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Podcast Episode: Tackling disparities from kindergarten up: a Mississippi Governors’ tale. Featuring Ronnie Musgrove.
The circumstances around early childhood development have ramifications throughout a person’s life. Ronnie Musgrove, Governor of Mississippi between 2000 and 2004 discusses his conviction that early intervention is vital to good outcomes across education, health and the local economy. Mr. Musgrove describes his concerns about many divisions in society, such as urban and rural, racial, access to online resources, access to healthcare, and divisions in opportunity. He believes that “when you narrow those divides, you give a better opportunity to children”. He details his experiences along the hard road of bipartisan wrangling which ultimately brought about progress in tackling some of those divides, and he shares his hopes for improving rural healthcare in the future. With Bonnie Simpson Mason.