NEWS: U.S. Military and Delta Regional Authority to host 13-day health clinic for Delta residents

August 01, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Defense and Delta Regional Authority will host a 13-day health and wellness clinic for residents of southern Mississippi and northeast Louisiana, both groups announced today.

Through the DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training program, Tricentennial Wellness, the final of three medical missions in the Delta region this summer, will bring healthcare providers with the U.S. Military to Natchez, Mississippi, to provide basic medical, dental, and optical screenings at no cost to the community and patients from Tuesday, August 2 to Sunday, August 14.

“In coordination with Natchez’s Tricentennial celebrations, Tricentennial Wellness, is promoting the health and wellness of the people of Natchez and its surrounding communities. This medical mission achieves two extremely important goals of helping Delta residents receive quality health care services and education as well as providing meaningful field training for our men and women in uniform, who already provide so much for our country and communities,” said Chris Masingill, federal co-chairman of the DRA. “This unique and impactful partnership has reached 76,000 Delta residents over seven years, including 11,000 Deltans this summer already, and we expect to see thousands more served this month.”

The clinics will be open to the general public every day of the mission at Alcorn State University, 15 Campus Drive. No appointments are necessary, but residents are encouraged to arrive early to ensure an opening for services.  The clinic will open its doors at 8:00 am and accept patients until 4:30 pm every day.

“The purpose of the IRT program is to provide real-world training opportunities for our service members to utilize the skillsets within their military occupational specialties while supporting the needs of America’s underserved communities,” says Major Nathan DeVoe, 3rd Medical Command IRT Project Manager. “Our service members are excited to be immersed in Natchez, helping to build stronger communities and connecting Americans to the U.S. Military while building mission-ready forces.”

Services provided will include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings, sports physicals, dental cleanings, fillings, and tooth extractions, eye exams and single-vision prescription glasses. In addition to receiving medical services, residents will be able to obtain information at clinic sites about local healthcare services, public health programs, resources and general healthcare information. 

The City of Natchez and community leaders have volunteered over the past year in helping DRA and the Military plan this mission and most recently execute the mission and support those troops giving their time to serve local patients.

Tricentennial Wellness is the final of three medical missions the DRA and military reserves are hosting this summer in the Delta region: Greyhound Medical held a month-long clinic in West Memphis, Arkansas, in June that served more than 6,500 people, and Bluegrass Medical served 4,400 in western Kentucky, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois in late July. More information about the Tricentennial Wellness IRT mission is available on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TricentennialWellness.

About the Delta Regional Authority

The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. The Innovative Readiness Training program has held missions over eight years reaching more than 35 communities with medical, dental, and optical care for some of the region’s most underserved populations. To learn more about the Innovative Readiness Training program or the DRA, visit dra.gov/irt and irt.defense.gov.

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Spencer Lucker
(202) 434-4842
slucker@dra.gov