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Rural Project Examples: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

Other Project Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Nelson County School Nurse Program
Updated/reviewed April 2020
  • Need: Low rates of immunization and a lack of knowledge about physical health among school age children in the rural areas of Nelson County, Virginia.
  • Intervention: A School Nurse Program placed a registered nurse in each of the four county public schools to track and encourage immunization compliance, provide health education, and handle students' daily health issues.
  • Results: School-age children are having many of their minor health concerns addressed throughout the day by registered nurses at school. Compliance for childhood immunizations is now extremely high.
Poplar Bluff Skate Plaza
Updated/reviewed April 2020
  • Need: Slow the increasing rates of childhood obesity stemming, in part, from a lack of physical activity.
  • Intervention: Creating a youth-oriented downtown skate park to build a culture of daily physical activity in the rural community of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
  • Results: Increased physical activity opportunities for youth in the far southeast corner of Missouri, especially for those not typically involved in organized sports.
Granville Greenways Walkable Community
Updated/reviewed March 2020
  • Need: Compared to the average North Carolinian, residents age 40 to 64 in rural Granville County were dying from heart disease and diabetes at a younger age.
  • Intervention: Granville Greenways was created to promote active lifestyles and more walkable communities.
  • Results: As of December 2019, 12 miles of greenways now exist allowing for community members' hiking and biking.
Schools as a Hub for Health
Updated/reviewed March 2020
  • Need: To improve health outcomes in rural Appalachian Ohio.
  • Intervention: Schools as a Hub for Health promotes holistic wellness for the whole community by creating or bringing in programs that support physical, mental, and social health.
  • Results: The project has gained administrator buy-in and was featured in a December 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps webinar.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Medical Home Plus
Updated/reviewed February 2020
  • Need: To help reduce diabetes, depression, and stroke risk in rural residents.
  • Intervention: A collaborative care model was implemented in the Idaho counties of Clearwater, Idaho, and Lewis.
  • Results: Increased number of patients with controlled blood sugar, controlled blood pressure, and higher depression screening rates.
Spit It Out-West Virginia
Updated/reviewed February 2020
  • Need: McDowell County, West Virginia, had high rates of tobacco use.
  • Intervention: The Spit It Out-West Virginia program (2008-2010) was created to increase access to tobacco cessation and prevention resources.
  • Results: Hundreds of people were provided with tobacco cessation efforts, 5 workplaces became tobacco free, and tobacco control efforts continue today.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy On the Move! Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education (Operation UNITE)
Updated/reviewed January 2020
  • Need: To decrease illicit drug and alcohol use in the Central Appalachian region of Kentucky, where many schools had no type of prevention curriculum.
  • Intervention: Using engaging simulations and presentations, the project delivers substance use prevention education to middle school and high school students.
  • Results: Post-test surveys show that thousands of students are reached through the "On the Move!" project and gain positive knowledge on the dangers of substance use.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy University of Virginia Diabetes Tele-Education Program
Updated/reviewed January 2020
  • Need: To educate people in the rural parts of Virginia who either have diabetes or are considered at high risk for developing it.
  • Intervention: Teleconferencing technology is used to offer diabetes education programs to people with diabetes or those at high risk for developing it and health professional training in endocrinology and lifestyle behavior changes.
  • Results: Participants reported better prevention techniques and/or self-management of diabetes after being thoroughly educated about this condition.
Albert Lea Blue Zones Project
Updated/reviewed December 2019
  • Need: Healthy lifestyles are often difficult to achieve for community members of rural, small-town areas.
  • Intervention: The rural community of Albert Lea, as part of the Blue Zones Pilot Project, implemented walking and biking initiatives along with high-level policy systems and environmental changes to promote health and wellness.
  • Results: In the past 5 years, there has been a 38% increase in walking and biking among community members, and they have lost a combined total of 8,000 pounds.
AmeriCorps Community Health Workers Program
Updated/reviewed December 2019
  • Need: Chronic diseases, diabetes, and opioid misuse has caused significant health disparities in Ohio and West Virginia.
  • Intervention: A program recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve as community health workers helps bring health services and education to local residents.
  • Results: As a result of the program, community members have reported weight loss, increased physical activity, reduction in medication, and improvements in self-management of chronic diseases.