Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network
- Need: To improve people's health in a rural 16-county region in Illinois.
- Intervention: A coalition of local health departments and healthcare facilities coordinates regional efforts, which are implemented locally by health community coalitions.
- Results: HSIDN has created toolkits, developed resource guides, and provided wellness trainings, among other initiatives.
Illinois Delta Network (HSIDN), created in 2008,
brings together health centers, hospitals, local health
departments, and other organizations in a rural 16-county
region. A steering committee of 9 organizations
coordinates regional efforts, and 6 health community
coalitions (made of over 400 community-based agencies and
community members) implement these efforts locally.
HSIDN organizations have received funding from the
Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), Delta Regional Authority,
Plan4Health, and the United States Department of
HSIDN goals include:
- Help create policy, systems, and environmental
- Improve access to mental health services
- Promote healthy diets and body weights
- Reduce cancer cases, heart attacks, and strokes
- Created toolkits for smoke-free programming that
coalition members can share with schools, worksites,
housing, and others
- Developed and updated resource guides for diabetes
and mental health services
- Introduced schools to a coordinated approach for
school health and helped 29 schools adopt or strengthen
- Made fact sheets about cancer disparities and
distributed them to local health departments
- Provided regional trainings about built environment,
worksite wellness, school health, and health impact
- Provided wellness training and support at over 32
worksites affecting over 11,000 employees
- Facilitated 107 free Live Well
Be Well self-management workshops between March 18, 2015,
and September 1, 2022, for people with diabetes and other
chronic health conditions and their caregivers
HSIDN members created Camp BETA, a free overnight camp
for children with type 1 diabetes.
Staff turnover at agencies and organizations plays a role
in the work of the coalition. It is often a challenge to
keep individuals engaged and to keep the action team and
steering committees moving forward to improve the health
of the community with so much staff turnover.
Success of the HSIDN is due to having a strong
collaborative effort with healthcare systems, local
health departments, as well as other community partners
and community organizations working together to create
policy, systems, and environmental changes. A regional
plan, developed every five years, serves as the
implementation framework for each local coalition and
includes evidence-based strategies for each focus area.
Implementation of programming related to the regional
plan occurs through the efforts of the healthy community
coalitions and various action teams.
Angie Bailey, System Director of Community Health
Southern Illinois Healthcare
Networking and collaboration
Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention
September 30, 2022
Date updated or reviewed
November 27, 2023
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 4 March 2024]
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