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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Veterans

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.

Promising Practice: Alabama SORH Collaborates with VA to Provide Telehealth Care for Vets
Describes a collaboration between the Alabama State Office of Rural Health and Alabama Veterans Affairs to create and implement a telehealth program aimed at delivering care to rural veterans.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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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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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Using Clinical Video Telehealth to Provide Comprehensive Care to Rural Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Presents a report on the VHA's use of video telehealth in clinical settings to provide access to treatment for rural veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Discusses implementation strategies and the roles of neurologists, physical therapists, and telehealth support staff.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Remote, Telephone-Based Delivery of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Presents a model from the VHA that uses telemedicine to provide cardiac rehabilitation to rural veterans. Highlights the three phases of the program that facilitate patient rehabilitation from hospitalization to regular check ups.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Training Community Clergy Partners to Increase Access to Care for Rural Veterans
Presents a toolkit and web-based module for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a mental health training program for clergy to help rural veterans. Discusses in-person and web-based training methods implemented in the pilot program. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to mental healthcare and clinical impact for rural veterans, among other factors.
Additional links: Overview
Author(s): James Goalder, Kristen Wing, Eric Crawford, Keith Ethridge
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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VHA-ORH Rural Promising Practices
A compendium describing proven models of care currently implemented to improve access to care and specialty care for rural veterans and their families within their own communities. Provides clinical and operational information about these models for healthcare professionals serving rural veterans.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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