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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Delta Region

DRA's Response to COVID-19
Provides information on DRA programs and initiatives related to COVID-19. Includes a map of COVID-19 cases in the region, as well as county-level planning reports.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Delta Regional Authority
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Grantee Directory: Delta States Rural Development Network Program, 2020
A directory of the Delta States Rural Development Grant Program in the 2020-2023 funding cycle. Includes a brief program overview and contact information for each of the twelve grantees. The Delta States region comprises Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Racial Residential Segregation and Colorectal Cancer Mortality in the Mississippi Delta Region
Investigates whether rurality influences the relationship between racial segregation and colorectal cancer (CRC) outcomes in the Mississippi Delta Region. Features county-level data on CRC mortality, with information broken down by race and rurality.
Author(s): Aaron Kruse-Diehr, Justin McDaniel, Marquita Lewis-Thames, Aimee James, Musa Yahaya
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Framework for a Community Health Observing System for the Gulf of Mexico Region: Preparing for Future Disasters
Outlines a system for monitoring community health during potential disasters in the Gulf of Mexico region. Details the a framework for collecting and organizing data, and discusses considerations in assessing the disparities between rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Paul Sandifer, Landon Knapp, Maureen Lichtveld, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 578463
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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The Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative Medication Therapy Management Model: Public Health and Pharmacy Working Together to Improve Population Health in the Mississippi Delta
Examined the effects of a medication therapy management (MTM) intervention on patients in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the Mississippi Delta region. Includes data on clinical measures before and after MTM for patients with diabetes, hypertension, and/or dyslipidemia.
Author(s): Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Meagan Brown, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Rural Health Organizations Are Adapting Their Program Strategies
Summarizes a series of virtual peer learning sessions in response to COVID-19 for current Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, Rural Health Network Development, Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement, and Delta States Rural Development Network program grantees. Provides an overview of common themes that emerged from the sessions. Discusses the challenges and innovations made to implement rural health and public programs across six areas: community health workers, data collection and evaluation, virtual trainings, peer support services and recovery supports, telehealth utilization, and schools.
Additional links: Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Adjusting Approaches to Data Collection and Utilization, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Peer Support and Recovery Services in a Virtual Environment, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Strategies for Supporting Community by Maintaining Work With Schools, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Taking Community Health Worker Practice Virtual, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Using Telehealth in New and Improved Ways to Meet Emerging Needs, Guide for Planning and Hosting an Effective Virtual Meeting/Training Event
Author(s): Tanisa Adimu, John Butts, Coleman Tanner, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Estimates Among Adolescents in the Mississippi Delta Region: National Immunization Survey‑Teen, 2015–2017
Examines HPV vaccination data for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years from the National Immunization Survey-Teen, 2015-2017. Compares HPV vaccination coverage estimates in rural and urban areas of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) region with estimates in areas of the Delta states outside the DRA region and non-Delta states. Discusses reasons why parents do not intend to vaccinate adolescents.
Author(s): David Yankey, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, Connie L. Bish, Shannon K. Stokley
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Measurement of Nutrition Environments in Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores, and Restaurants in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Reports on the Delta Food Outlets Study, evaluating the local nutrition environments of pregnant woman and their infants living in rural Lower Mississippi Delta to assess environmental exposures influencing their dietary habits. Study participants had previously participated in a nutrition and physical activity intervention, the Delta Health Sprouts Project.
Author(s): Jessica L. Thomson, Melissa H. Goodman, Alicia S. Landry
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
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Maternal Characteristics and Infant Outcomes in Appalachia and the Delta
Compares maternal characteristics and poor infant outcomes for women and children in the Delta and Appalachia regions with the rest of the United States. Includes charts showing distribution of births, preterm births, and infant mortality with data broken down by maternal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, and age.
Additional links: Supplemental Tables
Author(s): Anne Driscoll, Danielle Ely
Citation: National Vital Statistics Reports, 68(11)
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Assessment of Town and Park Characteristics Related to Physical Activity in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Examines the built environments of 12 rural towns to determine whether these features may have contributed to low levels of physical activity in gestational and postnatal periods by women participating in a diet and physical activity program. Features statistics including characteristics of the towns, Rural Active Living Assessment Scores, and characteristics of parks in the towns.
Author(s): Jessica L. Thomson, Melissa H. Goodman, Alicia S. Landry
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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