Skip to main content

Rural Project Examples: Philanthropy

Effective Examples

Community Health Worker-based Chronic Care Management Program
Added May 2020
  • Need: Improve healthcare access and decrease chronic disease disparities in rural Appalachia.
  • Intervention: A community health worker-based Chronic Care Management program demonstrated such a level of success in a single West Virginia county that it was further scaled for implementation in a multi-center, 3-state area of Appalachia.
  • Results: When analysis of the disseminated program's results also demonstrated improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs, sustainability became possible due to innovative financial reimbursement models.

Other Project Examples

MoCAP
Updated/reviewed August 2020
  • Need: To help rural Missouri organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes.
  • Intervention: MoCAP provides free grant writing services, technical assistance, and a mailing list of funding opportunities to organizations in its 84-county service area.
  • Results: Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 600 proposals and helped bring in more than $290 million in funding.
Healthy Places NC
Updated/reviewed July 2020
  • 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 2020, the Trust has invested more than $68 million in 10 Healthy Places NC counties.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation's CDFI Investments
Added December 2019
  • Need: In rural Georgia, poor health outcomes and high poverty rates require innovative approaches.
  • Intervention: As the only statewide private foundation in Georgia with the sole focus of improving health, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to do the same.
  • Results: With a program related investment from the Foundation, 2 statewide CDFIs and 1 national CDFI are providing low-interest loans and other support to rural healthcare efforts.
Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities
Added February 2019
  • Need: To improve mental health and well-being in rural Texas.
  • Intervention: The Hogg Foundation has awarded $4.5 million in grants to support five rural Texas communities in developing collaborative approaches to mental health that best fit each community's needs.
  • Results: Five community collaboratives are at the "formation" stage of building a strong coalition. Baseline assessments have been conducted of each collaborative, and community members are now considering next steps.