JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Tougaloo College celebrated the 20th anniversary of the George A. and Ruth B. Owens Health, Wellness and Human Resources Center Wednesday night, with an appearance by the United States Surgeon General.
Vice Admiral Jerome Adams was meeting with mayors around Mississippi about his public education campaign to combat the opioid abuse crisis; saying his effort is in direct alignment with the Tougaloo College Center’s commitment to promoting a healthier Mississippi.
“One of my jobs as Surgeon General is to go around the country and find out where folks are doing it right and for twenty years they’ve been doing it right here at the Owens Center," said Vice Admiral Jerome Adams. “No where in the country are the health statistics as harrowing, but no where are the partnerships as great and that’s what we learned about and what we’re celebrating today.”
The George and Ruth Owens Health, Wellness and Human Resources Center is a one of a kind facility opened in 1998 to uplift impoverished areas, like the Mississippi Delta.