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Rural Project Examples: Public health

Promising Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Health without Borders
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: To improve the health of communities in the south central region of New Mexico.
  • Intervention: A program was developed to specifically address diabetes prevention and control, behavioral healthcare, and immunization in Luna County.
  • Results: During the program, 1,500 immunizations were distributed, baseline measurements of participants improved, and 935 new patients were seen for behavioral health issues.

Other Project Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors ACA Outreach and Education Project
Updated/reviewed December 2017
  • Need: To help rural Nebraska local health departments (LHDs) learn about the Affordable Care Act so they can help inform their communities about health insurance options under the ACA.
  • Intervention: In 2014-2016 via their statewide association, Nebraska LHDs received education online and by webinar on the ACA along with support to conduct outreach activities using health literacy strategies.
  • Results: During initial activity, all eligible Nebraska rural member LHDs (16) conducted outreach events. 912 participants attended, with 334 receiving one-on-one help.
Smiles for Life
Updated/reviewed November 2017
  • Need: Oral healthcare for low-income adults and children unable to obtain dental care in the Mid-Ohio Valley of West Virginia.
  • Intervention: Public health dental hygienists act as gatekeepers, screening low-income clients and placing them with area dental providers who volunteer, from their private practices, to provide most-needed dental treatment.
  • Results: Reduces the number of emergency department visits for dental pain and infections and provides a safety net for those unable to afford dental treatment.
Partners in Health and Wholeness
Updated/reviewed September 2017
  • Need: To change the health profile of North Carolina.
  • Intervention: Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the NC Council of Churches, is a faith-based program that integrates healthy living within congregations while offering financial support to launch or expand health initiatives.
  • Results: Since its founding in 2009, over 475 churches have become certified with PHW, many in rural areas, and over 350 mini-grants have been awarded to congregations.
Alabama Public Health Telehealth Network
Added August 2017
  • Need: To increase access to healthcare for Alabama patients.
  • Intervention: The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has created telehealth communications to increase efficiency among ADPH statewide programs and to partner with external healthcare partners to use county health departments as telehealth originating sites.
  • Results: The Alabama Public Health Telehealth Network is currently available in 21 of 66 county health departments, with plans to expand to as many as 59 counties by December 2018.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Public Health Solutions ACA Outreach and Education Project
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: To help inform rural residents in southeast Nebraska about their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Intervention: A public health department provided outreach and enrollment assistance and worked with other key community organizations to help get clients the information and services they need.
  • Results: 525 individuals were reached at 22 outreach events: 123 individuals received general education on the ACA, 25 received enrollment assistance, and 19 had an eligibility determination.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Visiting School Nurse Program
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Students in rural communities lacked access to healthcare services, resulting in poor school performance.
  • Intervention: The Visiting School Nurse program was created to improve access to health care for 6,000 students in Fulton County, Illinois.
  • Results: After the three years of the grant-funded program, the program continues to serve one school district and staff with a variety of health services and educational campaigns.
Eagle County Community Paramedic
Updated/reviewed February 2017
  • Need: Rural areas nationwide have shortages of primary care providers and home health programs.
  • Intervention: Eagle County Paramedic Services is utilizing community paramedics in the provision of non-acute home care and assistance with immunizations and screenings in rural areas where it is difficult for these services to be accessed.
  • Results: The pilot program was featured at the 2010 International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine. After 18 months of implementing the program, a net total of $288,028 in healthcare costs was saved.
Heartland OK
Added October 2016
  • Need: Over 9,000 people in Oklahoma die from heart disease each year.
  • Intervention: Heartland OK, which began in 5 rural counties, is a care coordination model that works to reduce heart disease and stroke risks for patients.
  • Results: 25% of patients met their hypertension goals within 90 days.