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Other Collections of Program Examples

In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations rural program examples, you may also want to browse other databases and websites with collections of health programs.

Each resource listed below uses its own criteria for selecting program examples, which may range from programs known to be effective based on research to anecdotal accounts. In each resource, you may want to review information on the level of evidence required for a program's inclusion.

May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.

Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 1
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top 10 rural health priority areas identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 2 discusses priorities 11-20.) Topics addressed include: health insurance, primary care, emergency services, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, mental health, substance abuse, heart disease and stroke, physical activity, older adults, maternal and child health, and tobacco use. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities
Covers childhood obesity in rural communities including common themes and lessons learned, the role of early care, education, and out-of-school time in obesity prevention. Also provides examples of community initiatives and recommendations to policymakers for preventing obesity.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nemours Foundation
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Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships Between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations
Explores the strategies and rewards behind eight partnerships between community foundations and rural development organizations in Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Alabama example includes a community health project.
Author(s): Parrish Bergquist, Kathy Nothstine, Anju Chopra
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Results of the Community Facilities Program FY 2009-2011
Describes projects that were funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program, which supports essential infrastructure and services for public use (including healthcare, education, public safety, and public services) in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less. Projects were granted in every state, plus Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and American Samoa.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Dynamics of Sustainability: A Primer for Rural Health Organizations
Provides information and case studies on sustainability for rural organizations that are starting new programs.
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
Examines rural behavioral health programs that were involved in a 2008 study. Reports information gathered from the study, the value of collecting and using the data to make program improvements, and finding funding for sustainability.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models: Communities Along the Border, Including Practices in Clinical Setting
Representation of NRHA's Border Health Initiative's activities to encourage the development of quality health care services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Compendium is intended to highlight communities along the border with models that can be built upon and can be used by federal agencies, states and local health and health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural border communities.
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Training and Workforce Development
A compendium of innovative programs that are working to help federal agencies, states and local health and health-related agencies set priorities for rural technology, training and workforce development.
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Using Health IT: Eight Quality Improvement Stories
Highlights health information technology (HIT) successes including rural projects funded by the Transforming Healthcare Quality through Information Technology program.
Author(s): Melanie Au, Suzanne Felt-Lisk, Grace Anglin, Andrew Clarkwest
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Impact and Innovation: Effective Models and Practices in Serving Older Adults - Case Studies
Successful case studies that provide reinforcement and motivation to nonprofit human service organizations that use the social work profession to respond to the needs of older adults in both urban and rural settings.
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Children and Families
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From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions: Transforming Health Preparedness and Response in Our Communities
Summarizes progress that states and hospitals, along with the public health and emergency management communities, made from 2007-2009 in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Serves as a guide in healthcare preparedness and response successful models and as an educational tool for legislators, funding recipients and other key stakeholders. Mentions rural throughout.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Healthy Indian Country Initiative Promising Prevention Practices Resource Guide: Promoting Innovative Tribal Prevention Programs
Highlights promising prevention programs within Indian Country. Guide begins the process of identifying, developing, and looking at tribal community promising prevention practices with the intent to allow other communities to replicate these practices.
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Health Board
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Nonprofit Sustainability: Doing More With Less
Issue focused on what rural nonprofit organizations can do and are doing to survive the economic recession, including developing partnerships and encouraging volunteerism that can help sustain housing and other human services programs.
Location: Rural Voices, 14(3)
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Compendium of Best Practices/Models That Work in Rural Workforce Development
Developed by NRHA's National Rural Task Force. Highlights rural workforce programs in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Date: 09/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Making it Work: Combating Rural Homelessness
This entire issue of Rural Voices is dedicated to the topic of rural homelessness. Highlights some of the innovative ways rural homeless providers are accessing and using resources in Michigan, Minnesota, California, Georgia, and Kentucky.
Location: Rural Voices, 12(3)
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Compendium of Hospital & Community Partnerships
Outlines a number of innovative partnerships between rural hospitals and community organizations that work to expand local services, improve care quality, and reduce the cost of care in rural communities. Presents partnerships in case study format, sharing key steps, lessons learned, and project results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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NCCDPHP Success Stories
A searchable collection of projects from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Features projects addressing tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Hospital Spotlights
Features Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from across the country, highlighting how each hospital is navigating the changing healthcare environment. Featured facilities are supported by the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight
Monthly feature sharing best practices and insights from leaders of FORHP funded Network Development, Allied Health, or HIT Workforce grant programs. Each article highlights a different grantee and is written in question and answer format.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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FORHP Grantee Directories and Sourcebooks
A collection of directories that identify and describe Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees and their projects. Includes projects funded by the Rural Health Care Services Outreach, Rural Health Network Development, and Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Programs, as well as other FORHP grant programs.
Type: Website
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AHA Case Studies and Case Examples in Innovation
As the transformation of the nation's health system begins to take shape, rural hospitals and health systems will find themselves more accountable for patient outcomes, patient experience, cost of care, and population health. A collection of case examples demonstrating rural innovations and new models of care, payment and delivery are provided.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Section 242 Mortgage Insurance Success Stories
Features hospitals, including rural facilities, that have accessed capital through the HUD 242 mortgage insurance program.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Healthy People 2020 Evidence-Based Resources
Database of evidence-based resources and information related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas. Search by demographics, setting, type of intervention and more. Also offers option to focus on setting, including rural. Database will be updated on ongoing basis with new resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthy People
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Rural Health Value: Innovations & Demonstrations
Profiles of rural health delivery and finance innovations and summaries of selected rural health demonstration programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Brownfields Success Stories
Features EPA-funded projects to restore areas where hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants were present. Includes examples of rural brownfield projects.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors: Success Stories
A collection of programs aimed at improving the health of communities and reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership Success Stories
Examples of successful projects that have addressed rural environmental health, water systems, and waste disposal.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Research-Tested Intervention Programs
A searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials, designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. Includes programs used in rural settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Cancer Institute
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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
County-by-county information on health outcomes and health factors. Each county is ranked within its state. Includes data related to length of life, quality of life, clinical care, health behaviors, social and economic factors that impact health, and the physical environment. State Health Gaps reports explore differences in health among counties for each state. Also includes examples of how the rankings have been used and of effective programs and policies to improve health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Guide to Community Preventive Services
A resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings about what works to address public health issues and improve population health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts (BP/PP/LE)
A collection of best practices, promising practices, local case studies, resources, and policies concerning healthcare for Native American communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Rural Community Assistance Corporation: Rural Stories
Features community infrastructure projects including a completed water, wastewater and housing projects. Describes what problems the community faced, how the project came together, and funding options.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange
Provides access to innovations, tools, learning opportunities, and networking opportunities, all designed to speed the implementation of new and better ways of delivering health care.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
Searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes option to focus on interventions used in a rural/frontier or tribal setting.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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NACCHO Model Practices Database
Lists effective and innovative public health practices which are searchable by state, type, year, and category. Includes approaches used in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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USDA Rural Development Success Stories
Database of initiatives and projects made possible through USDA Rural Development funding.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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National Health Service Corps Member Stories
Stories from communities nationwide that have been served by the National Health Service Corps.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Health Service Corps
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Rural Monitor
Newsletter of the Rural Health Information Hub, with articles focused on healthcare and population health in rural communities.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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