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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Oral health

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.

Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices - 2020
Highlights examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Presents a number of models regarding workforce development and training, integration of care, telehealth, clinical care, and policy.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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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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Case Studies of Telehealth Programs in New York
Synthesizes information from 7 case studies of healthcare providers who regularly use telehealth applications in service delivery, including those who serve patients in rural communities. Identifies common themes and findings related to the impact of these services on provider organizations and patient populations. Featured programs include those emphasizing oral health, home care, and psychiatric care.
Author(s): Robert Martiniano, Carol Rodat, Bridget Baker, Lauren Boyd, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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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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An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
Describes configurations of portable and mobile dental programs including models and applications, discusses targeted populations, details variations in regulations by state, and examines outcomes of preventive interventions in underserved areas. Includes case studies of 7 programs initiated to improve access in underserved populations or in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Lessons Learned: A Rural Case Study - Challenges Increasing Access to Dental Care Among Rural Veterans
Details the referral process initiated by the Grand Island Dental Outpatient Team in Nebraska for rural veterans who are ineligible for VA dental coverage to receive basic treatment from community dentists. Discusses some of the challenges to designing and implementing the program, such as establishing new partnerships with local dentists, adhering to a sustainable staffing plan, and pursuing data collection and analysis for measuring outcomes, among other factors.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices - 2017
Presents examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Looks at programs in 10 different states, including program purpose, summary, effectiveness, and funding source.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Case Studies of 6 Teledentistry Programs: Strategies to Increase Access to General and Specialty Dental Services
Describes the delivery of teledentistry services by six provider organizations with different organizational structures. Discusses teledentistry as a method for improving rural access to oral health services. Identifies common themes, including the benefits of and barriers to teledentistry.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Carol Rodat, Jean Moore
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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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
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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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