The Delta Health Alliance

TEAM Sugar Free

Regional Partners: BLUES Beacon Community, Delta State University/Delta Health Education Center, Mississippi State Department of Health, Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute

Community Partners: Community Health Coalition of Byhalia, Fannie Lou Hammer Cancer Foundation, Tate County Health Coalition, Washington County Diabetes Council

The purpose of the Training, Education, Access, and Management for a Life that is Sugar Free (TEAM Sugar Free) program is to improve the health of people with diabetes in the Mississippi Delta and North Mississippi. The TEAM Sugar Free program is a collaboration between regional and community partners working together to combat diabetes in our target area.

Community Based Education and Outreach

Diabetes U
Lead Agency: Delta Health Alliance
Specific Service Area: Bolivar, Leflore, Panola, Sunflower, Tunica, and Washington counties

Do you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes? If so, Diabetes U is the class for you! Taught by our TEAM Sugar Free nurse educators, Diabetes U is designed to give you the tools needed to manage your diabetes or prevent it from happening. Classes are taught on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care. Diabetes U is FREE and open to the public. To learn more about Diabetes U classes, including the date, time, location, and to register to attend, please call the TEAM Helpline at 1-877-850-9312 (local call, toll free).

Community Education and Outreach
Lead Agency: Mississippi Delta Area Education Center/Delta State University School of Nursing
Specific Service Area: Bolivar, Leflore, and Washington Counties

The Mississippi Delta AHEC utilizes the TEAM Sugar Free initiative as an opportunity to establish new diabetes education programs for children while drawing nursing students from DSU into the delivery of community-based education. This program is designed to accomplish these goals:

  1. Enhance the sense of community among rising nursing students;
  2. Train nursing students in diabetes self-management; and
  3. Strengthen their own bonds to the neighborhoods they will one day serve.

Over the past 12 months, a total of 439 people were served in the form of health fairs, seminars, and workshops.

Networking Award Program
Lead Agency: Delta Health Alliance/TEAM Sugar Free
Specific Service Area: Leflore, Marshall, Tate, and Washington Counties

In 2011, TEAM Sugar Free awarded 5 communities to receive a small grant to promote pre-existing diabetes programs. The Networking Award Program allowed rural communities the opportunity to expand their Diabetes program and reach more people who are either at risk or have diabetes. Each program that benefited from our funding joined TEAM Sugar Free as community partners. A total of 1,675 people benefited from services provided by these partners:

  • Community Health Coalition of Byhalia
    Byhalia, Marshall County
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation
    Greenwood, Leflore County
  • Tate County Health Coalition
    Senatobia, Tate County
  • Washington County Diabetes Council
    Greenville, Washington County

Obesity/Diabetes Prevention Program
Lead Agency: Mississippi State Department of Health, Districts I and III
Specific Service Area: Leflore and Sunflower Counties

The Obesity/Diabetes Prevention program is offered in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health to at risk females in the service area. The program also provides educational programs to health department staff, which recognizes that in order to help others fight obesity and diabetes, you must first help yourself. In 2010, Mississippi was named the most obese state in the Unites States of America, according to a report from the Trust for America Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, TEAM Sugar Free in partnership with the Health Department, works to address these two conditions in a collective effort to promote change. In 2011, a total of 377 people were served by this program in the form of health fairs and preventive education classes.

Clinical Diabetes Education and Care

ADA Certified Diabetes Education
Lead Agency: Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center- Clarksdale, MS
Specific Service Area: Coahoma County and surrounding areas

The Diabetes and Metabolism Clinic at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center offers a three-way approach to the treatment of diabetes:

  1. Diet
  2. Education, and
  3. Medication Management

The Diabetes and Metabolism Clinic provides evidence-based, ADA certified diabetes education, medication monitoring, and follow-up to diabetes patients. This is offered to underinsured and uninsured patients. Patients are accepted by physician referral only. The clinic also provides trainings for hospital staff. In 2010, TEAM Sugar Free funding went toward a new wellness center called Getting 2 Great Fitness Center for patients. During the last fiscal year, a total of 1,391 people received services provided by the clinic. Also during this time, participants receiving diabetes education saw an overall reduction in their HgA1c levels.

