About DHA

Welcome to the official website of the Delta Health Alliance.

Delta Health Alliance is changing health care in the Mississippi Delta. Delta residents are gaining access to higher quality health care quicker, and they are learning how to stay healthy thanks to educational services and community outreach programs, such as the Indianola Promise Community and 21st Century Clinics.

Here are a few of the challenges Delta Health Alliance has been helping Delta residents address. Obesity rates are higher than a third of the nation’s population. Many chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are 50 percent above national average. More infants in the Delta die before they are one year old than anywhere else in the United States (as a percentage of total population). The number of health care providers serving the Delta has been shrinking while the cost of medical care and prescription drugs has been rising.

Responding to these challenges requires new approaches, different approaches.  Here’s how DHA is tackling these challenges.

  • First, DHA links the three major universities that serve the Delta with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and with the Delta Council, the region’s economic development organization.
  • Second, the latest developments in science, medicine, and public health are brought together to find solutions.
  • Third, everything DHA does is evaluated regularly on the basis of objective statistical data that is recorded as we take action.
  • Fourth, we do our work through community partners, recognizing that long-lasting change only occurs from the bottom up.

To make a difference, to break the cycles that foster poor health and a less than adequate health care system, takes time. It takes money. It takes constant assessment and reassessment of program data. And it takes everyone working together toward a common goal.

While this common goal may be measured with statistics, behind all those numbers are real stories–the men, women, and children of the Delta who are making use of DHA programs, taking responsibility for their health, and improving their lives. You’ll find new stories regularly on this site, so keep visiting.