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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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.

Rural Farmers Market Promotes Food Security
Discusses food insecurity and access to healthy foods, with a focus on how regional farmers markets are helping to solve those challenges. Includes program examples in Michigan as well as information about how farmers markets can partner with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds
Profile of the Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life wellness program, which helps participants in rural Ohio lose weight and improve their health. Highlights how funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has helped this program grow over time.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Integrated Care in a Frontier Community
Examines the Southeast Health Group (SHG) in La Junta, Colorado, which coordinates physical and behavioral health using patient-centered, wellness-based care coordination to empower patients and promote self-directed care. Focuses on hiring providers who share SHG's philosophy of care, using community resources, and engaging peer support specialists.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH
Highlights the implementation of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program, which supports healthy eating and physical activity in rural Illinois elementary schools.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Foundation's Place-Based Initiative Focuses on Community Needs
Highlights Healthy Places NC, a Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust program which awards place-based grants to financially-disadvantaged counties in North Carolina to help improve health outcomes.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2015
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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Hawaiian Weight Management Program Aims for Healthy, Happy Lives
Highlights KÅ«lana Hawaii, a weight management program that helps Native Hawaiians and the medically underserved population on the islands of Oahu and Molokai.
Author(s): Jami Schumacher
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community-Wide Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs and Health Outcomes in a Rural County, 1970-2010.
Describes key elements and outcomes of programs targeting hypertension, cholesterol, and smoking, as implemented in Franklin County, Maine over a 40 year period. Includes statistics with breakdowns by demographics, risk factor reductions, hospitalization rates, and mortality rates, with comparisons between Franklin County and totals for all Maine counties.
Author(s): N. Burgess Record, Daniel K. Onion, Roderick E. Prior, et al.
Citation: JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 313(2), 147-155
Date: 01/2015
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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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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