Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 917,092 people Ė 203,390 living in rural Delaware (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The stateís largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.7% of the stateís population is white, 21.9% is Black/African American, and 8.4% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2011).
There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2010). The state has no hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Delaware, and 4 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 11 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2012). 11.0% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Delaware residents in 2011 was $41,448, although rural per-capita income lagged at $34,988. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 12.4% exists in rural Delaware, compared to a 12.7% level in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 14.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 12.0% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Delaware is 7.3% and in urban Delaware, it is 7.3% (USDA-ERS, 2011).
For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Delaware Community Foundation
A foundation that works for the betterment of Delaware residents. Distributes grants and scholarships.
Delaware Division of Child Support Enforcement
Contains information about the purpose of child support, how and where to apply for services, the types of services offered, and general information about the child support enforcement process.
Delaware Division of Public Health (DDPH)
Includes a wide range of programs and services, all aimed toward protecting and improving the health of the people who live and work in Delaware.
Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS)
Works to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.
Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health: Minority Health Services
Works to protect and improve the health of the people who live and work in Delaware.
Delaware Health Care Commission (DHCC)
Works to ensure basic, affordable health care for all Delawareans. Focuses on health care access through programs and initiatives. Administers the Delaware State Loan Repayment Program.
Delaware Healthcare Association (DEHA)
Serves as a leader in the promotion of effective change in health services through collaboration and consensus building on health care issues at the State and Federal levels.
Delaware Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health. Collects and disseminates rural health information across the state. Coordinates rural health interests and activities statewide.
First State Community Action Agency
Works towards the elimination of the root causes of poverty and to make less severe the effects of poverty on low-income people by providing a range of services and activities that have a measurable and potentially major impact on overall community welfare.
HUD Community Development Block Grants: Delaware
Contact information for the State CDBG program. Provides funding for community development projects.
Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC)
Works to provide health care services to the medically underserved and uninsured in Maryland and Delaware. MACHC is built on delivering accessible, affordable, cost effective and quality primary health care to those in need in rural and urban communities.
Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR)
Supports collaboration among libraries and information centers that serve health information needs in Delaware, New Jersey , New York and Pennsylvania.
Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the nation. Focuses on rural issues including community and economic development, food systems, natural resources, and entrepreneurship. Serves a 12 state area in the Northeast region which includes CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, PA, WV, NH, ME, MD, VT.
Quality Insights of Delaware
Delaware State Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) that helps health care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP)
Helps rural communities in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to improve community infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Delaware
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
USDA Rural Development Delaware State Office
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
Delaware Health Centers Data
Provides access to information on Federally Qualified Health Centers for the state. Includes a map of FQHC locations, as well as information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Delaware KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Delaware State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
ERS State Fact Sheet: Delaware
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
National Healthcare Quality Report State Snapshot: Delaware
Health care quality report for the state, based on the National Healthcare Quality Report.
NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region: Delaware Resources
Overview of the state and provides links to state agencies, health associations, and other resources for residents of Delaware.
Primary Care in Delaware (Video)
A ten minute video regarding primary care opportunities and recruitment in Delaware.
See also: State-by-State Resources: Tools
BJís Charitable Foundation
Funding for hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education to those who are underserved.
Claneil Foundation Special Project Fund
Provides seed funding to emerging nonprofits, or to new projects of established organizations in the areas of education; environment; health and human services; and hunger and nutrition.
Delaware State Loan Repayment Program
Offers loan repayment assistance to health care professionals who agree to practice in a medically underserved area of Delaware for a minimum of two years.
Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants
Supports local organizations with funding priority given to programs that focus on education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region Funding
Provides funding for National Network of Libraries members located in the Middle Atlantic region to assist them in conducting outreach and technology projects.
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program
Funding for becoming an NIMH Outreach Partner to conduct statewide, science-based mental health outreach and education efforts.
Nonprofit Training Resource Fund
Grants to organizations for employees to attend approved classes and courses that will enhance their job performance.
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Loan Fund Program
Provides low-interest loans to low-income rural communities for predevelopment costs, system upgrades and new construction of water and wastewater services and facilities.
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs
Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, and environmental consciousness.
Inactive Funding Opportunities -
Lists additional funding programs for this state that are not currently accepting applications. Programs that are inactive may be offered again in the future.
Documents, Reports and Other Publications
Aiming Higher for Health System Performance: A Profile of Seven States That Perform Well on the Commonwealth Fundís 2009 State Scorecard
Author(s): Greg Moody, Sharon Silow-Carroll
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
Demonstrates that high levels of health system performance are achievable and sustainable, and provides useful examples of policies and practices in Vermont, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Delaware that may be associated with health system improvement.
Date: 10 / 2009
Demographic and Economic Profile: Delaware
Author(s): Kathleen K. Miller
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
Discusses demographic and economic data including population, race, education, age, poverty, income, and more. Includes maps and graphics.
Date: 02 / 2009
Small Business Profile: Delaware
Sponsoring organization: Small Business Administration
Profile of the state's economy, covering the number of firms, industry composition, small business income, banking, women and minority business ownership, and employment.
Date: 2 / 2013
See also: State-by-State Resources: Documents
La Red Health Center
La Esperanza sought to establish a community-based health center to improve access to care for Latinos, African Americans, families living in poverty, and other rural residents with health care needs.