Delta Rural Health Initiative | GrowWell TN

GrowWell TN is a West Tennessee Rural Health Delta Initiative funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Grow Well serves the 18 rural West Tennessee counties and focuses on programs to address needs identified by providers and residents of the region including school-based health services to proactively prevent obesity and address behavioral health among at-risk children, care coordination, chronic disease self-management, access to affordable medicines, access to medical specialists, and transportation assistance.

The target population for GrowWell TN is adults and children in rural communities throughout the region who are at risk for obesity or those who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The primary partners of the GrowWell TN Consortium are Paris-Henry County Healthcare Foundation and Henry County Medical Center, Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and Hardeman County Community Health Center. The new initiative focuses for the 2020-2023 grant cycle include navigating the delivery of traditional programs in new and innovative ways, exploring telehealth options for providers and patients, and an emphasis on evidence-based health education for children and adults.

GrowWell TN meets quarterly and regularly participates in community meetings and events throughout the region. If you would like more information or to be involved, visit growwelltn.org or find us on Facebook.

In Henry County, the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation provides both Chronic Disease Case Management and Pharmacy Assistance to patients who qualify. Tina Umstead, LPN Nurse Case Manager and Pharmacy Assistance Program Coordinator, along with the dedicated nurses at HCMC work together to provide these services for residents of Henry County and West Tennessee.

The Foundation offers chronic disease prevention classes like Cardiac Rehab Nutrition, Shopping Smart, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Take Control of Your Diabetes, and Smoking Cessation classes. To view a schedule of upcoming classes, visit the Classes & Events  section of our website.

The Chronic Disease Management Program offers monthly screenings and individual chronic disease management counseling to individuals with insurance as well as those with limited or no health insurance. Chronic Disease Management screenings include:

  • Blood Pressure Reading
  • Blood Glucose Level
  • A1C
  • Lipid Panel Cholesterol
  • BMI
For a complete list of screenings visit the  Classes & Events section of the website. If you would like additional information on the program, please contact   Tina Umstead, LPN  at 731-644-8215.

The Pharmacy Assistance program is designed to assist individuals who have limited or no prescription drug coverage. Through this program, individuals who qualify are able to receive their prescriptions at little to no cost. For more information on the Pharmacy Assistance program, contact  Tina Umstead, LPN  at 731-644-8215.   Learn more about the Delta Health Initiatives in the other 17 counties.