The Delta Health Alliance

March 2011 Newsletter

Posted on: March 21, 2011

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Volume 4
March 2011

As Spring approaches, Delta Health Alliance is seeing much growth and results with our programs.  We are always searching for solutions to the lack of access to health care and education for the residents of the Mississippi Delta. Please enjoy reading about some new opportunities for DHA.


Karen C. Fox, PhD
President & CEO
Project HOPE
Funding new projects
Body and Soul
Project HOPE visits Mississippi
Making a difference!

The Project HOPE team, led by president and CEO of Project HOPE, John P. Howe, III, MD, toured the Mississippi Delta with leaders from Delta Health Alliance to see first-hand the change DHA is making in health care and education. During the tour, Governor Haley Barbour and Lt. Governor Phil Bryant each met with the Project HOPE and DHA staff, lead by Karen Fox, President and CEO, to pledge support for the efforts each organization.

Project Hope
President and CEO of Project HOPE, John P. Howe, III, Chip Morgan, Delta Council, Dr. Bobby Dale, DHA Chief Medical Officer observe the DHA VISICU project at University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The group saw how DHA is using cutting edge technology to increase access to healthcare through telemedicine programs and through state-of-the-art training equipment utilized by nursing students. The Project Hope group also observed the challenges other programs face because of the lack of equipment, personnel, and training for health care provider.

Project HOPE is no stranger to Mississippi. After Hurricane Katrina, Project HOPE came to the Magnolia state’s aid by constructing a fully operational primary care center with medical equipment, furniture, and supplies, along with donated pharmaceutical supplies for patient use.

Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe and the organization is committed to long-term sustainable health care. Part of Project HOPE’s work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health facilities, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help.

Through Project HOPE’s dedication to bring resources to areas lacking in access to care, a future collaboration with Delta Health Alliance will help Delta residents.

News of upcoming developments of this collaborative effort will be highlighted in future issues of our e-news editions and found on the website.


DHA is funding new projects throughout the Delta

(Stoneville, MS) – Delta Health Alliance (DHA) has awarded grants to six Delta organizations bringing health education and services to residents of all ages in seven Delta counties. The projects are:

  • The SMART (Self-Management, Motivating, Awareness, Reducing, Training Cardio Vascular Disease) project is awarded $30,000 to fund a program that will target women ages 40 – 64 in Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington counties. The mission of the project is to target fifty women at-risk for chronic disease risk factor screening, and to provide cardio vascular disease education awareness. DHA is partnering with Delta State University Center for Community & Economic Development for the project.
  • The Pink Promise Project, through a partnership with Delta Cotton Belles, LLC (DCB) of Washington County, will help more than 150 working uninsured women from Bolivar and Washington counties receive mammograms for breast cancer screening. The Pink Promise Project will also provide breast health education, and become a support system for women who are fighting breast cancer. DHA will provide $30,000 in funding for the DCB Pink Promise Project.
  • Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation will receive $12,423 for a tobacco cessation project focusing on nearly 4,000 fourth and fifth graders in Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, and Tunica counties.The efforts of the project, Tar Wars, will bring tobacco products prevention education in twenty-four Delta schools.
  • In an effort to address the nursing shortage in the Delta, DHA and Coahoma Community College Delta Rural Health Care Partnership will offer a Health Professionals in Nursing Summer Enrichment Project to 25 ninth grade students in five Delta counties – Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Tallahatchie, and Tunica. This summer project will receive $27,660 to enable high school students interested in a career in nursing to receive classroom exposure and hands-on experience.
  • The fifth project receiving funding from DHA will help residents in four Quitman county towns – Crenshaw, Darling, Marks, and Lambert – gain access to fresh foods. The Get Healthy Quitman County Project, through a partnership with DHA and Quitman County Development Organization, is a high-yield growing project for local growers through the use of hoop houses for growing vegetable crops. Through this project, over 300 adults and children will have access to fresh vegetables and participate in educational workshops on healthy eating and active lifestyles. DHA will provide $29,900 in funding to the Get Health Quitman County Project.
  • The Healthy U…A Gourmet Academy for Delta Youth project is a 6-weeks culinary arts workshop and study tour program serving forty youth in Sunflower County. Students will make healthy versions of Southern cuisine, study the cultural and culinary contributions made by previous generations, and participate in lectures and demonstrations. This program through Khafre, Inc. of Indianola will meet on Saturdays in historic downtown Indianola.

The mission of Delta Health Alliance is to improve the health of the men, women, and children who make the Mississippi Delta their home. To learn about all of DHA’s projects, go to



Body and Soul changing lives!
Through its Delta Body and Soul program, a partnership between the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Mississippi Valley State University, and Delta churches, the Delta Health Alliance has established a nutrition and physical activity intervention that is helping to improve the eating and activity habits of the Delta people in order to combat hypertension, diabetes, and obesity rampant within the region.  

Screenings are provided at Body and Soul events

Recently, a Body and Soul Finale Event held at the United Baptist Church in Cleveland on February 18th and 19th.  Participants at the event were enthusiastic about the health education they have received from the program – “I am especially grateful for the training on (nutrition) label reading, ingredients to avoid in foods, and how important whole grains are in your diet”, stated Annie Wince of Cleveland. Another United Baptist Church congregation member, Lois Rash, is very appreciative of the monthly meetings and informative newsletters.  Mrs. Rash shared that the congregational participants are healthier and more physically active thanks to the Body and Soul program.

Health ScreeningThe Body and Soul program has four pillars of hope and help (adapted from the National Cancer Institute Body and Soul program) are:

(1) Pastoral leadership

(2) Educational activities

(3) Healthy church environment

(4) peer counseling from trained church members




Save the Date!

Delta Community Health Worker Project “Faith & Community Health Advisor Conference”

Keynote speakers: Linda Fondren of Shape-Up Vicksburg & Rev. Herron Wilson

Small group & panel discussions

Informational Health Topics


April 16, 2011 – Greenville Higher Education Center

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The Body and Soul Project will be holding a finale event at Higher Heights Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor by Garry L. Perryman) in Moorhead, MS on April 7 & 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Juke Joint Festival April 14-17

Delta Health Alliance is a proud sponsor of the Juke Joint Festival 5k & 8k RUN!



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