DRA, DoD Medical Missions Completed Services More Than $1.1 Million at No Cost to 2,920 Patients

August 23, 2022

Mission servicemembers in Western Kentucky, South Central Missouri, and Southern Illinois performed over 9,000 medical, dental, and optical care services as part of joint military training program.

CLARKSDALE, MS – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) resulted in over $1.1 million in estimated value of services at no cost to the 2,920 patients cared for during the Western Kentucky, South Central Missouri, and Southern Illinois Wellness Missions.  The medical missions brought hundreds of servicemembers to Hopkinsville, KY; Ava, Eminence, and Houston, MO; and Carbondale, IL during three medical training missions this summer which provided for over 9,000 medical, dental, and optical care services. 

“While the availability of quality, affordable healthcare is a challenge for many Americans, especially within our rural communities, Delta Regional Authority continues to seek solutions to combat this issue,” said Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins.  “Through our partnership with the Department of Defense, nearly 3,000 Delta residents were able to have a troublesome tooth extracted, receive a new pair of glasses, or get a blood pressure checkup, all at no cost to them.  Bringing IRT missions to Delta communities is just one way that DRA is working to create better access to quality healthcare for the people we serve.”

The Western Kentucky Wellness Mission (Hopkinsville, KY from June 15-25, 2022), South Central Missouri Wellness Mission (Ava, Eminence, and Houston, MO from June 29-July 8, 2022), and Southern Illinois Wellness Mission (Carbondale, IL from July 22-31, 2022) were all part of the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, a DoD military training program that delivers joint training opportunities to increase deployment readiness while simultaneously providing key healthcare services with lasting benefits for Delta 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 and wellness exams, vision exams and single vision glasses, and dental exams and extractions.  Military personnel offered vision, dental, and basic medical services to the public at no cost to patients. 

A breakdown of the mission outcomes are as followed:

Western Kentucky Wellness Mission

  • Total Number of Patients: 807
  • Total Number of Procedures/Services Provided: 2,385
    • Medical, Nutrition, Behavioral Health: 799
    • Dental: 1,589
    • Optometry: N/A
  • Total Mission Value: $221,553.06

                   

South Central Missouri Wellness Mission

  • Total Number of Patients: 1,358
  • Total Number of Procedures/Services Provided: 4,438
    • Medical, Nutrition, Behavioral Health: 291
    • Dental: 3,687
    • Optometry: 460
  • Total Mission Value: $661,643.00

 

Southern Illinois Wellness Mission

  • Total Number of Patients: 755
  • Total Number of Procedures/Services Provided: 2,456
    • Medical, Nutrition, Behavioral Health: 318
    • Dental: 1,708
    • Optometry: 430
  • Total Mission Value: $275,011.67

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About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov