Oak Hill Regional Community Development Corporation
(As of December 1, 2021)
Since its formal incorporation in 2002, Oak Hill Regional Community Development Corporation (Oak Hill) had established itself as a champion of faith-based health and wellness mobilization. Almost immediately, Oak Hill launched a regional outreach ministry - Mid-South Churches Cooperative Conference (Mid-South Churches). It was formed in response to Oak Hill’s ever-expanding health and wellness ministries. Mid-South Churches began as an informal network of pastors committed to Christian education, health and wellness, and economic development. (Today, Mid-South Churches is an independent Baptist state convention affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated.)
In Spring 2013, Oak Hill leveraged MSCCC’s regional network of churches and community organizations in applying for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding opportunity. Although novices at applying for federal funding, in August 2013, HHS awarded Oak Hill $317,742 in grant funding. The grant called for Oak Hill to conduct outreach, education, and enrollment in support of the ACA.
From the start, Oak Hill viewed this an opportunity for state-wide collaboration. So, in Fall 2013,
Oak Hill launched the Get Covered Mississippi! (GCMS) statewide collaborative. Annually, since 2013,
GCMS has coordinated the activities of 10 regions across the state with an average of 20 walk in locations
and nearly 60 certified Navigators. That work has resulted in thousands of Mississippians enrolling in health
insurance and/or find a medical home.
The specific purpose of Oak Hill, outlined in its bylaws, is to bring residents and stakeholders
together, serve as a community resource, and promote a progression of the residents of the Mid-South
Region. Oak Hill will accomplish this purpose through but not limited to
a) Strategic planning
b) Community economic development;
c) Career training and entrepreneurial development;
d) Maintenance and reinvestment activities;
e) Community revitalization; and
f) Provision of decent housing that is affordable to low income and moderate-income persons
On July 1, 2019, HHS awarded Oak Hill $499,594 under HHS’ Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and
Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Grant. That award led to the launch of Healthy Kids Mississippi! This
coalition is dedicated to outreach, education, and enrollment for families in the Medicaid and Children’s
Health Insurance Programs. To-date, Oak Hill has received nearly $6 million in funding over the last eight
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