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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Federally Qualified Health Centers

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.

Increasing Cancer Screening Rates: The Role of Nurse Navigators in Preventative Care
Highlights a community health center in Delaware that used nurse navigators to help increase screening rates for several types of cancer. Discusses the population served by the health center, the role of the nurse navigators and their use of electronic health records, and the impact of the program, which earned them a Quality Improvement Award. Includes program contact information.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Morovis Community Health Center Uses Home Visits to Manage Diabetes after a Hurricane
Highlights a health center in Puerto Rico and how it responded to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Focuses on the health center's emergency plan, community visits, lessons learned, and how they cared for patients with diabetes.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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Case Studies of 6 Safety Net Organizations That Integrate Oral and Mental/Behavioral Health With Primary Care Services
Features an analysis of 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) integrating oral health and behavioral health with primary care across the country. Features one rural example.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): M. Langelier, S. Surdu, N. Goodwin
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center: SRHT Project Well Under Way
Profiles Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center's (MHHCC) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, focused on improving quality of care and transitions of care throughout its facilities. MHHCC is an 18-bed, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital in Grantsville, West Virginia. MHHCC also operates a Rural Health Clinic in Grantsville and a Federally Qualified Health Center in Glenville.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Federally Qualified Health Center Initiatives
Reports on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving high-need patient populations, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
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Network Spotlight: North Coast Clinics Network
Highlights the Eureka, California-based North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), which works to improve efficiency and quality of care across its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) members. Covers NCCN's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with Director of Education and Innovation, Trisha Cooke, and Executive Director, Tim Rine.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Case Studies of 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers: Strategies to Integrate Oral Health with Primary Care
Results of a study conducted between February and July 2015, examining the most effective workforce models, describing delivery of oral health services, and identifying barriers and facilitators of integrating primary care and oral health services in urban and rural Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Bridget Baker, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Integration of Oral Health with Primary Care in Health Centers: Profiles of Five Innovative Models
Report highlights five different FQHC-based models for integrating oral healthcare into primary care. Features examples in both rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Hannah Maxey
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Rural Patient Centered Medical Homes Achieve New Standards
Features Crete Area Medical Center Physicians' Clinic and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, which are among the very few rural safety net providers that have achieved Level 3 patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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New Jersey Clinic Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
Profiles the lifestyle and weight management counseling program at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural New Jersey.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Continuous and Team-Based Healing Relationships Implementation Guide: Transforming Safety Net Clinics into Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Presents the eight Change Concepts for Practice Transformation (Change Concepts), defined as general ideas for steps leading to improvement. Includes a case study from a community health center network in rural Idaho.
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Qualis Health
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models: Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, and Training
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a medical home model, a Lean/Six Sigma hospital program, a community health center telehealth program, and a statewide behavioral health network.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Improving Access to Care for Medically Underserved Californians: Securing Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations
Describes an initiative to increase healthcare provider capacity in medically underserved areas throughout the service areas of the North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), made up of four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and one community clinic. Discusses issues recruiting healthcare providers to rural areas.
Author(s): Annette L. Gardner, Tina Tvedt
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Endowment
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Training and Workforce Development
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a recruitment and retention network and other models focusing on workforce education and training for behavioral and mental health, transportation, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and chronic disease management.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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