DRA Hosts the Delta Wellness Mission 2021 to Provide Healthcare at No Cost to Patients

July 07, 2021

U.S. Department of Defense to hold Innovative Readiness Training from July 9-17th in Lake Village, AR; Greenville, MS; and Lake Providence, LA.

LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Military’s reserve forces, will host the tri-state Delta Wellness Mission 2021 in Lake Village, AR; Greenville, MS; and Lake Providence, LA from July 9-17, 2021 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.  “Partnering with DoD to bring IRT programs to Delta communities is yet another way that DRA works to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of Delta residents.  We thank our military and community partners for investing countless hours of planning, implementing, and carrying out the Delta Wellness Mission 2021 so our neighbors who need it most receive healthcare services at no cost to them.”

The Delta Wellness Mission 2021 is a Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, a DoD military training opportunity 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 lens glasses, and dental exams and extractions.

“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.

Military personnel will offer vision, dental, and basic medical services to the public at no cost to patients.  There are no income or residency requirements to receive treatment, and providers will treat patients ages three and older. Patients will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Lake Village, AR
Lakeside High School
336 US 82 West

Greenville, MS
Greenville High School
419 E. Robertshaw St.

Lake Providence, LA
General Trass High School
700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.

Mission Dates
July 9-17, 2021

Hours of Operation
Friday, July 9th:  1PM – 5PM
Saturday, July 10th:  8AM – 5PM
Sunday, July 11th:  1PM – 5PM
Monday, July 12th – Friday, July 16th:  8AM – 5PM
Saturday, July 17th:  8AM – 1PM

Please visit IRT.defense.gov for more information.


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