Delta Regional Authority
June 04, 2018  
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Delta News Round-up

In this Issue: IRT Medical Mission in Alabama |Three Delta Communities Receive Support for Local Foods, Local Places | DRA Job Opportunities

Innovative Readiness Training Medical Mission in Alabama

About 200 military reserve troops are providing no-cost medical services to Alabama Black Belt residents as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) mission in partnership with DRA. Men and women in uniform are providing medical, dental and optical care at Monroe County High School and Thomasville High School every day through June 4.

Fittingly, care began on Memorial Day, a day to honor those who died in active military service. Our nation’s military spent the day providing care to hundreds of residents. Military members have travelled from across the nation to join the Alabama Wellness IRT mission in the Black Belt. These IRT mission rely on collaborative efforts that include the military, DRA and local communities. Dozens of companies in Monroeville and Thomasville have donated supplies and turned out to help support the military and the IRT mission.

Services provided include non-emergency medical treatments and screenings, dental cleanings, fillings, 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 to promote continued wellness.

“The Alabama Wellness Mission is a win-win program for our state and our nation’s military,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. “Residents of west Alabama will have access to no-cost basic healthcare, and military members will receive valuable hands-on training. I am thankful for this program and the benefits it will bring to those who live in Monroeville, Thomasville and surrounding areas.”

Joint IRT missions involving the military and DRA have been conducted for nine years and have delivered medical services to more than 80,000 Delta residents in 16 rural communities.

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Three Delta Communities Receive Aid to Spur Growth, Promote Health

DRA joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal partners to announce that three Delta communities will receive assistance through the Local Foods, Local Places initiative to support local food systems and promote health and wellness. The three Delta communities are: Helena and McCrory, AR., and Duck Hill, MS.

Local Foods, Local Places supports community-driven efforts to protect air and water quality, preserve open space and farmland, boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and promote wellness for children. Each community will receive about $25,000 in planning and technical assistance, according to the EPA. DRA is providing $15,000 to each community to implement its project when the planning process is completed.

Since 2015, DRA has supported nearly a dozen Delta communities through the Local Foods, Local Places initiative. Delta communities selected to participate in 2018 include:

Helena, Arkansas: The Helena-West Helena/Philips County Port Authority will explore a potential farmers market and events space in a long-abandoned building near downtown.

McCrory, Arkansas: The city plans to comprehensively address barriers to good nutrition and physical activity by developing a new community/school garden and a potential farmers market and culinary incubator, among other projects.

Duck Hill, Mississippi: The city plans revitalization efforts that include infrastructure improvements and development of a 2.5-acre community garden and downtown farmers market.

Other federal partners involved include the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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DRA Career Opportunities

Program Manager: The Program Manager, in coordination with the Senior Advisor, will assist with the development and implementation of various DRA programs and special initiatives, including: Re-imagining the Delta Workforce; Growing Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs; Promoting Tourism and the Cultural Economy; Promoting a Healthy Delta; Supporting Delta Leadership; and Cultivating Innovative Partnerships. The Program Manager, in coordination with the Senior Advisor, will also be expected to build strategic partnerships with federal agencies, economic and community development organizations, state and local government entities, philanthropic organizations and NGOs, among others.

Position Location: Little Rock, AR; Clarksdale, MS; or Memphis, TN.

Interested candidates may submit their resume of credentials via email to

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June 11, 2018 - June 13, 2018
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June 18, 2018 - June 28, 2018
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