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Resources by Topic: Delta Region

Feasibility Test of a Community-Relevant Intervention Designed to Promote African American Participation in Translational, Breast Cancer Disparities Research: Know about Health Options for Women (Know HOW)
Explores two strategies for increasing breast cancer research participation among African American women: a comprehensive and focused outreach program with different levels and methods of engagement and information dissemination. Describes a study of the programs in the rural Lower Mississippi River Delta region of Arkansas, including different rates of participation for each outreach program. Discusses breast cancer health disparities for African American women and the importance of new research methods.
Author(s): Karen H. Kim Yeary, Page Moore, Jerome Turner, et al.
Citation: Journal of Cancer Education, 33, 29-36
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Results of an Asthma Education Program Delivered via Telemedicine in Rural Schools
Examines the impact of a school telemedicine intervention intended to reduce asthma burden among children in the Arkansas Delta region. Summarizes the intervention, participant demographics, asthma-related characteristics, and intervention outcomes.
Author(s): Tamara T. Perry, Jill S. Halterman, Rita H. Brown, et al.
Citation: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 120(4), 401-408
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Child Poverty Was Most Concentrated in the Mississippi Delta
Map showing average child poverty rates for rural counties, based on 2012-2016 American Community Survey data. Discusses the counties with the highest child poverty, including counties in the Mississippi Delta region.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Leveraging Research and Philanthropy to Reduce Crime and Violence in the Mississippi Delta
Explores how foundations fund public safety projects, focusing on Phillips County, Arkansas and Coahoma County, Mississippi. Features background on violence and crime in rural areas, including a description of the research literature. Proposes framework for selecting and implementing violence prevention and intervention on the community level.
Author(s): Jessica Saunders, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Samuel Peterson
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes financial, educational, and healthcare challenges experienced by residents in the Mississippi Delta. Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer awareness and prevention program working in rural, African American communities to create a network focused on education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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A Community-Based Marketing Campaign at Farmers Markets to Encourage Fruit and Vegetable Purchases in Rural Counties With High Rates of Obesity, Kentucky, 2015-2016
Examines effectiveness of the Plate it Up Kentucky Proud program, targeting farmers market shoppers in 6 rural Kentucky counties in the Delta and Appalachian regions, from September 2014-September 2016. Features statistics including age, sex, income, and rate of consumption of fruit, salad, and other vegetables.
Author(s): Emily DeWitt, Margaret McGladrey, Emily Liu, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil
Examines the discrepancy between philanthropic efforts in the South and other regions of the U.S. and some of the health concerns they face. Provides examples of Southern nonprofit leaders and makes recommendations to help foundations and donors maximize the impact of their investments. Also explains why alternative methods for giving may be required in the South, where organizations and leaders don't always conform to traditional educational and organizational standards. Rural-specific considerations are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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"We Need Help in the Delta": Barriers to Health Promotion Among Older African American Men in the Mississippi Delta
Studies the challenges of promoting health in the rural Mississippi Delta, focusing on older African American men who participated in a small study group. Describes interviews with individuals and focus groups, emphasizing different understandings of the term "health" and structural concerns about health disparities that create barriers for health promotion.
Author(s): Sherry Wang, LaShaundrea Crook, Carol Connell, Kathy Yadrick
Citation: American Journal of Men's Health, 11(2), 414-425
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity
Identifies elements of effective solutions to advance health equity at the local or community level. Featured examples include the Delta Health Center, a rural Federally Qualified Health Center that uses a community-oriented primary care model to address population health. A brief overview of rural health disparities which includes a discussion on Appalachian health is found on pages 2-19 and 2-20. Appendix A provides a historical and legal context for understanding Native American health disparities.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Community Building Community: The Distinct Benefits of Community Partners Building Other Communities' Capacity to Conduct Health Research
Explores a study on the benefits of building community health research capacity through the sharing of best practices. Focuses specifically on African American communities located in the rural Arkansas Lower Mississippi River Delta. Details the partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) and the community programs The Faith Task Force and the TriCounty Rural Health Network.
Author(s): Jerome Turner, Johnny Smith, Keneshia Bryant, et al.
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(1), 81-86
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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