The Delta Health Alliance

Program Successes

Indianola Promise Community

  • Since 2013, the number of students ready to enter kindergarten has doubled.
  • In 2017, kindergarteners were 3 times more likely to be ready for school than kindergarteners four years ago.
  • In 2017, at-risk third graders were almost five times more likely to pass the state’s third-grade reading gate assessment on their first attempt than in 2015.
  • During the 2016-2017 school year, Indianola had a record number of first and second graders testing above the national norm.
  • 480 students, from kindergarten to 12th grade, attended ten different camps in 2017, featuring reading development, math enrichment, and college readiness.
  • IPC Summer Camps reduce summer learning loss and give those participating students an advantage in the ensuing academic years, leading to long-term educational improvements.
  • Rising kindergarten students who participate in the annual Promise School each summer develop an advantage in reading that lasts well into the elementary grades.
  • For every dollar invested in making sure students are kindergarten ready and read at grade level by the 3rd grade, there is a return of $6.08 in both improved job opportunities and reduced need for other public services.
  • Since the beginning of the Promise Community in Indianola, more than $70 million in projected benefits have been generated.


Leland Medical Clinic

  • Provided clinical services to more than 4,500 patients from July 2016 to July 2017.
  • Over the last 12 months expanded services to include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, digital x-rays, mammograms, parent counseling, and behavioral therapy.
  • Provided behavioral therapy and allied health services to more than 1,600 patients from July 2016 to July 2017.
  • Patients controlling their diabetes and blood pressure has more than tripled in the last year.
  • Fully certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Model clinic.


Health Information Technology

  • Currently serving more than 454,000 patients across the state, an increase of 255% over the last two years.
  • Our system connects patients to 122 health care providers in 54 locations.
  • Pre-diabetic patients enrolled in a special program that connects electronic health records with healthcare coaches lose more weight and have better cholesterol and blood glucose results, showing they are improving their chances of not progressing to diabetes.
  • The program helps eligible pre-diabetic patients avoid becoming diabetic through lifestyle changes and early interventions. For each patient who does not progress to diabetes, the state Medicaid program saves $7,900 annually and a patient’s long-term health is greatly enhanced.


Imagination Library

  • Currently providing free books to more than 3,000 children in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington Counties.
  • A participating child in the program is twice as likely to be kindergarten ready in reading and two and a half times as likely to be kindergarten ready in math.
  • The 2017 enrollment represents an increase of nearly 1,700 children since 2013, or a growth of 120%.
  • Sunflower County Early Head Start
  • Spent more than $1.5 million renovating and expanding six early education centers in Drew, Indianola, and Moorhead.
  • Increased the number of nationally certified child care staff from 13 to 50.
  • Currently serving 200 children, age 0-3 years old, an increase of 51% since 2015.
  • Assessments of children over the course of the 2016-2017 school year indicated gains in key areas of development from 39 to 45 percent.


Delta Home Visiting Initiative

  • Preventing 100 premature births would save the state’s Medicaid program more than $4.6 million and improve a child’s long-term development.
  • During 2017, parent educators met with 983 individuals and families.
  • Almost 90% of children in participating families in Indianola are meeting age-appropriate development benchmarks, a figure higher than the national average.
  • Participants in the Leflore County home visiting initiative were 32 percent less likely to have low birth-weight babies and premature births.