Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative


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. TC/DHP has serves as a major support system for residents and proud of the impact of providing quality, comprehensive care and services to infants, children, c-parents, and women.  TC/DHP is committed to continuing concerted efforts to reduce infant mortality. 


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.


To reduce infant mortality, increase positive birth outcomes, and improve the overall health status and quality of life for women, infants, children, men, and families in the Mississippi Delta. 

The four approaches that drive project activities focused on decreasing infant mortality and progress towards achieving Healthy Start Benchmarks include: 

  • Improving women’s health
  • Improving family health and wellness
  • Promoting systems change, and
  • Assuring impact and effectiveness through workforce development, data collection, quality improvement, performance monitoring, and evaluation

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