Tougaloo College/Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative (TC/DHP) is a division of the Owens Health and Wellness Center. The project began working to reduce infant mortality among high-risk and underserved residents of the Mississippi Delta in 1999. TC/DHP targets seven delta area counties that are some of the most disadvantaged areas in the country which includes: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica, and Washington counties. Residents face the daily challenges associated with abject poverty, chronic unemployment, limited educational opportunities, and extreme rural living. They also face a health care infrastructure weakened by increasing demand, rising costs, and diminishing resources.

Vision:  To expand high quality comprehensive maternal child and family services through advocacy and direct service provision resulting in safe, healthy families and inclusive thriving communities

Mission: To reduce infant mortality, increase positive birth outcomes, and improve the overall health status and quality of life for teens, women, males, children and families in the Mississippi Delta

Mailing Address:

Tougaloo College/ Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative
P.O. Box 349
Marks, MS 38646
Site Locations:

1054 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Marks, MS 38646

Serving: Quitman, Tunica, Coahoma, Tallahatchie

540 West Main Street, Suite 201
Greenville, MS 38701

Serving: Bolívar, Sunflower, Washington

Contact Us:

Arletha Howard, DrPH, MSN, RN
Project Director | Marks Site

Carol Mack, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Field Supervisor | Greenville Site

DeJuan Watts
Male Involvement Coordinator | Marks Site