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Resources by Topic: Delta Region

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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Delta Health Alliance: Delta Futures Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Describes a program promoting evidence-based, medically accurate public school curricula scheduled to be implemented in all 18 Mississippi Delta rural counties.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Office of Adolescent Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
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Assessment of Factors Contributing to Health Outcomes in the Eight States of the Mississippi Delta Region
Examines key contributors to health outcomes and disparities between Delta and non-Delta counties, using 38 measures derived from the 2014 County Health Rankings. Features statistics comparing mortality, self-rated health, low birth rate, and various health factors, and demographics including sex, race/ethnicity, and rurality.
Author(s): Keith P. Gennuso, Amanda Jovaag, Bridget B. Catlin, Matthew Rodock, Hyojun Park
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
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Directory: Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program 2016-2019
A directory of the Delta States Rural Development Grant Program in the 2016-2019 funding cycle. Includes a 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: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Development of a Faith-Based Stress Management Intervention in a Rural African American Community
Findings from interviews conducted in 2011 with 24 African American men who had stress or depressive symptoms, and who participated in Trinity Life Management, a faith-based program in the Mississippi River Delta region of northeastern Arkansas.
Author(s): Keneshia Bryant, Todd Moore, Nathaniel Willis, Kristie Hadden
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 9(3), 423-430
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Relationship Between Social Support and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women in the Rural Deep South, 2011–2013
Reports results from a study undertaken in rural communities of the Alabama Black Belt and the Mississippi Delta. Examines encouragement and discouragement provided to overweight and obese African American women by family and friends related to healthy eating and exercise.
Author(s): Erica R. Johnson, Tiffany L. Carson, Olivia Affuso, Claudia M. Hardy, Monica L. Baskin
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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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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