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Rural Project Examples: African Americans

Effective Examples

Strong African American Families-Teen (SAAF-T)
Updated/reviewed April 2017
  • Need: There is a lack of interventions that addresses teenager behavioral problems, particularly for rural African American adolescents.
  • Intervention: Rural, locally trained leaders administered five 2-hour meetings for teenagers and their primary caregivers. Trainings focused on reducing risks that prevent positive development, specifically sexual risk-taking that can lead to HIV and other STIs.
  • Results: Teens reported reduced conduct problems, depressive symptoms, and substance abuse. Families were strengthened, and SAAF-T reduced unprotected intercourse and increased condom efficacy.

Promising Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Sweet Dreams
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: To prevent and control Type 2 diabetes in rural, south central Georgia.
  • Intervention: Irwin County Board of Health developed Sweet Dreams to educate residents about the damaging effects of Type 2 diabetes and how to manage it.
  • Results: Participants have been able to improve their weight, body mass index, blood pressure, and hemoglobin A1C levels throughout the program.

Other Project Examples

Tea Time with Teens
Updated/reviewed September 2017
  • Need: To lower teen pregnancy rates in Marlboro County, South Carolina, and develop teen leaders.
  • Intervention: Tea Time with Teens brings together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
  • Results: Over 50 teens participate in the Tea Time with Teens program in Marlboro County, and the program has served approximately 100 teens since its inception.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Reach Out Program
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: Diabetes is the most common health problem in the African American, Latino, and Native American populations of rural Lake County, California.
  • Intervention: A Promotores/Community Health Workers model is used to teach positive lifestyle habits to people of all ages in order to live healthier lives, specifically to manage or prevent Type 2 diabetes.
  • Results: Participants in the Reach Out Program have improved their habits relating to nutrition and physical activity, leading to healthier lives.
Black Corals Cancer Education
Added October 2015
  • Need: African American women in rural South Carolina are almost 40% more likely to die from breast cancer and over 3 times more likely to die from cervical cancer than Caucasian women in the state.
  • Intervention: St. James-Santee Family Health Center implemented a breast and cervical cancer screening promotion program called Black Corals.
  • Results: In 2 years, Pap smear and mammogram rates increased by over 10% and missed appointment rates were decreased by over 30%.