The Delta Rural Health Initiative

The Delta Rural Health Initiative is a program that delivers preventative and clinical health services for individuals with or at risk of developing chronic diseases in rural West Tennessee. Services provided through the Delta Rural Health Initiative include:

  • Chronic Disease Care Management
  • Pharmacy Assistance
  • School-Based Preventative Programs
  • Community Education and Outreach

In 2013, Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. and Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being were awarded the $1.53 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the second time. This grant extends for three years, beginning August 1, 2013 and ending July 31, 2016. The primary purpose of the Delta Initiative is to provide a comprehensive network of services that focus on chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension and the risk factors associated with these diseases. The programs provided through the Delta Initiative are a collaborative effort of multiple health care and social service organizations located in the 20 counties in rural West Tennessee.

Counties participating in the Delta Initiative include Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Henry, Henderson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Tipton and Weakley.

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, Journey for Control Diabetes, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, and Take Control of Your Diabetes 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
  • 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 19 counties.