DLI Executive Academy Volunteers with IRT Medical Missions

June 20, 2019

This week, 25 fellows from the Delta Regional Authority’s (DRA) Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy provided volunteer services at the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) medical mission at Cairo High School in Cairo, Illinois. In partnership with the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC), the Tri-State IRT mission provides no cost medical, dental, and optical services to residents who are uninsured, underinsured, or in need of quality care in Sikeston, Missouri, Barlow, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois. Executive Academy fellows assisted members of the armed forces with patient intake and processing throughout their clinical visit. Fellows heard from community leaders and uniform service members on the importance of community partnerships to successfully host an IRT mission as well as the impact of health and well-being to local and regional economic and community development.

“DRA is pleased to have our partnership with the Department of Defense to conduct IRT medical missions across the Delta region,” said DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell. “Over the past decade, DRA and DOD have partnered on 18 missions, providing essential medical, dental, and optical services to tens of thousands of underserved individuals residing in Delta communities. Being able to bring together DLI fellows and our men and women in uniform is a powerful experience and speaks to the importance of public service and volunteerism in our region and nation.”

The Delta Leadership Institute is a comprehensive regional training program of the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with regional institutions of higher education to support and education leaders committed to helping create jobs, build their communities, and improve the lives of their neighbors. The focus of the Executive Academy is on regional leadership and topics important to DRA and the region such as economic and community development, workforce training and education, small business development and entrepreneurship, public health, and culture and tourism. The DLI Executive Academy trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.

Community leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors interested in participating in the 2019-20 cohort can apply through July 16 at www.dra.gov/leadership. The 2019-2020 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy will run from October 2019-August 2020.


About the Delta Regional Authority

Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. Led bythe Delta Regional Authority Board-comprised of the Federal Co-Chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.

Contact: Aury Kangelos