The Center has been awarded the Delta Regional Community Health Systems Development Program (DRCHSD) Cooperative Agreement

January 2018
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

On behalf 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 (The Center) is proud to support the hospitals and clinics in eight selected AR, LA, MS and MO communities through the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program.

The DRCHSD Program assists leaders and providers in identifying and addressing health care needs while strengthening the local health care system. Selected hospitals and communities will receive technical assistance to make in-depth health system enhancements over multiple years with the goal to help them:

  • 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

The technical assistance consists of a multi-year phased in approach designed to increase the efficiency of the local health care delivery system practices by focusing on care coordination, social services integration, emergency medical services access, and workforce recruitment and retention. To learn more about the DRA and FORHP collaboration to support rural communities through the DRCHSD Program, visit the Delta Region Authority website.

For more information or questions about the National Rural Health Resource Center, please contact Sally Buck at (218) 216-7025 or

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U65RH31261, Delta Region Health Systems Development, $2,000,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.