by News Bureau on Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 29, 2011 – Sandy Ortiz, director of the Southeast Health on Wheels (S.H.O.W.) Mobile program at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected by Gov. Jay Nixon to participate in the Delta Leadership Institute beginning next week in St. Louis.
“I am extremely honored and excited to have been selected by both the governor of Missouri and the Delta Regional Authority to participate in the Delta Leadership Institute and to become part of a network that is dedicated to improving and bringing meaningful sustainable change to the communities of the Delta Region, especially those in southeast Missouri,” Ortiz said.
She directs the S.H.O.W. Mobile, a 38-foot mobile health center that educates residents in the region on health promotion and disease prevention and provides health and dental services to those who have little or no access to services.
The Delta leadership Institute is sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority at The University of Alabama. Throughout the program, Institute members will meet in Little Rock, Ark., New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Memphis. Participants will graduate from the Institute in Point Clear, Ala.
The Delta Leadership Institute creates opportunities for a corps of leaders to receive specific training in the areas of innovative leadership, change strategy, collaboration and project management. In addition to learning more about the infrastructure of the diverse communities in the eight states they call home, leaders complete projects designed to improve some aspect of life close to home, including healthcare, education and communication technology.
Those interested in participating apply through the Delta Regional Authority. Governors from each of the states represented nominate participants for each cohort session. Participants are engaged in classes and formalized teamwork for one year, but remain active as alumni and serve as mentors and resources to the participants who follow. Candidates are selected for the program based on their lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities.
The first class of the Delta Leadership Institute met in 2005. The fifth class of the Delta Leadership Institute graduated in June of this year and joins more than 200 previous graduates of the program. In April 2006, the Delta Regional Authority board chose the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa to coordinate the Delta Leadership Institute.
The Delta Regional Authority works to improve life for the residents of 252 counties and parishes in parts of eight states. Led by a federal co-chairman appointed by the president and the governors of the eight states, the Delta Regional Authority fosters partnerships throughout the region as it attempts to improve the Delta economy.