Ronda Gooden

Ronda is Associate State Director for Communications at AARP Mississippi.
AARP Community Challenge Grant
Today, AARP Mississippi announced four organizations throughout the state will receive 2022 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.
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Mississippi’s more than 200,000 military veterans and active-duty service members are at risk of being targeted by scammers. AARP recently launched the AARP Veterans Fraud Center, a new online education and resource center to help protect veterans, service members and their families against fraud.
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AARP Mississippi will present a virtual event about “Aging and Mental Health” at 11 a.m. on May 11, 2022. Even before the pandemic, many older people felt the impact of social isolation. Many of us have learned that we all struggle during challenging times. This event is being offered in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.
AARP Fraud Watch Network Events
In the month of April, AARP Mississippi has planned events to help Mississippians protect themselves from fraud and scams. Check them out!
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AARP Mississippi observes Women’s History Month by presenting a virtual discussion about women’s health at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 25. Leading experts will address a variety of women's health issues experienced through all life stages. This one-hour conversation has been carefully designed to acknowledge the ongoing research on women's aging, physical health and mental health.
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All crimes that seek to steal money or sensitive information through deception are loathsome. But perhaps the most pernicious involves crimes of the heart. Online romance fraud is rampant and growing according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and it isn’t just dating sites where these criminals lurk.
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Voters Surveyed Want Tax Dollars Brought Back to the State to Expand Medicaid Health Care
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(Jackson, MS) – AARP launched a new tool to bring together valuable information and resources to help veterans, military families and their caregivers navigate their health care options. The Veterans and Military Families Health Benefits Navigator provides Mississippi’s veterans with critical information about what is required to qualify for health care benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or Department of Defense (DoD).
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Yolanda Ratcliff of Jackson has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2021 AARP Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. 
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