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Rural Project Examples: Poverty

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Northern Dental Access Center Medical-Legal Partnership
Updated/reviewed October 2017
  • Need: To help low-income patients in rural Minnesota overcome legal barriers to oral healthcare and self-sufficiency.
  • Intervention: The medical-legal partnership of Northern Dental Access Center and Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota provides free consultations and support services.
  • Results: The innovative and collaborative approach has been recognized regionally and nationally, and over 9,000 new patients have been screened for legal issues.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Giles County Health Network (G-NET)
Added September 2015
  • Need: To create accessible and equitable healthcare access for low-income and uninsured residents in Rural Appalachia.
  • Intervention: A community-based health network was formed to expand healthcare throughout Giles County, Virginia.
  • Results: By improving the access and quality of healthcare services, collaboration among local providers, and cultural competence, the number of medical visits to low-income patients increased by 36%. The number of behavioral health visits to low-income patients increased by 106%.