Partnerships for Training Distance Learning Project Trains Clinicians to Serve the Health Needs of Mississippi Delta Residents
From 1995 to 2003, the Delta Health Education Partnership developed a distance-education (interactive video and Web-based courses) degree program for nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife and physician assistant students in the federally designated Medically Underserved Area of the lower Mississippi Delta (parts of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana).
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partnerships for Training: Regional Education Systems for Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives and Physician Assistants national program.
- The Delta Health Education Partnership developed a distance-education 15- to 24-month full- or part-time program for nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife and physician assistant students in Medically Underserved Areas in the lower Mississippi Delta.
- Students could take about one-third of their courses online.
- The Delta Health Education Partnership enrolled 189 students, 30 percent of whom were members of minorities.
- All program graduates (180) were practicing in Medically Underserved Areas of the lower Mississippi Delta.