Having worked in the medical records profession for more than 39 years, First Lady Deborah Bryant has a strong passion for the healthcare of all Mississippians. She is involved in a wide variety of healthcare events and initiatives, all with the goal of improving the health of the people of our state, including children, adults, and those with disabilities.
Blair Batson Children's Hospital is a special project for the First Lady. As the state's only children's hospital, Blair Batson treats children from all parts of Mississippi. Mrs. Bryant enjoys visiting with the children at Blair Batson, often dropping in to spend some time with them or bring toys and other items. Mrs. Bryant desires to make the lives of these hurting children better in any way she can, and she supports all the initiatives of the hospital.
Since becoming First Lady, Mrs. Bryant has been involved with the following healthcare initiatives:
- Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 2014 "Women of Excellence" Award recipient and Statewide Walk Chair
- "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness where the Capitol Dome and Governor's Mansion were illuminated in observance of World Autism Awareness Day in 2014
- Susan G. Komen Central Mississippi Race for the Cure, 2012-2013 Honorary Chair
- Mississippi Society for Disabilities "Tis the Season", 2014 Honorary Chair
- Batson Children's Hospital, Ambassador
- University of Mississippi Medical Center Children's Heart Center, Strong Advocate/Supporter
- Governor's Healthy Teenage Pregnancy Task Force
- Governor Bryant's 5k Run in Downtown Jackson