Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative

Tougaloo College/Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative (TC/DHP)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.


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, increasing positive birth outcomes, and improving the overall health status and quality of life for teens, women, males, children and families in the Mississippi Delta


Improve Women’s Health

Promote Quality Service

Strengthen Family Resilience

Achieve Collective Impact

Increase Accountability/Quality Improvement, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation


We are here to serve you. Please use the contact information to inquire about our programs.

Mailing Address:

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

Site Locations:

320 East Main Street, Suite B
Marks, MS 38646

Serving: Quitman, Tunica, Coahoma, Tallahatchie

119 South Theobald Street
Suites 105 & 209
Greenville, MS 38701

Serving: Bolívar, Sunflower, Washington


Arletha Howard, MSN, RN
Project Director | Marks Site

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

DeJuan Watts
Male Involvement Coordinator | Marks Site

Chelesa Presley, CLE, CPST-I
Outreach Coordinator/Certified Lactation Educator/ Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor | Marks Site