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Mammography Screening Comes to Leland

Betty Jackson understands that distance and good health are inextricably linked in the Mississippi Delta. That’s why a new mammography program at the Leland Medical Clinic is so important. “That’s a ‘plus’ location,” said Betty, 65, a retired administrative assistant for the Leland School District. “Normally I’d have to go to Greenville for a screening,
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Deer Creek 2018 Summer Camps

Summer camps are now being offered to students of the Leland and Hollandale school districts by the Deer Creek Promise Community. As Caleb Herod, who oversees the summer camps, said, “We don’t want this to just be an extension of the school year. We want them to experience the things they may not get in
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Realizing Dreams in the Delta

Sometimes, a single mom with a fulltime job and an energetic young son needs a pep talk to help her realize her dreams. “It can all become so overwhelming and you just want to give up, but they wouldn’t let me,” recalled Tracee Townsend. “They talked to me and encouraged me and helped me to
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Taking Ownership of Your Future in the Delta

Myeisha Smith has learned that every action she takes is the result of a choice, and now she’s all about making sure her choices are good ones. “I want to make the best decisions I can while I’m in high school so I can get to college and live my dreams,” said Myeisha, 16, a
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Helping Delta Students Obtain a College Degree

Ayanna Harris wants to be prepared for life’s emergencies. She wants to graduate from college with as little debt as possible. And she wants to be financially responsible in all that she undertakes. Call it a DREAM scenario. “What I’ve learned is that saving money is really, really, really important if you want to advance
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Ensuring Healthy Babies in the Delta

Sophia Young wants to be more than a number. And when it comes to pregnancy, she knows that some numbers can be life altering. In March 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 10 percent of pregnant women who gave birth in Mississippi in 2016 smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, which was about
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Getting Healthy in the Mississippi Delta

Rosalie Womack isn’t big on chairs. At 79, she finds herself in motion, lifting weights and participating in aerobic exercises. And with a little more encouragement, she might just start doing some yoga. “You can’t just sit all day long,” said Rosalie, a retired IT manager and comptroller for a company in Greenville. “I look
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Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the Delta

Jesse James Henderson will be racing to win for the next four years, and he doesn’t plan to let a lapse in judgment slow him down. Henderson is part of a new program in the Mississippi Delta aimed at reducing teen pregnancy. Called Delta Futures, the program is helping to meet the unique challenges of
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Training Workers in Sunflower County

Workforce training is much more than classes, instruction, and learning the nuts and bolts of a prospective job. No one knows that better than Todd Donald. “Maybe a student needs a place to live, assistance with housing. Or maybe that student needs to be able to put food on the table while going to classes.
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Girl Scouts Celebrate Christmas in Indianola

For every gift she gave to an elderly resident this holiday season, Savannah Nissen received a hug in return. And that’s just the way she liked it. “It’s fun and I’m learning to help older people,” said the 7-year-old Girl Scout. “They wrap their arms around us and tell us ‘thank you’ and that makes
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