21st Century Clinics

21st Century Clinics

The Mississippi Delta, an 18-county rural region of Mississippi, has one of the highest rates for chronic disease morbidity and mortality in the United States. With the shortage of primary care providers in the Delta, the typical high volume rural clinic has little time to devote to educating patients regarding disease self-management. Generally, area clinics treat patients on an episodic basis employing a traditional approach to primary care. Low educational attainment, high poverty rates, and low health literacy contribute to the poor health status of the region.

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