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Rural Project Examples: Medicaid

Promising Examples

Proactive Palliative Care and Palliative Radiation Model: Making MyCourse Better
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: To provide palliative care to patients with stage 4 cancer.
  • Intervention: The Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, has implemented a three-part program to help these patients manage their symptoms.
  • Results: The Proactive Palliative Care and Palliative Radiation Model enrolled 646 patients during its three-year funding period of 2012-2015.

Other Project Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Unit
Updated/reviewed December 2017
  • Need: Dental care access for children in low-income families living in a 7-county region of southwest Missouri.
  • Intervention: A mobile dental unit was created to expand dental care access.
  • Results: The Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic provides comprehensive dental care to children throughout the 7-county region
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Oral Health Outreach Program
Updated/reviewed July 2017
  • Need: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States.
  • Intervention: The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center provides Oral Health education through the “Tooth Fairy's Helper” to elementary-aged children along the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
  • Results: Over 27,000 children have received oral health education through presentations in schools since 2006.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Floyd County Dental Clinic
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: Oral healthcare for people with lower incomes or those who lack insurance in rural northwest Georgia, where few dentists accept Medicaid patients.
  • Intervention: A dental clinic that accepts Medicaid, PeachCare (Georgia's low income child health insurance program), and private pay for service was started through collaboration of a local medical center, dental college, and county health department.
  • Results: From 2015-2016, the Floyd Dental Clinic made a higher quality of oral health possible for 3,145 low-income patients.
funded by the Health Resources Services Administration Cavity Free at Three
Updated/reviewed June 2015
  • Need: Nearly 40% of Colorado children have experienced dental decay by the time they reach kindergarten. With several frontier and rural counties in Colorado considered dental deserts, options for oral healthcare are limited.
  • Intervention: Cavity Free at Three (CF3) works to improve access to preventive oral health for pregnant women and young children. While CF3 is a statewide effort, 87% of the program's target counties are considered rural or frontier.
  • Results: Since 2007, CF3 has improved the oral health of children across Colorado.