Rural Project Examples: Medicaid
Proactive Palliative Care and Palliative Radiation Model: Making MyCourse Better
Updated/reviewed July 2021
- Need: To provide palliative care to patients with stage 4 cancer.
- Intervention: The Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, implemented a three-part program to help these patients manage their symptoms.
- Results: The Proactive Palliative Care and Palliative Radiation Model enrolled 646 patients during its three-year funding period of 2012-2015.
Other Project Examples
Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Unit
Updated/reviewed September 2020
- Need: Dental care access for children in low-income families living in a 7-county region of southwest Missouri.
- Intervention: A mobile dental unit was created to expand dental care access.
- Results: The Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic provides comprehensive dental care to children throughout the 7-county region
Cavity Free at Three
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: In Colorado, 31% of children have experienced dental decay by the time they reach kindergarten. With several frontier and rural counties in Colorado considered dental deserts, options for oral healthcare are limited.
- Intervention: Cavity Free at Three (CF3) works to improve access to preventive oral health for pregnant women and young children. While CF3 is a statewide effort, 87% of the program's target counties are considered rural or frontier.
- Results: CF3 has trained over 5,000 medical and dental professionals in performing preventive dental health. The percentage of children who received oral healthcare from a medical or dental provider before the age of 2 has progressively increased, and fewer Colorado children have cavities now than they did 10 years ago.
Oral Health Outreach Program
Updated/reviewed October 2019
- Need: Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States.
- Intervention: The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center provides Oral Health education through the "Tooth Fairy's Helper" to elementary-aged children along the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
- Results: Over 35,000 children have received oral health education through presentations in schools since 2006.
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