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Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program

The next competitive grant cycle for the Delta Grant will not occur until FY 2010. Tentative availability of the grant guidance is Spring 2010.

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Program Purpose
The Office of Rural Health Policy’s Delta Grant Program is designed to encourage the development of new and innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential health care services. The emphasis of this grant is to foster collaboration among multi-county networks and other partnering organizations with the purpose of engaging in a series of health implementation projects through creative strategies requiring the grantee to form a consortium of 2 additional partners.

Program Overview
The Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program provides 3 years of funding to rural organizations to address local health care needs in the rural Delta region. Previously funded projects have varied greatly in the type of grantee and the projects proposed, and have brought care that would not otherwise been available to over 300,000 residents of the rural Delta Region. Applicants must propose to use the grant to address key focus areas surrounding chronic disease management, access to pharmacy services, and/or practice management services. In addition, application may address other priority health issues which include oral health, school-based health services, mental health/substance abuse services, and teenage pregnancy prevention. Applicants may also propose to develop an innovation project around quality, health information technology or methods to increase access to prescription drugs for the medically indigent.

Eligibility is open to rural public or rural non-profit private entities located within the Delta region. The lead applicant organization applies on behalf of the consortium of rural health providers. The proposed consortium supported by the grant must include three or more diverse health care providers, which may be nonprofit or for-profit entities. Applicants funded through this program may includes entitles that support the delivery of health care services such as social service agencies, faith-based organization, charitable organizations, institutions of higher education, local government agencies, community health and migrant health centers, rural health clinics, mental health centers, hospitals and public health agencies. Given the broad service region of the Delta, applicants are charged to engage partnering organizations as well as multi-county networks to conduct project activities across the region.

For additional information please contact:
Lakisha M. Smith, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Office of Rural Health Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-42
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443-0837
Fax: (301) 443-2803

Delta Grant Awards (FY 2007 – 2009)

Geographic Eligibility for the Delta Grant Program
HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy uses the Congressional definition of the service area of the Delta Regional Authority to define the service area of the Delta minus those counties that are not rural. Further details, a map of the region and a list of the counties in the service area of the DRA can be found at the Delta Regional Authority Web site.



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