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Delta Health Initiative

Program Purpose:
The purpose of the Delta Health Initiative Cooperative Agreement Program is to provide funding to an alliance located in the Delta region in the State of Mississippi to address longstanding unmet rural health needs (access to health care, health education, research, job training and capital improvements) of the region.  The goal of the Delta Health Initiative is to improve the health status of the people living in the rural Mississippi Delta.   

Program Overview:
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy competitively awarded one cooperative agreement in the amount of approximately 24 million for five years to an alliance in the Mississippi Delta.  Projects funded under this cooperative agreement may include but are not limited to:

  • improving communication and coordination among key health care providers across the Mississippi Delta Region;
  • implementing health education, intervention, chronic disease management, wellness promotion, and care coordination projects; 
  • improving access to health care services, (e.g., prescription drugs, non-emergency medical transportation, chronic disease management programs, health insurance);
  • improving quality health assessment data to promote information-based health services planning;
  • increasing the number of health care providers serving the region;
  • improving education and health literacy;
  • increasing workforce training and entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • utilizing telehealth and other health information technologies;
  • improving medical billing, and or
  • providing for new construction of public health related facilities.

For additional information please contact:
Kathryn Umali, MPH, CHES
Public Health Analyst
Office of Rural Health Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-42
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 443-7444
Fax: (301) 443-2803

Delta Health Initiative Award (FY 2006 – 2010):    Delta Health Alliance
Stoneville, MS


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