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.
Rural Renewal: Three Success Stories, Capturing Prosperity/Health
Showcases success stories from 3 rural communities that
sought to address local health concerns, such as inadequate
prenatal care and access to healthy food, and increase
access to healthcare and related services. Describes
community-based initiatives implemented in Nebraska, New
Mexico, and South Carolina.
Author(s): Phillip L. Polakoff, Dennis Berens, David Angelson
Sponsoring organization: A Healthier WE
Live Healthy, Live Well, 'Live Algoma'
An overview of a rural community (Algoma, Wisconsin) coming together to set goals and work on projects focused on health and wellness. Projects included modifying an old bank to develop an alternative school called Pathfinder, building the Algoma Community Wellness Center, and collaborating with local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize.
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
After Hospital Closure: Pursuing High Performance Rural Health Systems without Inpatient Care
Describes ways for rural communities to develop optimal healthcare delivery systems after a local hospital closure. Features 3 case studies from Arizona, Michigan, and Illinois. Includes tables showing options currently available under federal and state laws and policies under consideration.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
Health Outside Hospital Walls
Outlines how Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services (CCHHS) in Chadron, Nebraska, is leveraging the changing healthcare environment to prioritize population health and fill needed service gaps within the community. As part of the focus on overall community health, CCHHS took leadership in an assisted living facility, funded a large scholarship fund to help cultivate a skilled local workforce, and assumed management of the community action agency.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience
Expands on the definition of economic development in
transportation, and provides case studies demonstrating how
state agencies, regional and rural planning and development
organizations can work together to develop transportation
facilities, infrastructure, and services to create jobs,
improve access to employment, education, and community
services including healthcare.
Author(s): Carrie Kissel, Brett Schwartz, Sara James, Susan Dyer
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
Collection of articles highlighting the stories of rural Michiganders and their community hospitals.
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Health & Hospital Association