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Press Yearly Archives: 2011

More Nurses for the Mississippi Delta

(Stoneville, MS) – Delta State University’s nursing program is booming and providing welcome relief to hospitals and clinics across the Delta in need of these skilled professionals. One reason for the recent success of the DSU Robert E. Smith School of Nursing is the partnership it formed with the Delta Health Alliance. Lizabeth Carlson, DSU Nursing Dean, explains, “With critical funding from Delta Health Alliance over the last five years, we have been able to offer scholarships to students, increase our faculty positions, and purchase the best lab equipment available. More than 315 nurses have graduated from our program since our partnership was formed.”

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy & DHA

(Stoneville, MS) – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) are partners in an ambitious project to reshape the way patients interact with their pharmacists. The Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project (Delta Pharmacy Project) focuses on residents in the medically underserved Mississippi Delta who suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. The goal is to improve the health of these patients by helping them learn more about their specific diseases and the drugs they are taking to treat those diseases. The program, along with the School’s other community-based projects in the Mississippi Delta, recently received recognition from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy with the 2011-12 AACP Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award.

Healthcare Providers with Tech upgrades

(Stoneville, MS) Delta Health Alliance has been awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant of $300,000 to assist rural healthcare providers with installing and maintaining electronic health record systems. According to Karen Fox, CEO of Delta Health Alliance, “As a result of this grant, healthcare providers will be able to provide better care for their patients. Electronic health records in medical clinics make it easier to track medication, follow patient tests, and facilitate patient involvement in the treatment process.”

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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Coahoma County Higher Education Center Pushes Education and Opportunity with Innovative Programs

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) held its summer celebration and open house last week highlighting their health education program called 1-2-3 For a Healthier Me! The pilot program started in early June after the CCHEC was notified by the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) that they had been awarded $19,400 to fund the program. The goal of the innovative program is to assist local participants with diabetes management by encouraging them to incorporate healthy food choices and physical activity into their lives. Jen Waller, Director of the CCHEC, says that this is the first program to be funded and to take off at the Center since she came on board in November, but she hopes there will be many more like it.

WXVT News Report on Project HOPE and Governor Barbour tour

WXVT of Greenville, MS news report about the Project HOPE and Governor Haley Barbour visit with the Delta Health Alliance to tour the progress of the improvements to the health of the Mississippi Delta citizens. The tour also sought other opportunities to help contribute to further assistance of the Delta citizens. Dr. Karen Fox explains more in this interview.

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BEACON 1st Anniversary

17 Beacon Communities, from Maine to Hawaii, are celebrating their first anniversary. So much progress has been made and yet so much more will be made in the future.

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DHA awards $400,000 for Indianola Summer Camps

(Stoneville, MS) The Delta Health Alliance is pleased to announce the awarding of nearly $400,000 in funding for summer camps through its Indianola Promise Community Program. “We are committed to the children of Indianola,” states Karen Fox, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “and, opportunities offered through the summer camps will help each realize their promise to a better, healthier future.”