State Representative Stacey Wilkes, District 108, was recently recognized by the Mississippi Rural Health Association as the recipient of its One Rural Award before an audience of more than 180 healthcare professionals at its 22nd Annual Conference in Jackson. Wilkes earned this award due to her consistent support of healthcare legislation, particularly due to her support of policy that would support hospitals like Poplarville’s Pearl River County Hospital.
Ryan Kelly, executive director of the Mississippi Rural Health Association states, “Rep. Wilkes has worked both personally and professionally to support healthcare in Mississippi. Coming from a rural community, she fully understands the challenges that we face with delivering quality healthcare to a unique population under less than favorable economic conditions. Her dedication to making positive improvements while bringing all stakeholders to the table make her the ideal candidate for this prestigious award.”
State Senator Angela Hill, District 40, introduced Wilkes for her award with remarks including her personal and professional relationship with Wilkes as well as the need for those elected office that share the heart and values that we all have for our communities.
Rep. Wilkes won a special election in 2017 to fill the recently vacant House seat previously held by Mark Formby, who was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to a state position. Wilkes, a native of Pearl River County, is married to Rodney Wilkes and resides in Picayune.