Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Community engagement and volunteerism
In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations
rural program examples, you may also want to browse other case studies, databases, and websites with collections
of health programs.
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.
May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.
Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes financial, educational, and healthcare challenges
experienced by residents in the Mississippi Delta.
Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer
awareness and prevention program working in rural, African
American communities to create a network focused on
education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute view details
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.
Date: 09/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation view details
Promoting a Nutritious Diet Inside and Outside the Hospital
Highlights a rural Vermont hospital's efforts to promote
healthier eating habits both inside and outside the
hospital by locally sourcing food, encouraging
participation in their "Ton of Tomatoes" project, and
processing produce to help food-insecure community members.
Discusses efforts of other hospitals promoting healthy
diets, including removing unhealthy cafeteria meal options
and promoting community gardens.
Date: 09/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association view details
Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
Presents insights from nine communities across the U.S. that have successful hospital-community partnerships. Each case study provides a description of the community, background information on the partner organizations, and an overview of the impacts and lessons learned. Several case studies include rural communities, rural populations, and/or rural partner organizations.
Date: 08/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust view details
Union General Hospital "It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices"
Outlines Union General Hospital's "It's a Girl Thing:
Making Proud Choices" program, which seeks to curb sexually
transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy in Farmerville,
Louisiana. The program focuses on educating high school
girls on topics such as self-esteem, dating and violence,
finances, the consequences of teen pregnancy, and more.
Also includes a brief discussion with one of the program
Date: 10/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Coming Full Circle
Profiles Paula Lynch, who was helped by HopeWest Hospice's Mending Hearts adult grief support program after the loss of her son. She now gives back by helping others as she was helped.
Author(s): Kate Menzies Citation: Rural Monitor Date: 05/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub view details
Adapting and Implementing an Evidence-Based Sun-Safety Education Program in Rural Idaho, 2012
Describes the process St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor
Institute (MSTI) took to engage and partner with a
community organization to implement an evidence-based
sun-safety program in rural Idaho. Includes information on
identifying and recruiting a community partner; selecting
an evidence-based program; and planning, implementing,
sustaining, and expanding the program.
Author(s): Charlene Cariou, Melanie Gonzales, Hope Krebill Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11, 130268 Date: 05/2014 Type: Document view details
Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a
Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo,
Nebraska. Describes the program serving Wahoo and its
surrounding communities. Provides education and advocacy
for patients' overall health that produced positive results
in 4 areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and
obesity. Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Edge Wellness, Family Service Lincoln, Saunders County Prevention Coalition, Saunders Medical Center, Three Rivers Public Health Department, Wahoo Parks and Recreation view details
Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned of community
stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska, regarding an initiative
aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a
partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health
Center successfully implemented a community-wide program, the
Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), to reduce obesity rates
in area schools. Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, City of Lexington Nebraska, Lexington Community Foundation, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington Regional Health Center view details