Our Boards in Action: Rick Barr on Improving Children’s Health in Mississippi

Barr221Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Dimensions magazine.

How can children protect their skin from the sun, keep their hearts healthy, and lower their risk of diabetes? Kids learn how to take on all kinds of health challenges at Question It? Discover It!, a Saturday series held at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson. Healthcare professionals ranging from surgeons to dermatologists engage families with fun and educational activities—such as playing Blood Sugar Bingo and creating ultraviolet light–activated bracelets as a reminder to reapply sunscreen—while also raising kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. The series is the brainchild of Rick Barr, chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a board member at the museum. Mississippi’s children face many challenges, including the highest rates of obesity and poverty in the United States. Barr shares how he has helped to bring the hospital and the museum together to help improve children’s health.

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