In October, NE Delta HSA hosted its Delta Solutions Rural Health Summit: From Theory to Practice for regional healthcare and social services leadership.
The Summit program included solution-based discussions including:
o How a rural community can identify its individual capacities, abilities and assets to identify resources and create a plan to help solve its problems
o How to address and deepen the understanding of diversity, cultural norms and stigma in rural behavioral healthcare settings
o The importance of support services and integrated healthcare to improve recovery, sustainability and the continuum of care
Deepening the understanding of stigma, cultural norms, ethnic challenges, fragmented systems and coordination of resources helps communities, especially rural areas, develop a holistic approach to treating and supporting recovery.
NE Delta HSA collected data from the Summit's activities, which will enable us to identify areas for improvement.
This Summit was possible through a 2015 Seed Grant award from Magellan of Louisiana.
We wish to thank each of the outstanding speakers, panelists and participants who made the Delta Summit meaningful:
Lynn Clark - The Children's Coalition of NE Louisiana
Mary Barrios - Union Parish Alliance for Community Transformation
Pamela Saulsberry - University of Louisiana Monroe
Jane Brandon - The Wellspring
David Alvarez -Jefferson Parish Alliance of Concerned Citizens
Alisa Lear - NE Delta HSA Board Chair
Brian Byrd - Volunteers of America North Louisiana
Felicia Downs - NE Delta HSA Clinic Manager
Naomi Grayson - Monroe Housing Authority
Kerry J. Scott - Horizon Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Mark Thomas - The Extra Mile of NE Louisiana
And thanks to Avius Zimmerman, NE Delta HSA Director of Corporate Compliance, who earned the seed grant award, planned and implemented the Summit.
to see more photos from the Rural Health Summit!