Ripples of Hope in the Mississippi Delta

Charting the Health Equity Policy Agenda

By David K. Jones, Edited by Debra Bingham, Nicole Huberfeld, Sarah H. Gordon

Ripples of Hope in the Mississippi Delta

Approx. 336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, 8 maps, 2 graphs

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-8109-2
    Published: December 2024
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-8108-5
    Published: December 2024

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The late David K. Jones spent four years visiting the Mississippi Delta conducting primary research with residents and local leaders to explore the connections between race, place, and health. He weaves their insights with data analysis to show how local, state, and national policies and structures, whether intentional or not, constrain or expand the daily choices of individuals that affect health. In order to remedy the complex problem of health disparities, Jones argues that a new approach to creating health equity policy is needed. Through firsthand narratives, Jones elevates the voices of people living and working in the Delta to guide the discovery of which community-led "ripples of hope" efforts have already been effective and should be nourished and what policy changes are still needed to support healthy lives.

In this mix of photovoice, policy, and social science, Jones offers a roadmap for creating a community-led, goal-based, deficit and asset approach to charting a health policy agenda to health equity in the Delta and beyond.

About the Authors

David K. Jones was an associate professor of health law, policy, and management at Boston University School of Public Health and the author of Exchange Politics: Opposing Obamacare in Battleground States.
For more information about David K. Jones, visit the Author Page.

Debra Bingham is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, LLC.
For more information about Debra Bingham, visit the Author Page.

Nicole Huberfeld is Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Law and Boston University School of Public Health.
For more information about Nicole Huberfeld, visit the Author Page.

Sarah H. Gordon is assistant professor of health law, policy, and management at the Boston University School of Public Health.
For more information about Sarah H. Gordon, visit the Author Page.


"Jones's book fills a glaring gap in health services research on place-based inequities. By drawing upon and synthesizing methodologies from a myriad of disciplines, Jones makes clear how equitable access to healthcare is insufficient for addressing population health inequities."—Arrianna Marie Planey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill