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: