Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Community health workers
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.
CHWs At Work: Making a Difference for Oklahoma's Marshallese Community
Highlights an Oklahoma program that uses community health workers (CHWs) for outreach to the Marshallese community in a three-county area. Provides a brief history and overview of the Marshallese population and discusses the health concerns the CHWs address.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple Citation: Rural Monitor Date: 03/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub view details
Promising Practice: Educational Partnership Reaches Rural California Communities
Details a promising practice that works to expand health literacy among rural Latinos in California through a partnership between the California State Office of Rural Health and the California Department of Public Health's Office of Binational Border Health. Details the way the program is reaching rural Latinos through community health worker/promotores training.
Date: 08/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health view details
Rural Mental Health Network: Expanding and Strengthening Care Coordination
Highlights the Rural Mental Health Network in Missouri
through an interview with its director. Addresses the
network's focus on care coordination for social
determinants of health needs, challenges, accomplishments,
the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs), lessons
learned, and more.
Date: 03/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Case Studies From the 2017 Care Coordination Comparative Study
Provides an overview of four care coordination approaches being used in rural areas: care coach, clinical, community health worker, and school-based. Includes individual case studies of rural care coordination programs, with detailed information on target populations, technology used, partners, care team composition, and more.
Date: 05/2018 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Rural Health Innovations view details
Network Spotlight: Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network
Explores various aspects of the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network (AKHCAN) through an interview with Project Director Jan Chamness, and Project Manager Gina Brien. The AKHCAN is a grant-funded network that seeks to increase and improve healthcare access for all low-income, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in rural Kentucky through the use of community health workers (CHWs).
Date: 02/2017 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine's Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew F. Coburn Date: 11/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center view details
Project ECHO's Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help "Superutilizers" in Underserved Communities
Describes a case study from the University of New Mexico's
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes)
program, which uses telehealth to support primary care
clinicians in underserved areas. Focuses on a project
targeting Medicaid beneficiaries with substance abuse and
mental health issues, with details on two primary care
teams being supported, including one in a rural New Mexico
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy Date: 08/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund view details
Network Spotlight: Mountain Health Alliance
Highlights the Cumberland, Maryland based Mountain Health Alliance (MHA), which works to advance a culture of health within the region's rural communities through collaboration and community engagement. Covers MHA's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with network director, Kimi-Scott McGreevy. MHA serves the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income populations in a three-state (PA, MD, WV), five-county region.
Date: 06/2016 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center view details
Investing in Population Health
Profile of a pilot project in rural New Mexico focused on population health for Medicaid recipients. Offers communities 3 levels of patient services and payment. Uses community health workers to address the social determinants of health.
Date: 08/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value view details