The Delta Health Alliance

DHA News Coverage

IPC Newsletter, January 2015

In this issue: The Sunflower County Consolidated School District, Family Spotlight, CATCH Kids Club, Teen Talk, Cassandra’s Rules


Happy and healthy

Staff from the Leland Medical Clinic recently met at Planters Bank to prepare for their upcoming health fair. Planters Bank and Trust, in partnership with the Leland Medical Clinic, will provide a health screening from noon to 4 p.m. April 15 at the Planters Bank Leland office. Services will include screening for diabetes and handing out information about obesity and disease prevention educational programs. Those in attendance also have access to a free consultation with a dietician. The services are supported in part through funding provided to Delta Health Alliance by the Merck Foundation and the United Healthcare Foundation. Pictured are Sarah Reese Fincher, from left, Sandra Jordan, Ann Williford, Ellen Durst and Lula Reece.


DDT article J. Ballard-Thompson, registered dietician LMC

GREENVILLE — Mississippi ranks last in the United States on a critical list of unhealthy lifestyles and medical conditions.

The state is at the bottom for sedentary lifestyle, obesity and diabetes. One Delta native is among those working hard to combat that grim reality.

Jameshyia Thompson, of Hollandale, is Delta Health Alliance’s registered dietician and oversees patients at Greenwood Leflore Medical Center and at Leland Medical Center, where her office is. She treated patients at the Good Samaritan Health Center prior to its closing Oct. 31.


Growing Together Network announces 2013 contest winners

(Stoneville, MS) – Fall means harvest time in the Mississippi Delta. Groups of dedicated gardening teams across the Delta are enjoying their harvest bounty by participating in a gardening network contest, including attending workshops on growing sustainable food supplies. – See more at:


Memphis Commercial Appeal Guest Column: Grant holds Promise for Mississippi Delta

Recently, a collaboration of community groups and schools in the Mississippi Delta, known as the Indianola Promise Community, won a Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Over the next five years, the collaborative will invest $30 million in a cradle-to-career pipeline of programs for children and families. The Promise Neighborhood model seeks to leverage all of the resources in a community to improve an array of outcomes such as health, safety, family stability, access to learning technology and increased family engagement in children’s learning.


Indianola Comes Out On Top: Mississippi Municipalities Magazine

Indianola Mayor Steve Rosenthal got a welcome phone call right before Christmas — his city was the recipient of five-year $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It all began four years ago when the city joined with the Delta Health Alliance and local community leaders to establish the Indianola Promise Community.


Sowing Seeds: Construction of Community Garden Underway from the Delta Business Journal e-newsletter

If you take a cruise down Fifth Avenue this week, you may witness the birth of a beautiful new life.

Construction of the DSU Wiley Community Garden will be in progress during Delta State University’s spring break.

The property where the garden will be located was donated to the university by the Wiley family of the late Roy Wiley, who was a professor emeritus at DSU.

The foundation was happy to run with the new Director of Facilities Management Robert Turner’s idea for a community garden as the site’s new purpose.

“It’s hard for me to think of the Delta without considering gardening because we’re out here in this sea of agriculture,” said Turner.

As the old house was demolished and cleared for the garden plot, a team for the project naturally — and rapidly — formed.

Jackson Free Press – DHA Indianola Promise Community Announces RFP for IPC Summer Camps 2013 Funding Opportunity

Purpose: to establish innovative opportunities that support youth vocabulary and reading comprehension enhancement over the summer months, while school is not in session. The goals of the program are to foster vocabulary development, an appreciation for literature, improve reading comprehension skills, reduce dropout rates, and minimize loss of knowledge over the summer. This RFP is specifically looking for programs which utilize innovative, fun, and creative approaches to developing vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.


Delta Health Alliance pushes onward; Delta Democrat Times 2012

GREENVILLE — In September, Delta Health Alliance closed several Delta clinics after the federal government informed DHA officials that the organization would not receive authorization to carry over funds from the previous fiscal year into the 2012-13 fiscal year.