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Bridges Winter 2016-2017

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for Community Reinvestment Act officers, academics and government of

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I N D E X T H E F E D E R A L R E S E R V E B A N K o f S T . L O U I S | C E N T R A L T O A M E R I C A ' S E C O N O M Y W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 Working Together to Address the Wealth Gap 5 7 9 Community and Economic Development: Around the Globe and Back to the Mississippi Delta Region 12 Steps to Financial Success: Empowering At-Risk Adults >> continued on Page 3 By Deborah Moore cross the U.S., several Promise Neighborhoods have been estab- lished under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Edu- cation Program. Since its inception through the Harlem Children's Zone, the program has become a widely her- alded public-private partnership that provides education and community services to low-income parents and children. In 2010, the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) received a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Education to begin building the infrastructure needed for the Indianola Prom- ise Neighborhood (Community). Indianola was poised for this work to mirror many aspects of the Harlem Children's Zone in regard to need and demographics. e implementation grant received in 2012 allowed DHA to create a continuum of services for children and families in Indianola to support their success. Indianola is a small city located in rural Sunflower County in the Missis- sippi Delta. Historically, agricultural and manufacturing industries were Indianola Promise Community: Improving Academic Outcomes in the Delta the employers of most residents; many of these jobs have either moved out of the country or simply no longer exist because of changes in agriculture brought on by technological advances. As a result, many economic, educa- tion and social disparities exist in Indianola. Almost 80 percent of city residents are African-American, with over one- third living below the federal poverty level. e annual median household income is $27,941. Indianola Promise Community (IPC) has 3,000-plus children under 18 years of age in its footprint. IPC targets the four public schools in Indianola with approxi- mately 2,200 students. DHA, also located in the rural Mississippi Delta, is the umbrella organization for IPC. DHA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to change health care and education in the region by improving access to health services, promoting healthier lifestyles and expanding educational opportunities. DHA has been a leader in supporting and oper- ating community-based clinics that serve as a medical home for patients; implementing new technologies such as electronic health records, health information exchange networks, and telehealth diagnosis and treatment centers; managing innovative educa- tion programs in community settings; and creating robust home visitation programs that address neonatal and early-childhood education challenges. Indianola Promise Community and Sunflower County Consolidated School District Kids' Showcase: As part of IPC Week, students from Carver Elementary participate by demonstrating dance, music and athletics. A

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