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Delta Home Visiting Initiative

This is DHA’s comprehensive initiative to directly address our region’s high rates of infant mortality and poor maternal and infant outcomes. We have received funding for this initiative from several sources to provide coverage in Holmes, Humphries, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington counties to more than 700 individuals. The four component programs of this home visiting initiative are Delta Parents-as-Teachers, Delta Healthy Start Collaborative, DHA/USDA Partnership, and DHA/Save the Children Partnership.

The Delta Home Visiting initiative utilizes an evidence-based early childhood home visitation curriculum that builds strong communities, reinforces families and facilitates the development of children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. DHA’s certified parent educator staff members work one-on-one with high-risk parents of children ages zero to five to emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. There are four interrelated components of the model, including personal home visits, group connections, screening, and easy access to a comprehensive resource network.

This DHA program also provides participants with access to other complimentary programs and services for pregnant women and for young adults who may soon start a family. Parent educators, recruited from the communities they serve, receive extensive training and learn to work with and develop a relationship with parents to provide infants and young children with the stability and enriched environment they need to thrive. The key to the program’s success is that the parent educators are from the same community as the families with whom they are working.

A recent study found that 91% of Delta Home Visiting babies are born at full-birth weight, breastfeeding had improved from 24% of participants to 36% in less than a year, and that at ages two, six, and twelve months, close to three-fourths of the children had been rated with having no developmental concerns. Delta Home Visiting also works with local high schools to make sure young parents graduate on time, provides links to GED and job training programs, and access to health and developmental screenings for children.

Delta Healthy Start Collaborative

The Delta Healthy Start Collaborative is a partnership between Delta Health Alliance, area healthcare agencies, social service programs, and parent representatives in Leflore, Holmes, and Humphreys Counties that addresses our region’s high rates of infant mortality and poor maternal and infant outcomes. The Delta Healthy Start Collaboration includes Parents as Teachers, Partners for a Healthy
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Delta Parents as Teachers

These are the goals of the Delta Health Alliance PARENTS AS TEACHERS project. Increasing parent resources Ensuring healthier babies Improving school readiness Trained staff are working in Leflore and Sunflower (Indianola) counties to identify expectant mothers and new parents to join the program. This initiative is designed to serve families who are expecting all the
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Save the Children Partnership

The Delta Health Alliance / Save the Children Partnership provides early childhood education services to expectant mothers and children birth to three years of age in Sunflower County. It also provides education services to their parents, and ongoing staff training to the community early childhood educators involved in this program. The program is designed to
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USDA Healthy Sprouts

This is a specialized outreach program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington County to work with pregnant women to increase their knowledge of child development and parenting best practices.  In addition, this program’s curriculum includes culturally tailored nutrition and physical activity components specifically designed for women who are pregnant.  The project uses
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