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June 27, 2019  
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DRA, HRSA Partner to Provide Technical Assistance to Rural Medical Facilities | Job Opportunity – Communications Director | Connect with Chairman Chris Caldwell

DRA, HRSA Partner to Provide Assistance to Rural 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 Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program (DRCHSD). The purpose of the DRCHSD program is to enhance healthcare delivery in the Delta region through intensive technical assistance to providers in select rural communities, including critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals, rural health clinics and other healthcare organizations. The technical assistance, provided by subject matter experts at the National Rural Health Resource Center, focuses on improving financial operations, enhancing coordination of care, implementing innovate service delivery techniques such as telehealth, identifying workforce recruitment and retention resources, and more. 

Since 2017, DRA and HRSA have provided technical assistance through the National Rural Health Resource Center to 9 providers in 11 rural communities across 6 states. Leigha Ward, Chief Financial Officer at one of the participating medical facilities, said this about the DRCHSD program: “The DRA program has been such a blessing to us at Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems [in Hayti, Missouri]. We have received resources and help from industry experts that would have never been possible without this [technical assistance]. We can see operational and financial growth in our Health System as a result of these efforts. We feel deeply honored to have received such a wonderful opportunity.”

The application process for participation in the DRCHSD technical assistance program is now open on a rolling cycle. To apply or learn more about the program, visit

Job Opportunity – Communications Director

DRA seeks a Communications Director to develop and manage the strategy and implementation of all communications and public outreach on behalf of the agency, including press releases, stakeholder communications, website, social media, and marketing efforts.

Learn more at

Connect with Chairman Chris Caldwell

Are you interested in inviting Chairman Caldwell to visit your community? DRA has adopted a new process to connect with the Chairman so interested parties can select a variety of request options including speaking engagements, awards banquets, funding opportunities, groundbreaking announcements or site visits, meetings, and media interviews.

To connect with Chairman Caldwell, visit and submit a request.

Upcoming Events:

July 1, 2019
Delta Workforce Grant Cycle Opens
July 29, 2020
2020 WORC Grant Application Closes
July 16, 2019
DLI Application Cycle Closes
September 17, 2019 - September 19, 2019
Rural RISE Summit

Click Here To Submit An Event

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