Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program

With the support of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Health Resources Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the National Rural Health Resource Center provides selected rural Delta hospitals, clinics and their communities with technical assistance through the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program. The purpose of the DRCHSD Program is to assist leaders and providers in identifying and addressing health care needs while strengthening the local health care system. 

DRCHSD Program Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program is to make in-depth health system enhancements to position eligible hospitals and clinics, and their communities for population health.

Selected hospitals and clinics, and their communities receive technical assistance to make in-depth health system enhancements over multiple years with the goal to:

  • Improve financial position and increase operational efficiencies
  • Implement quality improvements that support an evidenced-based culture for improved health outcomes
  • Address workforce recruitment and retention needs
  • Increase use of telemedicine to fill service gaps and access to care
  • Ensure access to and availability of Emergency Medical Services
  • Integrate social services to address socio-economic challenges
  • Enhance coordination of care and develop a community care coordination plan
  • Strengthen the local health care delivery system to position for population health

For more information, contact Bethany Adams at (859) 806-2940 or drchsd-program@ruralcenter.org.

DRA Chief of Staff, Brian Henson at bhenson@dra.gov.

DRA Program Manager, Christina Wade at cwade@dra.gov.

DRCHSD Program Officer Rachel Moscato with FORHP at rmoscato@hrsa.gov

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10,000,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $0 amount and 0% funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.