The Delta Health Alliance

Expanding Educational Opportunities

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.

College Promise Initiative / College Day in the Delta

Tyrese Sutton understands that life is full of mistakes. Making them is easy, he explained. Overcoming them requires an ability that many people lack. “One has to have the ability to listen, the ability to hear what your teacher is telling you in high school and be able to learn from your mistakes,” said the 17-year-old senior from Simmons Junior-Senior High School in Hollandale. “If you
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Community 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, and the environment. DHA’s Delta
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Delta DART

The United States Department of Justice has awarded a three-year, $499,945 grant to Delta Health Alliance to create rapid response teams in four Delta counties to address violence against women. The four counties are Bolivar, Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington. Called the Delta Abuse Response Team network, or DART network, these teams will provide services for victims of domestic violence,
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Financial Partnerships / Delta DREAMS

Delta DREAMS (Dollars Reinvested in Education and Assests to Maximize Success) is a community-driven collaboration between Delta Health Alliance and regional banks, economic development agencies, service groups, housing authorities, community representatives, universities, and faith-based partners all united by a shared vision of increasing eco-nomic self-sufficiency for low-income families living in rural communities. Funding partners include Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Mississippi State
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Head Start

The Sunflower Head Start / Early Head Start Coalition operates five facilities promoting school readiness of young children by providing full-day services to low-income, working families throughout Sunflower County. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5. Head Start services include early learning, health, and
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Imagination Library

Imgaination Library, the program for children ages 0 to 5 that delivers a free, age appropriate book each month to a child’s home, is a vital part of Delta Health Allianc e’s efforts for children to enter kindergarten ready to learn. To evaluate the effectiveness of the program, new kindergarten students at the elementary school in Indianola took a
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Monsanto Nutrition Grant

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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Sunflower County Early Headstart Childcare Partnership

Visit the Sunflower County Early Headstart Childcare Partnership here .  The Sunflower County Early Head Start Childcare Partnership (EHS CCP), sponsored by Delta Health Alliance, is a unique opportunity which brings to-gether the best of Early Head Start and private child care through layering of funding to provide comprehensive and continuous services to low-income infants, toddlers, and their families. After
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Tobacco Cessation

DHA Tobacco-Free Coalition project operates in six Delta counties; Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, and Tunica. The program is recognized for Exemplary Service by the Mississippi Department of Health year after year. 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
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