Promise Neighborhood Extension
Based on the outcomes of the Indianola Promise Community, implemented nearly five years ago, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Delta Health Alliance a $6,000,000 extension grant to continue the initiative in Sunflower County. Programs including SPARK, Parents as Teachers, Imagination Library, Literacy Fellows, LINKS, and Summer Camps will be funded from the extended funds.
Mobile Medical Clinic
Acting as an extension of the Leland Medical Clinic, the Mobile Medical Clinic is staffed with a Licensed Nurse and/or Nurse Practioner, and includes all supplies needed to provide services related to wellness check-ups, annual physicals, and urgent care. The mobile clinic will be used by communities, companies, and other medical providers to bring health care right to those who need it most.
Healthy Babies Collaborative
To help reduce costs and improve patient care, the Division of Medicaid teamed up with Delta Health Alliance and Cerner to manage a pilot project aimed at reducing diabetes and preterm births. More than 14% of Mississippi’s population is diabetic, and for every patient who does not progress to diabetes, the program would save $7,900 annually. For every pre-term birth avoided, the program would save $55,000. The pilot project covers 10 counties in the Delta and combines sophisticated health technology with trained case workers on the ground providing one-on-one patient care.
Delta Health Alliance received $600,000 in funding over three years to provide new services and programs for people who live in rural communities and who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse addiction. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Health Services & Resource Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy. The new program provides community-based services to help treat and manage alcohol addiction and substance abuse. Most of the participants are expected to come as referrals from the Sunflower County and Washington County court systems.
Thanks to two new grants, Delta Health Alliance’s school and community garden program is expanding. With $8,000 in funding from Monsanto and $34,961 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more children will get hands-on experiences with gardening and learning about healthy eating. Funding from Monsanto in Hollandale will be used to install, build, and develop a school garden site located at Sanders Elementary School in Hollandale. Once in place, the garden infrastructure will provide an exciting and interactive outdoor learning space.
The Agriculture Department grant will be used to provide resources to groups throughout the Delta who want to establish school garden-related activities and other projects that support farm-to-school networks and gardening education efforts
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over 40 have an annual mammogram, and those women at high risk should have a mammogram and MRI every year, beginning at age 30. The Leland Medical Clinic now has the latest equipment to provide digital mammograms. Full-field digital mammography is a mammography system in which the X-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert X-rays into electrical signals. A digital mammogram allows abnormalities to be seen more easily by radiologists.
Teen Prevention Pregnancy
Delta Health Alliance was awarded a two-year $750,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to implement a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program in the Delta counties of Bolivar, Coahoma, Humphreys, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington. The partners include Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Coahoma Community College, and Mississippi Delta Community College. Additional partners include the A Step Ahead, Capps Center in Indianola and local non-profit agencies offering GED programs.
Sesame Street in Communities
Delta Health Alliance now partners with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, to bring the Sesame Street in Communities(SSIC) initiative to young children and families in the Mississippi Delta with a focus on Leland and Indianola, MS. Sesame Street in Communities is a nationwide initiative to support parents, caregivers, and community providers in their efforts to give all children, especially the most vulnerable, a strong and healthy start. Sesame Street in Communities selected the Delta because of the community’s existing collaborative efforts to improve children’s health and wellbeing, spearheaded by Delta Health Alliance and its approach to improving health outcomes through education, health and home visiting programs for children starting at birth. This partnership is the only rural initiative by Sesame Workshop.
Phil Hardin Foundation Partnership
Delta Health Alliance was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation to implement programs in the Ruleville elementary school to ensure incoming students are academically ready for kindergarten and to provide third grade students with the support they need to pass the third grade reading test. The grant will cover the 2019-2020 school year in Ruleville. The Phil Hardin grant will support a kindergarten entry “boot camp”, called Promise School, where students learn skills that they will be assessed on, as well as skills to enable them to learn successfully in a classroom setting. The grant will also fund a group of special classroom teachers, called “Literacy Fellows,” to work directly with third grade students to help improve their reading skills.