanding and your patience as we navigate this working dynamic. 

Regards,
Hope L. Crenshaw
Executive Director
THMS

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