Clinton family foundation set to partner with city

Published 12:10 am Sunday, November 16, 2014

NATCHEZ The City of Natchez will unite with the Clinton family foundation Wednesday with the goal of improving its health by 20 percent by 2020.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Humana Inc. will host a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the bluff, announcing that Natchez and Adams County have been selected to participate in a multi-year health and well-being initiative.

As Natchez and Adams County experience an increase in the number of people suffering from poor health, the initiative will aim to improve the health of the city in the next few years, said in a press release.

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Natchez Mayor Butch Brown said the program is all about community health.

“They are an interesting foundation — the foundation is helping to eliminate the obesity and other health related issues in the city,” Brown said. “It is a long-term initiative.”

Brown said it’s wonderful the foundation took notice of Natchez, which will ultimately lead to better health.

“I think it shows that Natchez is special,” Brown said. “It’s an honor to be included in any initiative to better the heath and well-being of not just one person, but the entire community.”

Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell is eagerly awaiting the initial meeting Wednesday.

“When your health improves, productivity improves,” Grennell said. “It enhances the economy in our community. Companies look at communities who are healthy.”

Grennell said he believes the initiative could bring a variety of changes to the area.

“If the street lights are poor for night walking, that can be something we would improve,” Grennell said. “They may want to enhance recreation, or educate the public in terms of health.”

National Director of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Gillian Sealy, Humana-Mississippi Market Leader Stacey Cater and Humana Medicare Segment Vice President Jeff Fernandez will attend the event.