Rural Project Examples: Hispanic or Latino
Hidalgo Medical Services – Family Support Program
Updated/reviewed April 2022
Need: To reduce health disparities in two rural/frontier counties in southwest New Mexico.
Intervention: Community health workers worked with clients to help them better manage their health and promote awareness of healthy lifestyle options in the community.
Results: Better health outcomes for patients.
Updated/reviewed February 2022
Need: To reduce the risk of HIV/STDs among Latino men living in rural regions of the United States.
Intervention: Soccer team leaders are elected and trained as lay health advisors to promote sexual health education among team members.
Results: Program participants report an increase in HIV testing, an increase in condom use, and an increase in awareness of how to prevent the transmission of HIV.
Salud es Vida Cervical Cancer Education
Updated/reviewed January 2022
Need: Hispanic women have the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer among any ethnicity in the United States.
Intervention: The development of a lay health worker (promotora) curriculum that provided information on cervical cancer, HPV, and the HPV vaccine to Hispanic farmworker women living in rural southern Georgia and South Carolina.
Results: Significant increases in post-test scores relating to cervical cancer knowledge and increases in positive self-efficacy among promotoras.
Vivir Mejor! (Live Better!) System of Diabetes Prevention and Care
Updated/reviewed May 2020
Need: To address high rates of diabetes in rural Hispanic/Latino populations near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Intervention: A comprehensive, culturally competent diabetes education program was implemented in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
Results: Since 2012, this program has helped participants better manage their diabetes and increase healthy living behaviors.
Madison Outreach and Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network
Updated/reviewed December 2018
Need: More mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services in rural Texas.
Intervention: A network was formed to bring counseling services through telehealth systems and community health workers to Brazos Valley, Texas.
Results: The program improved health outcomes, increased general knowledge of the impact of substance abuse, and raised awareness of services among Hispanic residents. Promising Examples
Health without Borders
Updated/reviewed December 2020
Need: To improve the health of communities in the south central region of New Mexico.
Intervention: A program was developed to specifically address diabetes prevention and control, behavioral healthcare, and immunization in Luna County.
Results: During the program, 1,500 immunizations were distributed, baseline measurements of participants improved, and 935 new patients were seen for behavioral health issues. Other Project Examples
La Red Health Center
Updated/reviewed December 2020
Need: Meeting the health care needs of the uninsured and underinsured population of Sussex County, Delaware.
Intervention: La Red Health Center was created to offer culturally competent primary and preventative care to children and adults, regardless of ability to pay.
Results: La Red Health Center (LRHC) serves thousands of residents at four clinical sites, a school-based wellness center and through a collaborative effort with a local senior center.
Rural Health Initiative: Kitchen Wellness Program
Updated/reviewed November 2020
Need: Preventive and chronic medical condition care for farm families/agribusiness owners/employees with time and monetary constraints.
Intervention: Through a "Kitchen Wellness" program, a trained healthcare professional provides in-home or on-site complimentary preventive health screening, educational materials, and community referral information.
Results: Completion of hundreds of health screenings, tailored health education sessions along with referral information.
Healthy Places for Healthy People in Monett
Updated/reviewed December 2019
Need: Monett, Missouri's high tobacco use rates, lack of access to fresh foods, limited walkability and bikeability, and aging downtown infrastructure were all affecting residents' health.
Intervention: With planning assistance from Healthy Places for Healthy People, CoxHealth Monett led a coalition to revitalize downtown infrastructure and create opportunities for healthy living.
Results: Changes have helped to improve patient health, increase exercise opportunities, enhance downtown, and engage Monett's Hispanic population.
Taos First Steps Program
Updated/reviewed May 2019
Need: Support for families that promotes early childhood development and the parent-child relationship.
Intervention: Home visits which provide information, support, and access to early childhood resources and tools for building relationships.
Results: Easily replicable program, even for rural areas, that result in growth in knowledge and self-sufficiency for families as they provide for and understand their child's earliest years.
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