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2009 Mississippi Delta Region Institute (DRI)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health awarded approximately $5.2 million to the University of Mississippi to support efforts to eliminate health disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities in the Mississippi Delta Region (DRI). The Delta Region comprises Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

These states are disproportionately impacted by health issues including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This cooperative agreement established the framework for multiple projects spanning up to three years that were implemented by various partnering organizations. The actual award amounts were subject to the availability of funding, as well as the progress achieved by the grantee. Through the utilization of a prevention research center model, this grant addresses the health promotion and disease prevention needs of rural disadvantaged and minority populations by conducting and implementing participatory, science-based, health promotion and disease prevention research and interventions.

The grants also support the National Partnership for Action, which was organized by OMH to engage federal agencies, private organizations and community leaders to create a Nation free of health disparities with quality health outcomes for all. The theme of the NPA is "Together we can. Together we will."

2009 Mississippi Delta Region Institute (DRI)

University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

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