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USDA Invests $998K in Winrock International’s Delta Health Project

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $998,834 in a Winrock-Led project that aims to improve worker health in the Delta.

The two-year USDA Supporting Health Advances for Rural Employees (SHARE) project is being implemented by Winrock and partners that include the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, the Arkansas Community Health Worker Association and Community Health Centers of Arkansas

The project involves conducting worksite assessments and providing health curricula development training, wellness screenings and training to some of the region’s largest employers in Mississippi, St. Francis, Phillips, and Chicot counties. The project is designed to reach up to 20 employers or worksites, 100 employer managers, 4,000 employees and up to 16,000 family members.

Using the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard, the project will identify strengths and areas for improvement in health topics like stress management, nutrition, alcohol and substance use disorder, heart attack and stroke. Resulting recommendations could propose ways to include healthier food options at workplaces, establish worksite food pantries and/or improve support to employees recovering from substance use disorders, according to a news release.

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