Building a healthy Mississippi through a multi-generational, collaborative approach.
Our generation plus (gen +) approach begins by addressing poverty as well as associated barriers encountered by Mississippi families. The approach is designed with an intentional focus on working with the family as a whole. The gen+ has four key components: education; economic supports through workforce development; health and well-being along with social capital. The goal is to create a foundational framework within the department so that identified resources and services along with program support are aligned with a generation plus approach to build upon the success of the family as a whole.
Two-generation approaches can be found along a continuum. This graphic illustrates the starting point (parent or child) and the relative emphasis. Whole-family approaches focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for the parent and the child. Child-parent approaches focus first or primarily on the child but are moving toward a two-generation approach and also include services and opportunities for the parent. Parent-child approaches focus first or primarily on the parent but are moving toward a two-generation approach and also include services and opportunities for children:
There are four key components of the two-generation approach:
By Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Ascend
We have all heard and seen the statistics in Mississippi – the state ranks 51st in percentage of children living in poverty, highest in poverty rates and people with the lowest incomes, and 50th based on overall measures of human capital. The numbers don’t paint a great picture, but Mississippi is working hard to lift the families with the lowest incomes out of poverty and improve the state’s prospects for success.
Through its gen+approach, Mississippi is working towards building a healthy Mississippi through a multi-generational, collaborative approach that addresses the barriers associated with poverty and an intentional focus on working with the family as a whole. By connecting SNAP, TANF, community colleges, and other income supports, MS is ensuring that training and education is connected to available jobs to support parents in securing “career jobs” that will help them achieve lasting economic stability.
In partnership with Families First for MS, the state Department of Human Services is ensuring that County Offices throughout MS are supporting the “whole family” through parenting education and parenting skills development. The expanded program will utilize partnerships with state and community agencies to both fill in service gaps and guarantee that quality services are not being unnecessarily replicated. Watch the video below to learn how the MS gen + approach is directly impacting the lives of real citizens to build a “Better Mississippi.”