Bridging The Great Health Divide

  Doctor shortage puts strain on local practice

In the past decade, rural counties in the Arkansas Delta have lost half of their primary care doctors.

  Investigators: After years-long, county-wide food desert, Mississippi county finally gets own grocery store

  SisterReach opens pantry and boutique to serve those in need

  Creating a healthier Memphis: Program brings healthy foods to public schools

  Parents of troubled children share experience with UofM’s Regional Instructional Program

  Mid-South doctors go door to door to immunize Shelby County’s most vulnerable population

  Memphis group starts community fridge project to combat food insecurity

Continued Coverage

  Former VP Al Gore joins Byhalia Pipeline protest in Memphis, calls it ‘environmental racism’

  City of Memphis hosts vaccine pop up site to reach low uptake locations

  The Investigators: Babies are born underweight in these two Mississippi counties

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

  Video series with Black health leaders answer vaccine questions

  Pastor pushes for pop-up vaccination sites across Shelby County for underserved communities

‘Diabetes Belt’ runs through much of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta

In 358 of the 662 counties in the Appalachian and Delta regions, adults had higher-than-average diabetes rates.

Some rural areas hit hard with cancer deaths

Cancer claims millions of lives in the U.S. each year. Access to treatment, preventative care and screenings is a unique hardship for some people in rural areas.

Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.

  Lawmakers, community leaders raising concerns about proposed pipeline

A lot of folks are worried the Byhalia Pipeline could endanger the Memphis aquifer.

  Second dose anxiety continues after winter storms close vaccine sites

  State officials working on ways to help elderly Tennesseans make vaccine appointments

  Health leaders push to inform minority communities on COVID-19 vaccine

  Whitehaven residents get vaccinated as health dept. looks to close racial gap

  Tennessee partners with Walmart and local pharmacies in distributing vaccines to underserved communities

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

  Shelby County Health Dept. and Southwest to open Whitehaven vaccination site

The site is located at the Whitehaven Center on Finley Road and is only for those getting their first vaccine.

  Memphis church holds forum with leading vaccine researcher

One Memphis pastor is trying to expand knowledge of the vaccine to the community’s African American population.

  Hospitals, Tennessee universities commit to provide opportunities for Black med students

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is making a commitment with universities in Tennessee to help shape the health care workers of tomorrow.

Gray Television to use Google funding toward health coverage in Mississippi Delta, Appalachia

The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.

  Construction scheduled to start for Memphis’ first community land trust home

Next month construction on a piece of property in Binghampton will kick-off the official start of something new in the city.

  City leaders hold ribbon cutting for Raleigh Springs Civic Center

A highly anticipated civic center is now open in the Mid-South.

  ‘Healthy Frayser’ initiative to bring free healthy food to neighborhood

A brand new cafe is coming to the Frayser community where people can get healthy food for free.

  The Investigators: Where you live could determine whether you’ll survive COVID-19

Where you live plays a major role in whether you’ll survive COVID-19 if you contract the disease.

  The Investigators: Quitman County will finally get its first grocery store in 3 years

For years now, the people of Quitman County, Mississippi have been without easy access to fresh food.

  Some rural West Tennessee counties see rise in COVID-19 cases

In the past 14 days, Fayette county added 257 cases. Tipton county increased its COVID-19 count by 262 and Dyer County saw a whopping 473 new cases.

  Experts concerned about recent spike in overdose deaths amid pandemic

Local addiction experts are concerned about a recent spike in suspected overdose-related deaths in Shelby County.

  5 Star Stories: Miracles of the South Memphis Farmers Market

Visitors of The South Memphis Farmers Market call it an oasis for the community that’s making miracles happen and changing lives.

  Doctor shares how telehealth can help those battling addiction, health conditions amid pandemic

A Tennessee physician who’s recovering from drug addiction himself says telehealth has changed his practice for the better.

  The Investigators: Why one zip code has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County

Health officials are keeping a watchful eye on the number of COVID-19 cases in one Shelby County community.

  Mid-South rehabilitation facilities adapt during pandemic to ensure treatment for patients

A problem that isn’t going away during this pandemic is killing hundreds of people a day -- the opioid epidemic continues in the United States.

  The Investigators: Mississippi counties hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic

New data obtained by WMC Action News 5 shows parts of Mississippi have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  The Investigators: This Mississippi county feeds people across the world but its residents can’t buy fresh produce

Quitman County became a food desert overnight when its only full-service grocery store closed in 2017.