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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: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Delta Regional Authority
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Understanding the Rural Swing Bed: More than Just a Reimbursement Policy
Provides an overview of the swing bed program and its role as a patient-centric post-acute care solution that helps rural hospitals serve their communities. Discusses the impact of the program, reimbursement, quality measures, and more.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Poverty Has Distinct Regional and Racial Patterns
Describes the findings of a study of persistent poverty, examining the prevalence of poverty in Appalachia, the Black Belt, the Mississippi Delta, the U.S.-Mexico border, and on Native American lands. Discusses the impacts of persistent poverty on access to healthcare, food access, social programs, and other support services.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Federal Agencies' Investment in Rural Cancer Control Fosters Partnerships between Researchers and Rural Communities
Highlights how researchers and rural communities are working together to address rural cancer prevention and control, with support from federal funding. Discusses projects that address health behaviors, cancer screening, vaccination, and rural participation in clinical trials.
Author(s): Mary Charlton, Whitney Zahnd, Jennifer Patterson, Kimberly Merchant
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Deserted: Access to Healthy, Fresh and Affordable Foods is Elusive for Millions who Live in Rural America
Explores food insecurity in rural Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta. Describes the prevalence of food deserts in these areas and the changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program due to COVID-19.
Author(s): Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Investigate TV
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COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Campaign Online Analysis
Provides links to online communication tools and state-level resources to increase COVID-19 vaccination confidence across the eight Delta Regional Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare Marketing, National Rural Health Resource Center
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Three Datasets for Nutrition Environment Measures of Food Outlets Located in the Lower Mississippi Delta Region of the United States
Data note providing details of a database containing information on 266 grocery stores, convenience stores, and restaurants located in rural Mississippi towns in the Lower Mississippi Delta region, whose nutrition environments were measured from 2016-2018. Describes the three datasets for the benefit of external researchers.
Author(s): Jessica L. Thomson, Alicia S. Landry
Citation: F1000 Research, 9, 1307
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
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Declines in Infant Mortality in Appalachia and the Delta: 1995-1996 Through 2017-2018
Compares infant mortality nationwide to rates in the Delta and Appalachia, examining maternal demographic changes including age, race, and ethnicity. Draws data from the National Vital Statistics System.
Citation: National Vital Statistics Reports, 70(6), 1-13
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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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