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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.The DHA Delta
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Financial Partnerships / Delta DREAMS

In late 2015, Delta Health Alliance expanded its financial literacy initiative by creating the Delta DREAMS program. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Delta DREAMS is a community based approach for giving low income families a “hand-up”. Utilizing existing individual and community assets, the Delta DREAMS program strengthens Delta counties residents through the use of matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
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Imagination Library

Delta Health Alliance is now in the ninth year of our partnership with the Dolly Parton Foundation to operate the Imagination Library program in the Delta. Currently more than 3,000 children in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties are receiving books, an increase of 120% over the 1,300 who were receiving books in 2013. In Sunflower County alone, more than 2,400 children
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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

After receiving a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHA worked with six child care centers in Sunflower County, along with other community partners, to create the Sunflower Childcare Coalition and operate a system of private day care centers that meet Early Head Start standards. Today, these child care centers in Drew, Indianola, and
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Tobacco Cessation

Operating in six counties, the DHA 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 tobacco related disparities. As a result of its outreach program, smoke free ordinances
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