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Delta Health Alliance receives HRSA funding for Maternal & Child Health program

The Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a five-year funding grant to Delta Health Alliance to increase maternal and infant outcomes for expectant moms and families in four rural counties through its Delta Healthy Start Collaborative.  The Delta Healthy Start Collaborative, which is part of
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Healthy Babies in the Mississippi Delta

The statistics are sobering: Mississippi’s infant mortality rate remains high at a rate of 9.4 per 1,000 live births, with a rise in unexplained and sleep-related deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental suffocations associated with unsafe sleep environments. The rate of SIDS in Mississippi is 27 percent higher among non-white residents. Losing a
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A Place for Parents in Leland

  In her more than 70 years as a Leland resident, Mary Boteler has witnessed the ebbs and flows of her small Delta community. In that time, she has concluded that success is a partnership that begins and ends with families. “The only way we can make a difference is to start in the homes,”
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Fatherhood, Basketball, and Men’s Health in the Delta

“Fathers are such an important piece of the fabric that makes up a healthy family system.” That’s Tracy Mims, and he’s recruiting men to join a special fatherhood initiative of Delta Health Alliance. Last month, he held a men’s health fair on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University, which included screenings for blood pressure,
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Feed the Future by Karen Matthews

Our Feed the Future program was developed from a direct need at two local public schools in the Bolivar and Coahoma Counties. Elementary students were showing noticeable challenges in attentiveness, academics and attendance at the beginning of each week. What we found were many children were struggling with a lack of access to quality foods over the weekend, when the federal breakfast and lunch
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Maternal and Family Outreach Project by Karen Matthews

Our Maternal and Family Outreach project in Sunflower and Leflore Counties is reducing premature births and low birth weight deliveries.  We have full-time educators on the ground in these counties working with at-risk mothers to provide rigorous training on services, nutrition, immunizations, proper discipline, and a variety of other issues relating to maternal, infant and child health. The mothers
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More Kid Activities by Karen Matthews

Earlier this week I suggested some kid friendly activities that will help your child developmentally.  Here are some other ideas: See a firehouse. There is a firehouse museum in Greenville, but most communities allow tours of the local fire house. Visit a community garden. Delta Health alliance supports community gardens in most of the counties in the
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Summer Activities With Your Child by Karen Matthews

This week, I want to list ten things you could do with your child or children this summer.  Today I’ll start with four, then do three on Wednesday and the final three on Friday.  In addition to being fun, doing these kinds of activities is important from a developmental perspective.  One of the difficulties children have in
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Toddler Child Development by Karen Matthews

This is the last of this week’s post about tips for your toddler’s development. This is when the brain is really developing those areas that have to do with speech and symbols. Your child is curious about words and is beginning to put together longer sentences. I bet your toddler has favorite stories he or
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Toddler Child Development: Part II by Karen Matthews

Continuing with our series this week on child development tips for your two year old.  What we know from the latest brain research is that this is the time your toddler begins to get curious about what words and symbols mean. Your child’s curiosity about letters and numbers should be encouraged —  sing alphabet songs,
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