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Rural Project Examples: Infectious diseases

Other Project Examples

Positively Living & Choice Health Network
Updated/reviewed November 2020
  • Need: To provide care and support to eastern Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or homelessness.
  • Intervention: Positively Living & Choice Health Network provides services like counseling, case management, an HIV/AIDS clinic, and supportive housing.
  • Results: The program currently has 85 PrEP clients and in 2016 opened a second clinic to serve 12 more counties.
Rapid HCV Testing as an HIV Testing Strategy in Rural Areas
Updated/reviewed November 2020
  • Need: To provide HIV testing in rural areas while navigating around HIV stigma.
  • Intervention: A pilot study to provide HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) rapid tests and then offer an HIV rapid test as well.
  • Results: An increase in the number of people tested for HCV and HIV.
Telehealth Collaborative Care
Updated/reviewed September 2020
  • Need: To increase access to specialty care for rural veterans living with HIV.
  • Intervention: The Telehealth Collaborative Care (TCC) study connects these patients with HIV specialists via clinical video telehealth or VA video connect and works to create shared care relationships with primary care teams in rural areas.
  • Results: TCC provides HIV specialty care access to rural veterans in a sustainable manner with infrastructure, mentorship, and capacity building.
It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices
Updated/reviewed November 2019
  • Need: Teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, in young girls were concerns for members of Union Parish, Louisiana.
  • Intervention: Union General Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital, created the program It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices to teach prevention, self-confidence, and personal responsibility to teen girls.
  • Results: Teen pregnancy rates in Union Parish have dropped by 18%, exceeding the program's initial goal of 5%. Graduation rates have also increased the longer girls remain in the program.
Foundations Family Medicine's HIV, HCV, Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Services
Added November 2018
  • Need: Due to the opioid crisis, Austin, Indiana has seen the largest concentrated outbreak of HIV in rural America's recent history. Since 2015, over 200 residents have been diagnosed with the virus.
  • Intervention: Foundations Family Medicine began offering testing and treatment services for HIV, hepatitis C, and opioid/substance use disorder. Education, care coordination and behavioral health services were also offered as an integrated part of their primary care clinic.
  • Results: Although the virus continues to spread throughout Scott County, the rate has significantly decreased, outdoing national suppression rates by a large margin (76% compared to national average of 49%).