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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: http://www.deltahealthalliance.org/pressmedia/2013-growing-together-network-announces-contest-winners/#sthash.mUBIQxAC.dpuf

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Delta Rising

New York Times article on the Delta Health Alliance’s church and community gardens projects an how they are bringing healthy change to Deltans.

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Getting Healthy in America – People Magazine Article

In the country’s fattest state, Lady Jackson fights to get in shape – and motivates others to join the movement. Her hometown of Jonestown falls in to the food desert category since she lives 12 miles away from the nearest grocery store.

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