What is the MS Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition, a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is actively working to help stem the potentially devastating health epidemic of childhood obesity.  Childhood obesity is a serious problem in our area, but there's now a group of like-minded individuals and organizations working together to combat it.

The Coalition offers Let's Go! Gulf Coast, a program about healthy eating and active living for Gulf Coast children and youth, their families, and the communities in which they live, learn, work, and play.  In addition, the Coalition partners with the University of Southern Mississippi to conduct childhood obesity-related research.


Coalition Members

Amy Brandenstein  |  Chevron, Pascagoula Refinery

Debbie Colby  |  National Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute at Tradition

Joey Conwill, MS  |  Wellness Director  |  Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA

Randy Doyle  |  Blossman Gas

Diane Easley  |  Community Care Network/Sue's Home

Danielle Emery  |  Joan & Ray Kroc Corp Community Center

Danielle Fastring, PhD, MPH|  University of Southern Mississippi

Vanessa Gibson  |  Jackson County Civic Action Committee

Joni Goodman  |  Ingalls Shipbuilding

Princella Graham  |  Community Member

Pete Harrell  |  Ingalls Shipbuilding

Lauren Jones  |  Kidding Around Yoga

T'Quondra Harris  |  Community Member

Wanda Jones  |  William Carey University

Kelsey Keel  |  Mississippi Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition

Marsha Parker  |  Mississippi Department of Health, Office of Oral Health

John B. Miller  |  Police Chief  |  Biloxi Police Department

Cindy Rawlings  |  Community Member

Toni Richardson  |  Mississippi Department of Health, Coastal Plains Public Health

Jodi Ryder  |  Singing River Health System

Melissa Schnoor  |  Singing River Health System

Erica Schrock |  Bienville Orthopaedics Specialists

Gayle Schultz  |  Ocean Springs School District

Laura Sessum, MSN, RN  |  Executive Director  |  Singing River Health System Foundation

Heather Sheard  |  Community Member

Kayleigh Shorter|  Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

Rufus Smith  |  Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Alan Sudduth  |  Chevron, Pascagoula Refinery

Brad Williams  |  Mississippi Department of Health, Southern Region

Kathrin Williams  |  Biloxi High School

Tracy Wyman  |  Gulf Coast Community Exhange/Design Studio

Stacie Zorn  |  Attorney  |  Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer, & Burrow, PA