$10 million in grants targets community-based efforts to combat chronic diseases in the Delta Region

August 11, 2016

Eight states in the Delta region are receiving a total of $10 million in grant funding in FY 2016 to reduce chronic diseases that disproportionately affect the region. The funds will support collaborative efforts among health care providers to use an evidence-based model to address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, stroke and behavioral health.

The Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program requires that local health providers work together across counties and parishes to share resources and expertise, with a focus on strengthening the knowledge of Delta region communities about health risks and disease management. Funded projects are tailored from programs showing evidence of effectiveness in addressing gaps and needs in a community setting and improvements in the health status of individuals. The grants are funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Healthcare providers in the Delta region that received grants include:

  • Rural Alabama Prevention Center - Eutaw, AL - $810,000
  • ARCARE - Augusta, AR - $900,000
  • Greater Delta Alliance for Health, Inc. - Lake Village, AR - $855,000
  • Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, IL - $720,000
  • Baptist Health Madisonville Inc. - Madisonville,  KY - $900,000
  • Parish of Richland - Delhi, LA - $900,000
  • The Health Enrichment Network - Oakdale, LA - $945,000
  • Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center Inc. - Fayette, MS - $900,000
  • Delta Health Alliance, Inc. - Stoneville, MS - $944,871
  • County of Mississippi - Charleston, MO - $584,999
  • Big Spring Medical Association, Inc. - Ellington, MO - $720,000
  • Paris-Henry County Health Care Foundation, Inc. - Paris, TN - $900,000

Total: $10,079,870

Since 2002, HRSA has partnered with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to implement the program. The DRA leverages federal funding to improve lives and spur economic development in the Delta region.

“HRSA collaborates with the DRA to ensure that health providers at all levels work together to achieve better health outcomes in the Delta region,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “The program helps rural communities develop partnerships to address health problems and maximize the benefit from our resource investments.”

“Our Delta communities exhibit some of the greatest need in the U.S. for public health and access to quality, affordable health care,” said Chris Masingill, Federal Co-chairman of the DRA. “Investments from this program are an important complement to local, state, and DRA efforts to improve health outcomes and worker productivity in the Delta.”

Housed within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policies impacting rural health and works with state and local partners to enhance delivery of services to 50 million residents living in rural communities. 

The Delta Regional Authority, a federal-state partnership, is congressionally mandated to identify and provide economic development investments to the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through the Rural Communities Advancement Program, the DRA funds regional initiatives with the guiding principal to build communities and improve lives in the Delta region.


Office of Rural Health Policy: www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth
Delta Regional Authority: www.dra.gov/initiatives/promoting-a-healthy-delta
White House Rural Council: www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/rural-council


Spencer Lucker