MERIT CASE STUDY

Delta Health Alliance

Creating a lasting community of medical professionals in the Mississippi Delta region

Challenge

This non-profit wanted to deliver relevant job opportunities to healthcare and early childhood education program graduates from local universities and community colleges, in order to curb unemployment while keeping talent in the Delta region.

Merit’s solution

Merit’s verified program completion records are used to directly connect recently-graduated professionals with top regional employers hiring for relevant, in-demand positions.

Without Merit

Agencies and organizations often rely on legacy communication methods, such as random newsletters or generalized signage at events, that fail to connect with qualified candidates. The lack of a convenient and secure way for students and workers to carry and rapidly verify credentials leads to lost opportunities.

Possible Funding Sources

  • Federal and/or state grant(s)
  • Legislation such as WIOA or the American Rescue Plan
  • Direct contracts
70%
merit acceptance rate within first week
30 - 50%
clickthroughs in weekly Opportunity Digest emails that take participants straight to the app
2 - 4
average clicks per participant to job postings

OVERVIEW

Merit has partnered with Delta Health Alliance, a coalition of health care industry partners, workforce training centers, and economic development agencies serving rural counties in the Mississippi Delta region. Potential employers can verify candidate credentials, then match and incentivize professionals who qualify for in-demand positions, helping build durable medical communities in underserved rural areas.

Supporting the full job procurement lifecycle–quickly & programmatically

Merit's verified identity ecosystem helps maintain complete, digital records of workers' apprenticeships, certifications, and occupational licenses, connecting them with training and job opportunities, as well as supportive services for which they qualify. With Merit, states can help people quickly return to work and advance robust economic recovery.

QUOTES

“Merit has provided an excellent platform for connecting students and employers in the Mississippi Delta region. The mutual benefit of students being able to see jobs tailored to their individual credentials, along with having a way for healthcare professionals and early childhood education providers to get their job opportunities directly into the hands of qualified individuals is truly enriching the lives of many people.” –Allison Washington, Delta Health Alliance Associate VP of Community Outreach

About Merit

Merit’s verified identity platform brings visibility, liquidity, and trust to people-data, giving organizations the clarity to make better-informed decisions, engage with individuals effectively, and pursue their mission efficiently. Merit works with trusted private, state, and municipal organizations to solve critical real-world problems in sectors such as workforce development, emergency services, licensing, education, and defense readiness.

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