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Resources by Topic: Delta Region

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 8 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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Mississippi Primary Care Needs Assessment
Identifies Mississippi communities with the greatest unmet healthcare needs and offers recommendations for allocating resources, managing shortage designations, and coordinating the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals. Includes sections on social determinants of health, Health Professional Shortage Areas, Graduate Medical Education, and workforce development. Features statistics on various diseases and health conditions.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Mississippi Office of Rural Health, Mississippi State Department of Health
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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 J. Kruse-Diehr, Justin T. McDaniel, Marquita W. Lewis-Thames, Aimee S. James, Musa Yahaya
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Mississippi Delta Town Makes Way for Hopeā€”and Better Health
Describes efforts to revitalize the rural Delta community of Drew, Mississippi, a recipient of the 2020-2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize. Discusses the work of community organizations to address persistent poverty, create safe housing, improve public spaces, and increase access to healthcare through mobile clinics.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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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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