ALABAMA – By the end of the day on Wednesday, Operation “Alabama Black Belt 2012,” operated through the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training Program, tracked more than 29,000 patient encounters. The Department of Defense estimates that is around 22,000 individuals, a number that quadrupled expectations.
From May 1 to 10, residents and neighbors of Hayneville, Selma, and Demopolis have been eligible to receive free medical and dental services from 250 medical personnel from across the nation with the National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Air Force Reserve. This initiative is a premiere world-class field training event for military forces and provides significant care to the residents of the medically under-served and economically depressed communities of Selma, Demopolis, and Hayneville, Alabama.
DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said, “Increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare in the Delta improves lives and communities. The overwhelming response over the last two weeks affirms how valuable the Armed Forces and Innovative Readiness Training are in our Region. The Delta Regional Authority will continue working to get important programs like this in our area.”
Jim Byrd Jr., Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs which administers the DRA program in Alabama said the event was a success for everyone involved.
“I know those who benefitted from these services are appreciative of this program and its success is shown in the numbers,” he said. “We are deeply indebted the work performed by dedicated service people and the commitment made to the area by the Delta Regional Authority.”
Operation “Alabama Black Belt 2012” – Delivering Free Medical and Dental Care to Delta Families
*Total patients in the three-county area of Alabama Total Patient Encounters: 29,173
*Financial Value: more than $3 million
*Total Patient Encounters: 5,140
* Selma, AL
-Total Patient Encounters: 12,752
-Total Patient Encounters: 11,476
Residents of the Delta region, including the Alabama Black Belt, consistently suffers from poor health outcomes. Compared with national rates, deaths in the Delta region from circulatory diseases are 16 percent higher and deaths from cancer are 12 percent higher. Between 2002 and 2006, infant mortality rates in the Delta region were almost 41 percent higher than non-Delta counties.
The Delta Regional Authority is congressionally mandated to identify and provide investment to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. In the past three years through a partnership with the Department of Defense, more than 70,000 Delta residents have received free medical and dental care.
For more information, please visit: www.dra.gov.
Representatives from the DRA said that from this past operation, more than 20,000 pair of eyeglasses were being ground. Information on how and when the glasses may be picked up can be obtained from the City Clerk in Selma.
No numbers were available for the dental work but on a conference call regarding the program, it was revealed that most of the people seen had never received any sort of dental care, and one man had to have 21 teeth removed.
The chief medical problems of the people seen were related in some way to obesity, such as diabetes.
During that call, members of the Operation spoke of how many of the patients seen had come from smaller communities throughout the region and that many of them had heard of the program through word of mouth.
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