MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri is receiving a total of $1,304,999 in grant funding in FY 2016 to reduce chronic diseases that disproportionately affect their residents - with Mississippi County receiving nearly $585,000.
The funds, awarded to County of Mississippi and Big Spring Medical Association, Inc., will support collaborative efforts among health care providers to use an evidence-based model to address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, stroke and behavioral health. In total, eight states in the Delta region are receiving a total of $10 million in grant funding in FY 2016.
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).
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."