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Delta Health Alliance receives $900,000 grant from USDA for health projects

Posted on: September 26, 2013

(Stoneville, MS) – Delta Health Alliance is one of fifteen organizations throughout Mississippi to receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  In a town hall meeting in Jackson on Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that DHA would receive $900,000 to strengthen electronic health systems among Delta providers and improve facilities at a certified rural health center located in Washington County.

According to Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, the USDA grant will “improve provider care for Mississippi Delta residents through expanded use of electronic health records and the use of an electronic medical record-based health management program.”  Matthews went on to say that, “Providers will have improved access to a patient’s medical information and can utilize tools to provide quality care and improve health outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.”

The USDA grant will also be used to expand the work of the Leland Medical Clinic, a new project of Delta Health Alliance.  The Leland Clinic is operating as a patient-centered medical home, which means it is addressing the needs of its patients through a team approach focusing on patient’s health, using enhanced technology and chronic disease management.

Matthews thanked USDA, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation, for the grant, “With this additional funding, we will be able to expand our mission to health issues that stand in the way of Delta residents enjoying a quality life.”

Delta Health Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Stoneville, Mississippi, that works to improve the health of the 400,000 men, women, and children who call the Mississippi Delta their home.  To discover more about DHA, please visit www.deltahealthalliance.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.