Medication Therapy Management
Lead Agency: The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy- Jackson, MS
Specific Service Area: Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Leflore, Panola, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, and Yazoo counties

The goal of the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management program is to help Delta residents better understand and use medications needed to treat their diabetes. It is designed to help patients get the best results from their medications. Program staff provides training to rural pharmacists as well as technical support.

Below is a list of pharmacies/clinics receiving services from this program:

  • Indianola Family Medical Group- Indianola
  • City Drug Store- Hollandale
  • Funderburks Pharmacy- Hernando
  • Medicine Shoppe- Olive Branch
  • Henderson Health Mart- Clarksdale
  • Medicap Pharmacy- Clarksdale
  • Viking Corporation- Greenwood
  • Howell and Heggie- Durant
  • Webb’s Pharmacy- Yazoo City
  • GA Carmichael- Yazoo City
  • Southern Discount Drugs- Charleston
  • G&P Pharmacy- Belzoni
  • Gorton Clinic- Belzoni
  • Fred’s Pharmacy- Batesville
  • Kroger Pharmacy- Batesville
  • Medicap Pharmacy- Batesville
  • Village Pharmacy- Rolling Fork

Personal Care Management
Lead Agency: Delta Health Alliance
Specific Service Area: Bolivar, Leflore, Panola, Sunflower, Tunica, and Washington counties

TEAM Sugar Free now provides Personal Care Management to high-risk Diabetes patients with an HgA1c of 9 or above. Using a custom patient tracking software developed by EQ Health, TEAM Nurse Educators will provide case management over the telephone to participants. Patients can be referred to this program by the BLUES Beacon Community project, Diabetes U classes, and other partners and healthcare providers. For more information, please call our TEAM Helpline at 1-877-850-9312.

Eye Screening Program
Lead Agency: University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute
Specific Service Area: Coahoma, Panola, Sunflower, Tunica, and Washington counties

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. To provide early detection and prevention of the progression of DR, we provide an Eye Camera program in participating clinics across our service area. The purpose of this program is to diagnose, manage, and refer patients with diabetic retinopathy.

This service is offered through a partnership with Hubble Telemedical, federally qualified health centers working with TEAM Sugar Free, and a retina specialist at the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute. This program is for patients who are at risk for diabetes or have diabetes. Patients not only get their eyes screened for the disease, but also receive one-on-one diabetes education. Images are sent to staff at the University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute for review in real-time. Reports of the images are sent to the physician of the patient and then the patient is referred to an eye doctor for further care if needed.

Currently, there are six cameras placed throughout the TEAM Sugar Free service area. Below is a list of our eye camera locations. To schedule an appointment to get your eyes screened, please contact one of these clinics nearest you:

Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center (3 locations)
216 Highway 51
Batesville, MS 38606
(662) 563-1858

800 Ohio Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-2504

1820 Peabody Avenue
Tunica, MS 38676
(662) 363-3656

Indianola Family Medical Group
122 East Baker Street
Indianola, MS 38751
(662) 887-2212

Sunflower Clinic
840 North Oak Avenue
Ruleville, MS 38771
(662) 756-1702

The Greenville Clinic
1502 South Colorado Street
Greenville, MS 38701
(662) 332-9872

Clinician Training and other Clinic Services

Provider Training
Lead Agency: Mississippi Delta Area Education Center/Delta State University School of Nursing
Specific Service Area: Bolivar, Leflore, and Washington Counties

Provider trainings are offered to clinicians in Delta area hospitals in targeted counties. Two-Day workshops are taught by Shelby Polk, DNP on the ADA Standards of Care. These workshops focus on best hospital practices in Diabetes care. The goal of this program is to reduce readmissions to emergency rooms for Diabetes treatments by 10%.

Innovation Project
Lead Agency: Delta Health Alliance/TEAM Sugar Free
Specific Service Area: Mississippi Delta counties

The Innovation Project is a new initiative in partnership with the BLUES Beacon Community. The goal of this project is to develop an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for TEAM Sugar Free partners to:

  1. Document patient care
  2. Track patient compliance with education, referrals, and medical treatment, and
  3. Monitor the improvement of A1C measures of Diabetic patients receiving TEAM services.


For more information on the TEAM Sugar Free program, please call our TEAM Helpline at 1-877-850-9312.