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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.

Smokers Butt Out in Iowa County
High schoolers in Iowa's Ringgold County successfully campaigned to ban smoking from public parks, bringing new awareness to the prevalence of tobacco use there.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Center Inspires Active Living in New Hampshire Communities
Features the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities (CfALHC) in New Hampshire, which includes a senior center exercise program, a foot race fundraiser, and a community garden.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care
A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia, a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients, a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions, and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2012
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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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Impact Case Studies
Provides a list of successful, rural-specific case studies describing how tools and resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are being used and their impacts at the local and national policy level, in healthcare systems, and for other professional healthcare services and providers. Case study examples are searchable by state/territory or at the national level, date, and topic.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. Describes the program serving Wahoo and its surrounding communities. Provides education and advocacy for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Edge Wellness, Family Service Lincoln, Saunders County Prevention Coalition, Saunders Medical Center, Three Rivers Public Health Department, Wahoo Parks and Recreation
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Technology Provider to Engage and Connect with Community for Better Health
Shares details of a new health and life services model implemented at Jefferson Community Health and Life in Fairbury, Nebraska. Describes the use of online tools to integrate health and life services via an online wellness dashboard with the goal of inspiring people to make healthier lifestyle choices. Includes information about the model's approach, key steps, results, and lessons learned.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned of community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska, regarding an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center successfully implemented a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), to reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, City of Lexington Nebraska, Lexington Community Foundation, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington Regional Health Center
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center, located in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares their approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bader Villa, Bryan Health, Bryan Merrick Medical Center, Central City Public Schools, Cottonwood Estates, Dark Island Walking Trail Association
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