The Health Education for Local Providers (HELP) Project improves educational opportunities for health care providers serving patients in the Delta. The HELP Project addresses the need to provide healthcare provider education that is easily accessible to local health care providers and focuses on the chronic diseases that plague the Arkansas Delta residents they serve; diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The HELP goal is to establish and maintain current best medical practices to address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity to better serve Delta patients.
The participating sites and rural residents to be served are located in Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Chicot, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Ouachita, St. Francis, and Union Counties. These are the nineteen most southern counties in Arkansas's Mississippi River Delta Region.