Our Mission is to serve as a knowledge and resource exchange for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, engaging communities in order to become resilient places that improve health and quality of life for people.


In 2015, GCCDS received funding through Louisiana Public Health Institute to oversee a web-based Healthy Communities Initiative. In April of 2016, after engaging over 40 stakeholders to inform the initiative, the Gulf Coast Community ExCHANGE was launched as a vehicle for collective health impact across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our Founding Steering Committee represents a broad cross-section of the three coastal counties, and is currently working to establish our Key Priorities around 7 topics:

  • Transportation & Land-Use
  • Economic & Workforce Development
  • Housing
  • Food Systems
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Education

To learn more, please contact Tracy Wyman