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Mayor Flaggs announces project director for $3 million health literacy grant

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Felicia Whittington Kent (Courtesy: City of Vicksburg)

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The City of Vicksburg has hired Felicia Whittington Kent to serve as Project Director of the recently acquired $3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

The grant is a two-year initiative designed to advance health literacy and enhance equitable community responses to COVID-19 while identifying and implementing best practices for improving health literacy in Vicksburg. The initiative is a partnership with Jackson State University, Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, and the City of Vicksburg.

“Felicia comes highly recommended from Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and is enormously qualified in her field,” Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. said. “Her extensive experience with grants includes managing over $60 million in federal, state, and private grant funds. We’re excited about this unique opportunity that will undoubtedly benefit our entire community, and we proudly welcome Felicia to the team.”

The position will contribute to reducing COVID-19 infections and the development of content and strategy to drive community engagement. Additionally, it will support population health behavior change while playing an instrumental role in planning, writing, testing, and implementing health literacy interventions for various vulnerable populations in the City of Vicksburg and surrounding areas in Warren County, and Federal reporting.

As an employee of Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health, Kent served as director of revenue cycle management and executive director of development of Jackson State University.

While employed by Tougaloo College, Kent served as senior director of development, executive director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center, and director of the Family Life Center.

Kent holds a master’s degree in Urban Affairs/Criminology and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, both from Jackson State University. Kent also holds a certificate in Fund Raising Management from Purdue University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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