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News by Topic: Delta Region

Jun 3, 2021 - Explores the history of Delta Health Center, the country's first rural community health center, located in the Mississippi Delta. The health center began operations during the civil rights movement to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to all residents, of all races. Describes the impact of COVID-19 and highlights how Delta Health continues to improve health outcomes among rural Black residents.
Source: NPR
May 20, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service is accepting applications for the Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program for fiscal year 2021. The purpose of the program is to address the unmet healthcare needs in the Delta Region through financial assistance, economic development, and cooperation between health professionals and institutions in the region. Applications are due by July 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2021 - Describes challenges to receiving timely and appropriate stroke care for rural residents in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. Shares the story of a rural resident in Fentress County, Tennessee who suffered a stroke two months after the local hospital closed and she was flown over 100 miles away to a hospital that was able to provide advanced stroke care. Highlights the benefits of telestroke programs to improve stroke care in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Apr 22, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Labor, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority partnered to announce the availability of over $29 million for the third round of grants from the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Initiative. Funding aims to promote economic prosperity and employment opportunities and address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Appalachian and the Lower Mississippi Delta regions.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor