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Resources by Topic: Delta Region

Assessing Environmental Support for Better Health: Active Living Opportunity Audits in Rural Communities in the Southern United States
Describes the built environment, policies, and availability of facilities for physical activity in eight rural communities, four in Alabama and four in the Mississippi Delta, to inform diet and physical activity interventions. Acts as part of a partnership to eliminate cancer health disparities in the Deep South. Includes community data by Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) measures, such as sidewalks, destinations, and walk-ability.
Author(s): Jennifer C. Robinson, Tiffany L. Carson, Erica R. Johnson, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 66, 28-33
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Housing in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Defines the lower Mississippi Delta and discusses the economic, housing, and social characteristics of the region. Includes information on housing quality.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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A Church-Based Diet and Physical Activity Intervention for Rural, Lower Mississippi Delta African American Adults: Delta Body and Soul Effectiveness Study, 2010–2011
Study of 6-month-long interventions in 8 self-selected churches in 4 counties. Features statistics including sex, weight group, smoking status, employment, types of chronic disease and medication use, and levels of physical activity.
Author(s): Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, Jessica L. Thomson, Tanyatta Mayo, Emanuel Edmond
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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Around the Country: Nuns Help Desperately Poor at Mississippi Medical Clinic
Highlights Sister Anne Brooks, D.O., who has provided care for the desperately poor at the Tutwiler Clinic for the last 30 years.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Practice Based Versus Telemedicine Based Collaborative Care for Depression in Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers: A Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial
Reports on a research trial comparing patient outcomes between a practice-based and telemedicine based collaborative primary care model to address depression in rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Includes data on both collaborative care models by patient characteristics, for example age, race/ethnicity, income, insurance, marital status, and more.
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey M. Pyne, Sip B. Mouden, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(4), 414-425
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
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Taking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing in the 21st Century
Details rural poverty and housing in the U.S. using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS). Covers information on substandard housing in rural areas and addresses rural housing for high poverty areas and populations, including the Border Colonias, Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and housing for Native Americans and farmworkers.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Housing in the Mississippi Delta
Provides statistics and describes the housing needs of the Mississippi Delta region that will require multi-level approaches to address the social, political, and economic infrastructure of the region.
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Impacts of Regional Approaches to Rural Development: Initial Evidence on the Delta Regional Authority
Compares nonmetro counties covered by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), which began funding rural development projects in 2002, with similar counties. Discusses the impact of DRA health programs. Examines funding for medical facilities and its J-1 visa waiver program.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): John Pender, Richard Reeder
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Grantee Directory: Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program 2010-2013
Contains a directory of the Delta States Rural Development Grant Program in the 2010-2013 funding cycle. Includes a program overview and contact information for each of the twelve grantees. The Delta States region consists of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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A Community Based Framework for Understanding Problems and Exploring Alternatives: Connecting Underemployment, Poverty and Access to Health Care in the Mississippi Delta
Discusses community-based research as a framework for better understanding views of poverty and exploring alternative intervention programs that are innovative and diverse. Includes examples of regional assets, barriers, social and health issues identified in the Mississippi Delta region using this research approach.
Author(s): John J. Green, Albert B. Nylander
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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