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Major Delta Health Initiative Conference in Lake Village, AR on Sept. 5, 2013

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM

The Delta Grassroots Caucus would like to forward this message about a very important regional health care conference convened by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) set for Sept. 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Village Expo Center in Lake Village, Arkansas.

(NOTE: Quick update on Oct. 17-18 Delta regional conference in Memphis: Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson and former Congressman Mike Ross, the two front-running candidates in the hotly contested Arkansas governors race, have confirmed that they will speak at this conference.)

Other confirmed speakers include Mayor A. C. Wharton of Memphis, and we expect several Members of Congress to be there, as usual. We will have experts on job creation and entrepreneurialism, healthcare for underserved areas, the agriculture, nutrition, and rural development sections of the farm bill, transportation, broadband expansion and other infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency, Delta heritage tourism, and other key regional issues.

We will have community leaders from all eight states of the Greater Delta Region. Health care for underserved areas in the Delta, nutrition and job creation will be key issues for the Memphis conference.

For schedule, registration, and group hotel information about the Oct. 17-18 Delta conference at the Memphis Agri-Center, go to the website at and go to the “Caucus Articles” link and scroll down to the article about the Oct. 17-18 Delta conference at the Memphis Agri-Center.)

Regarding Lake Village Delta Health Initiative Program, we are forwarding this information sent to us by Catherine Bain of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, including how to RSVP if you are interested in attending.

Seating is Limited so please let them know if you’ll be at this conference by emailing Cathy Bain at:

We would like to express our appreciation to Congressman Crawford for convening this conference as well as the many partners across the Delta who are involved.

This promises to be an excellent and informative event and we encourage all our partners who can schedule this to be there.


You are invited to attend a conference convened by Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) to discuss health challenges, explore collaboration opportunities, and identify ways to maximize impact on the health of people living in the Delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

September 5, 2013 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Lake Village Expo Center | 1411 Park Street | Lake Village, AR 71653


9:00 am | Lake Village Farmers Market Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

9:30 am | Registration at the Lake Village Expo Center (1411 Park Street | Lake Village, AR 71653)

10:00 am | Welcome

Lake Village Mayor JoAnne Bush

Ray Hanley, CEO, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas Surgeon General and Conference Moderator

10:15 am | Observations on Public Health: Panel lead by Dr. Joe Bates, Arkansas Department of Health, Physicians and Providers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi

11:00 am | The Role of Medicaid in the Delta: Panelists: Andy Allison (Arkansas), Ruth Kennedy (Louisiana), David Dzielak MD (Mississippi)

11:45 am | Break (lunch provided)

12:15 pm | A Federal Perspective: Congressman Rick Crawford (D-AR), Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill, Congressmen Bennie Thompson (D-MS) (invited), and other members of the Arkansas Delegation (invited)

1:00 pm | Making a difference in the Delta: Timed, small group discussions on Delta programs (public & private) sharing what’s working, making connections, increasing impact

2:00 pm | Delta Funders Road Tour - get connected to potential funders: Arkansas Community Foundation, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Walmart Foundation, AR Department of Human Services Division of Community Service & Nonprofit Support

3:30 pm | Wrap Up and Next Steps

Seating is Limited so please let us know if you’ll be joining us by emailing Cathy Bain at:

Additional Information from Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care about the Sept. 5 Lake Village Conference

Please register for the Delta Health Initiatives Program (DHIP) conference, Thursday, September 5 at the Lake Village Expo Center. We are excited about the opportunity of bringing people together to find common ground, discuss what’s working, identify ways we can work together and support one another - all for the goal of maximizing efforts to improve the health of the people living in the tri-state Delta of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Our day will open with registration at 9:30am and the conference will begin at 10:00am. We have exciting news that this morning we’ve confirmed the Delta Funders Road Tour will be joining the Delta Health Initiatives Program (DHIP) at the Lake Village Expo Center- rather than their originally scheduled venue at the Lake Village Fire Station.

Above in this message is the revised DHIP Save the Date! agenda incorporating the Delta Funders session at 2:00pm. In addition to our original schedule of a day exploring how we are working to improve health in the Delta and how to amplify our efforts, this is an added opportunity for people who are excited about making a difference to get together with Funders interested in helping make things happen.

In the Delta Funders session, you’ll get tips on writing a quality grant application and making the connections for a solid proposal, you’ll also hear directly from the Funders and learn what types of projects they support.

If you have a Fact Sheet on your project(s) and activity(ies) in the Delta and you haven’t already, please don’t forget to get that to me by close of business Monday, August 26 so we can include it in the e-syllabus/resource library.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to let Catherine Bain of AFMC know (her contact info is below). Otherwise, we’ll see you September 5 in Lake Village.

Catherine Bain, Arkansas Foundation for Health Care

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