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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Food security and nutrition

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.

A Community Holding Hands to Bridge its Divide
Describes the actions taken and programs developed by the residents of Garrett County, Maryland in response to the economic, cultural, and health challenges they face. Working together the Garret County residents have been able to provide scholarships to every high school graduate to attend community college for free, develop 700 affordable, low-income, mixed-income and workforce housing units, and more. Garrett County 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
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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
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Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities
Highlights promising practices to improve the health and wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses programs designed to incorporate Native cultural beliefs into healthy eating practices and fitness regimens that support physical well-being.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Indian Physicians
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Aroostook Band of Micmacs Monitor Atmospheric Mercury
Details a project developed by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to monitor atmospheric mercury in an attempt to protect a crucial food source traditionally utilized by the tribe. Discusses the tribe's partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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The Reverend's Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Participatory Regional Partnership Approach to Promote Nutrition and Physical Activity Through Environmental and Policy Change in Rural Missouri
A case study of Healthier Missouri Communities (Healthier MO), a community-based research project in 12 counties in rural southeast Missouri. Describes a group process to identify and select promising evidence-based interventions to promote nutrition and physical activity.
Author(s): Ellen K. Barnidge, Elizabeth A. Baker, Amy Estlund, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 1
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top 10 rural health priority areas identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 2 discusses priorities 11-20.) Topics addressed include: health insurance, primary care, emergency services, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, mental health, substance abuse, heart disease and stroke, physical activity, older adults, maternal and child health, and tobacco use. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties Are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners
Case studies of rural counties using creative methods to improve their economies. Includes examples that involve the healthcare sector and address issues that impact health.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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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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Munson Medical Center: A Prescription for Long-Lasting Wellness
Describes the Shape Up North Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, an initiative of the Munson Medical Center in rural Traverse City, Michigan, in cooperation with local farmers markets.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Health & Hospital Association
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Pueblo of Pojoaque Energizes Local Food Economy
Describes a project begun in 2009 to improve Rio Grand Valley tribal members' nutrition and expand the local food economy by developing a pueblo farm.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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NCCDPHP Success Stories
A searchable collection of projects from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Features projects addressing tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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