Delta Health Alliance receives $750,000 grant to reduce teen pregnancy across the Mississippi Delta
Delta Health Alliance has been 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.
According to Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, this new grant has two features that make it unique: “First, we are recruiting and training young adults who live in the area to serve as teachers for this program. These teachers will be talking with their peers about pregnancy prevention and preconception health. Second, we are partnering with a lot of non-traditional organizations to reach young people who are no longer in a formal classroom.”
The partners include Delta State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Coahoma Community College, and Mississippi Delta Community College. Additional partners include the Capps Center in Indianola and local non-profit agencies offering GED programs.
According to Matthews, the program trains young adults living in the area to serve as peer educators with an evidence-based curriculum of targeted health messages. Because fifty percent of pregnancies are unplanned, this program focuses on helping young adults become aware of strategies relating to planning their futures as they relate to pregnancy and families.
All materials being used in the program are medically appropriate, age appropriate, culturally relevant, and inclusive to all youth and young adults. “We are excited for the opportunity to offer this program in the Delta,” Matthews said, “and believe working with all of these partners we can make a difference in reducing teenage pregnancy.”
For more information about this grant or about Delta Health Alliance, please visit our website at www.deltahealthalliance.org or follow DHA on Facebook.