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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Social determinants of 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.

From Idea to Reality: Federal Funding Supports Quapaw Nation's Community Paramedicine Program
Describes how the Quapaw Nation used federal COVID-related funding to launch a community paramedicine program. Explains how the program is serving local residents and meeting community needs.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Partnering to Improve Health and Wellbeing via Community Based Care Coordination in Rural Minnesota
Case study featuring Winona Health, an independent, community-owned, and vertically integrated healthcare system serving rural Minnesota. Describes efforts underway to address the social determinants of health in the community through the Winona Wellbeing Collaborative. Also discusses efforts to build intercultural skill throughout the Winona Health organization.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Federal Funding for Rural Health: Supporting Planning and Development Around a Regional Transportation Need
Features Rides to Health and Wealth, a regional transportation program in eastern Missouri helping improve rural healthcare access and other health-related transportation needs. Includes discussion of how the program planning and development continued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Getting in Front of COVID-19: Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Save the Lives of Seniors
Presents an overview of Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District's (SoHum Health) efforts to proactively meet the needs of seniors sheltered-in-place due to COVID-19. Describes how SoHum Health has repurposed facilities and staff, and partners with local Humboldt County, California, organizations, to determine the needs of local seniors and make deliveries of groceries and medications. Discusses contingency plans in the event of a COVID-19 surge.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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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
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Using Upstream Quality Improvement to Address Transportation
Module 5 in a series of video trainings for clinicians on how they can help address the social determinants of health. This segment discusses transportation and addresses rural issues. Includes a case study conversation with Jill Lord, director of community health at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Vermont.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Health Network Thrives on Innovation in Whole-Person Care
Profiles a rural health network in Missouri that includes social service support at four of their clinics. Offers an overview of how the program began, highlights their innovative approaches to addressing community needs, and discusses network sustainability.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Ensuring Access to Care: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera, Wagner, S.D.
Describes Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera (WCMH-A), a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wagner, South Dakota, that works to ensure access to care while addressing the social determinants of health for the populations they serve. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs through the use of telemedicine, housing and economic development, population health, and access to primary care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Rural Health Services
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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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Promising Practice: Helping Rural Hawaii THRIVE
Illustrates how community forums sponsored by the Hawaii Public Health Institute (HPHI) and supported by the Hawaii State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (HI OPCRH) provide a venue for sharing "stories of health" to improve health and wellness in the state. Describes the THRIVE (Tools for Health Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) method used to develop multi-sector partnerships, particularly the opportunity to collectively focus on health equity, facilitate an understanding of social determinants of health, and establish a foundation for future action.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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