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Rural Project Examples from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

Promising Examples

Patient Centered Medical Home Practicum in Primary Care
Updated/reviewed May 2018
  • Need: Improvement in service quality and patient experience in primary care practices in North Carolina's Blue Ridge region and across the state.
  • Intervention: A practicum for healthcare management students to help rural practices achieve Patient Care Medical Home (PCMH) status and identify quality improvement needs and develop strategies.
  • Results: With the help of practicum students, rural primary practices have achieved PCMH status and Blue Quality Physician Program Recognition as well as tackled a number of important quality improvement projects.

Other Project Examples

Healthy Places NC
Updated/reviewed July 2018
  • Need: People living in under-resourced rural communities in North Carolina have poorer health than those living in urban areas.
  • Intervention: Funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Healthy Places NC is investing $100 million over 10 years in rural North Carolina counties to improve residents' health.
  • Results: As of June 2017, the Trust has invested more than $32 million in seven Healthy Places NC counties.
Farm Assessment and Rehabilitation Methods (FARM) Program
Updated/reviewed June 2018
  • Need: To help farmers with disabilities continue farming while protecting their well-being.
  • Intervention: The FARM program helps disabled or ill farmers continue to operate and work their Wisconsin farms.
  • Results: Since 2009, the FARM Program has helped over 3,000 farmers continue to farm, resume farming, or find an alternative agricultural occupation.
The Walking Classroom
Updated/reviewed May 2018
  • Need: To help improve students' ability to learn while engaging in physical activity.
  • Intervention: Through The Walking Classroom, students learn from a variety of 20-minute podcasts several times per week while walking.
  • Results: Children increase their activity level while learning academic content, building health literacy, and developing healthy lifestyle habits to prevent obesity and improve cognitive functioning.
Start Healthy, Start Now
Updated/reviewed April 2018
  • Need: Rural childcare providers have limited resources to learn about mental and physical health promotion and obesity prevention
  • Intervention: A free health promotion training program for rural childcare providers
  • Results: Rural childcare providers are better prepared to impact children's health and well-being.