The Delta Health Alliance


When asked why a health care organization is helping children prepare for kindergarten, Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO explains, “The more educated a citizen is, the healthier a citizen is. They learn more about health care and wellness. The world of physicians and hospitals and prescriptions is less daunting. And they have the learning skills to absorb more information.”

We at Delta Health Alliance believe in education of all kinds in every stage of life. By educating individuals about healthier lifestyles we hope to make a greater impact in their lives. We have many projects aimed at just this goal.

Imagination Library

This is Delta Health Alliance’s longest running program. We are now into the eighth year of our partnership with the Dolly Parton Foundation to provide the Imagination Library program in the Delta, which calls for mailing a free book, each month, to any participating family before their child turns five. Currently more than 1,450 children
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Mississippi Financial Partnership

For the last two years, Delta Health Alliance has been in partnership with local banks and service groups in Indianola to provide financial literacy programs. In late 2015, DHA expanded its program by creating the Mississippi Assets for Independence in the Delta Mississippi Financial Partnership program, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health
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Monsanto Healthy Lifestyles

Delta Health Alliance and Monsanto Corporation are partners in a special project to improve the health of Delta residents in Bolivar and Washington counties. Monsanto has provided Delta Health Alliance with a $500,000 grant to carry out a comprehensive program of more physical education for children, greater access to farmers markets, community gardens and nutritional
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School Gardens / Delta EATS

Delta EATS (Edible Agriculture Teaching Students) connects 5th grade students and curriculum with a school garden and opportunities to cook in an outdoor kitchen with harvested produce. This enhances academic achievement and cultivates an empowering opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities,
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Sunflower Early Headstart

Thanks to a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHA has created the Sunflower Childcare Coalition to operate a system of private day care centers that meet Early Head Start requirements. More than 150 children will be served by new facilities in locations throughout the county when the program becomes
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Tobacco Cessation

Now operating in six counties, our Tobacco-Free Coalition project has been recognized for Exemplary Service by the Mississippi Department of Health. Our staff work directly with schools and community organizations to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, promote tobacco cessation services, and eliminate tobaccorelated disparities. As a result
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