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Delta Regional Forum - June 23 & 24, 2022

Delta Regional Forum

June 23 & 24, 2022
Coahoma County Higher Education Center
Clarksdale, Mississippi


Delta Regional Forum Program


The Delta Directions Consortium cordially invites you to attend the Annual Delta Regional Forum.


Hosted by the Delta Directions Consortium, the forum is intended to engage community and regional development practitioners and scholars working in and with partners in the multistate Delta region to learn from each other in pursuit of population health and wellbeing, economic renewal, and resilience.


This conference will include oral paper presentations, panels, workshops, and poster sessions. The event will be held in a beautiful and historic space in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi – the Coahoma County Higher Education Center.


Development practitioners, policy leaders, and scholars and students from diverse disciplines and fields are invited. These include community development, demography, sociology, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, public health, social work, law and public policy, just to name a few. Previous presenters have covered topics ranging from research on rural health disparities to community health interventions and economic development to improve wellbeing. For this year, a wide range of topics will be considered, including special attention to broadband and digital inclusion, heirs’ property, local food systems, food as medicine, and rural wellbeing across the life course.

Registration for the forum is $50 and $25 for students. Pre-registration must be completed by 12 midnight on June 10, 2022. Onsite payment via check or credit card will be $75 and $50 for students.


Registration and Payment Form


Here is the link for possible lodging options: VIEW LODGING OPTIONS


Background: The multistate Delta region ranges from southern Missouri and Illinois to Louisiana and Mississippi. The people and places along the Mississippi Delta share similarities in values, cultures, population characteristics, and economic circumstances, while there is also great diversity between and within states. Although the Delta is widely known for high poverty rates, geographic isolation, and health problems, it is also highly regarded for its cultural riches and innovative community and regional-level initiatives. We have many lessons to learn from each other and to share with others regarding our development, successes, and challenges, and we know that to overcome persistent problems, new pathways and collaborative endeavors are needed.


For more information, including interest in co-sponsoring this event, please contact John Green (Southern Rural Development Center) at jjg8@msstate.edu or (662) 325-0595.


The Delta Regional Forum is organized by the Southern Rural Development Center in collaboration with the Delta Directions Consortium (DDC). The DDC is an interdisciplinary network of individuals, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and foundations that work together to create positive social change in the multi-state Mississippi Delta Region.


The Delta Regional Forum is intended as a time and space for sharing diverse perspectives and experiences on development issues. The ideas expressed at the forum do not necessarily represent those of the partner organizations.



The Delta Directions Consortium (DDC) is an interdisciplinary network of individuals, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and foundations that work together to create positive social change in the multi-state Mississippi Delta Region.

The ideas expressed in any DDC related publications, presentations, meetings, or other media are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the perspectives or positions of partner organizations or the DDC as a whole.