Delta Regional Authority

March 05, 2021 | In this Issue: SEDAP 2021 Funding Cycle Now Open | DRA, Innovative Readiness Training Hosts Delta Wellness Mission 2021 | Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program Adds 10 Healthcare Facilities | Communities Invited to Apply for Innovative Readiness Training Medical Missions | DRA Accepting Submissions for Website Design & Development Proposals

SEDAP 2021 Funding Cycle Now Open

On March 1st, the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) opened the 2021 funding cycle for the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP).  SEDAP provides direct investments into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.  Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. 

In 2020, DRA invested over $27.9 million into 94 projects throughout the eight-state DRA region.  The investment was matched by an additional $491.8 million in other public and private sector dollars and are expected to create or retain 10,344 jobs, train 9,471 individuals, and affect 73,260 families.  

Communities and organizations are encouraged to work with their Local Development District (LDD) offices to prepare and submit SEDAP applications.  To apply, please visit funding.dra.gov.

The deadline to submit applications is June 6, 2021.  All necessary information for application consideration can be found in the 2021 SEDAP Manual.  Additional information on state-specific funding allocations, funding eligibility requirements and guidelines, and contact information for local development districts are available here.  For further information, please email Kemp Morgan, DRA Director of Project Development and Management, at kmorgan@dra.gov.



DRA, Innovative Readiness Training Hosts Delta Wellness Mission 2021

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and DRA will hold a medical mission simultaneously in Lake Providence, LA; Greenville, MS; and Lake Village, AR from July 8-18, 2021.  Through a partnership with DoD and the U.S Military’s reserve forces, DRA supports the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program to bring medical, dental, and optical care to Delta residents in need of quality healthcare at no cost to the patients. 

“A community’s economic competitiveness is strengthened by the health and well-being of its workforce,” said DRA Spokeswoman Shawna Blair.  “The Delta Regional Authority is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to implement IRT missions, which provide immediate healthcare services to our residents who need it most.  The unique partnership, which includes the participation of joint military forces of both active and reserve components as well as additional support within our host communities, executes IRT missions at no cost to those treated.”

IRT is a collaborative program that improves military readiness by providing trained military medical personnel with in-field emergency response training while simultaneously providing quality healthcare services to communities throughout the Delta region.  By utilizing their extensive resources, the military is able to meet some of the region’s most urgent healthcare needs.  Among the services provided during IRT missions are basic medical exams, eye exams, single lens prescriptions glasses, and dental services.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our communities and military populations to come together, especially in a time of such hardship, to work and provide healthcare, well-being, and facilitate military deployment readiness training,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Underwood, NMANG.

Host communities provide local expertise, host facilities, and on-the-ground support, while military units contribute personnel and training resources.  DRA works closely with Delta communities and DoD to assist with the application process as well as planning and implementation for the 10-day medical mission. 

For more information about IRT, please visit IRT.defense.gov or email Christina Wade, DRA Health Programs Manager, at cwade@dra.gov.



Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program Adds 10 Healthcare Facilities

DRA announced ten additional healthcare facilities chosen to participate in the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program (DRCHSD), which enhances healthcare delivery in the Delta through intensive, in-depth and long-term technical assistance to rural hospitals and medical facilities.

In 2017, DRA partnered with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the DRCHSD program.  The technical assistance, provided by subject matter experts at the National Rural Health Resource Center, supports capacity building for quality improvement, telehealth, and integration of social services to help healthcare facilities increase financial viability and operational efficiency.

The following ten healthcare facilities were selected for the DRCHSD Cohort 2020.

Alabama:

Greene County Hospital
Greene County Hospital is a 20-bed, small rural hospital located in Eutaw, Alabama.

Grove Hill Memorial Hospital
Grove Hill Memorial Hospital is a 50-bed, small rural hospital located in Grove Hill, Alabama.

Monroe County Hospital
Monroe County Hospital is a 94-bed, small rural hospital located in Monroeville, Alabama.

Mississippi:

Claiborne County Medical Center
Claiborne County Medical Center is a critical access hospital located in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

Tunica Resorts Medical Clinic
Tunica Resorts Medical Clinic is a rural health clinic located in Tunica, Mississippi.

Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale
Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale is a clinic located in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Missouri:

Great Mines Health Center
Great Mines Health Center is a federally qualified health clinic located in Potosi, Missouri.

Missouri Delta Medical Center
Missouri Delta Medical Center is a 120-bed, small rural hospital located in Sikeston, Missouri.

Perry County Memorial Hospital
Perry County Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Perryville, Missouri.

Washington County Memorial Hospital
Washington County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Potosi, Missouri.



Communities Invited to Apply for Innovative Readiness Training Medical Missions

DRA invites DRA communities to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) to host a 2023 Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) medical mission.  The deadline to submit an NOI is April 30, 2021, and eligible communities must be located within the DRA footprint of its eight-state region.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Military’s reserve forces, DRA supports IRT missions to bring medical, dental, and optical care at no cost to the patients.  Host communities provide local expertise, host facilities, and on-the-ground support, while military units contribute personnel and training resources.  

To be eligible, communities must exhibit a critical need for healthcare providers, meet rural classification by having a population of 50,000 residents or less, and demonstrate at least one of the following:  unemployment rate above the national rate during the last 24 months, per capita income of 80 percent or less of the national average, and/or a special need (natural or other major disaster or emergencies, etc.).  Additional requirements can be found on the “Innovative Readiness Training Community Readiness Checklist” located on dra.gov/irt.

IRT is a collaborative program that improves military readiness by providing trained military medical personnel with in-field emergency response training while simultaneously providing quality healthcare services to DRA communities.  By utilizing their extensive resources, the military is able to meet some of the region’s most urgent healthcare needs.  Among the services provided during IRT missions are basic medical exams, eye exams, single lens prescription glasses, and dental services.

Community leaders are encouraged to visit dra.gov/irt to become familiar with the IRT program and requirements.  Additional questions can be emailed to Christina Wade, DRA Health Programs Manager, at cwade@dra.gov. For additional information, visit irt.defense.gov.



DRA Accepting Submissions for Website Design & Development Proposals

DRA is seeking a contractor with demonstrated experience in managing website development projects and expertise in best practices for website design, development, and deployment. Contractors that have substantial experience working with public entities (i.e. federal or state government) and grantmaking agencies are preferred.

Proposals are due by 5:00 PM CT on Friday, March 26, 2021. Questions about this RFP can be emailed to Susan Edwards, DRA Program Analyst, at sedwards@dra.gov. Interested parties can review submission requirements, scope of work, and website specifications here.



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