A third year PhD student, driven, passionate, persistent, and eager to change the world, or at least the Mississippi Delta, and unwilling to hear – it cannot be done, I (Catherine) set out to explore and identify the needs and health concerns of a county ranked as one of the least healthy counties in the nation in 2011. My doctoral dissertation project was a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment designed with the intention of identifying priority health concerns and using the findings to bring in external funding to address identified needs and increase quality of life for residents. Since 2011, I have obtained over five million dollars in grant funding to improve the health of the community. The majority of the funding was obtained for the brick and mortar for a Wellness Center, referred to hereafter as the Center, accompanying 1.25 outdoor walking path and state-of-the-art playground, which created a park like setting and recreational facility, the first of its kind for the community. The mission of the Center is to inspire and empower residents to lead healthy lives through an array of programs, services, and resources that enable prevention, address the root cause of disease and ultimately improve health outcomes and quality of life.
Following graduation in 2013, I took a full-time job with the Center where I have since served as the Executive Director, health and wellness coach, and program designer. Just before the Center opened in January of 2016, Jennifer approached me about transitioning from a traditional nursing career and following her passion for health and wellness by coming to work at the Center. As a nurse by training with over 15 years of experience working in home health and hospitals in one of the least healthy places in the nation, she brought a plethora of first-hand experience and knowledge to addressing chronic health conditions, namely overweight, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. After initial discussion, we immediately realized our combined potential, passion for helping people, and complimentary areas of expertise and credentials. Since the Center opened in January of 2016, we have helped countless people to lose weight and keep it off, improve self-management of chronic health conditions, alleviate anxiety and depression, reduce and often eliminate chronic pain, teach people to make healthy choices and help people to truly thrive and enjoy an enhanced well-being and quality of life.
With our combined efforts as well as other health initiatives and increasing access to healthcare, the county has since moved from being ranked 81st of 82 in counties in Mississippi as having the second to last least healthy health status to most recently being ranked 60th. Working in the Mississippi Delta where population health status is extremely poor and mirrors that of developing countries, we have had the opportunity to learn first-hand what it takes to truly make lifestyle changes that support wellness and improve health outcomes. We have been able to help people lose significant amounts of weight, empower clients to take individual control of their health and their life and live lives they never could have dreamed. Our track record of helping clients is extraordinary. A few of our client testimonials are provided where you can learn more about some of their success stories. After several years of working at the Center and achieving such incredible outcomes, we realized the need to take expand our reach and help people state and nationwide. Thus, Delta Health Solutions was born and provided us a platform to help anyone and to deliver our engaging, informative workshops, everywhere both in person and online. We would love the opportunity to work with and empower you - Join in on the success and live a life free from disease and suffering and THRIVE. Change is truly possible, let us guide you.