Natchez, a certified retirement community, has a population of 15,513. It is the only city in rural Adams County. Adams County has a population of 32,297, of which 27 percent are children and 16 percent are elderly. Blacks make up more than half (53 percent) of the population, while 44.7 percent are white, 0.5 percent are Asian, and 0.5 percent are American Indian. The median household income is $27,381. Thirty-one percent of the population resides in poverty, and only 20 percent have health insurance.
Like most of Mississippi, Adams County is a rural county that has many health disparities due to poverty and limited access to healthy foods, physical activity, and quality primary health care. Given these facts, CHMI’s primary goal is to decrease the prevalence of preventable disease by 2020, including addressing preventable and reversible chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and infant mortality. In Adams County, CHMI and Humana see a unique opportunity to develop and implement strategies that will address the underlying causes of poor health.