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

Other Project Examples

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.
Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
Updated/reviewed April 2019
  • Need: Data from around 2008 demonstrated that close to 70% of adults and 37% of children ages 4 and under in Northeast Iowa are overweight or obese.
  • Intervention: An 6-county initiative that provided support and access to locally-grown, healthy foods, along with promotion of active lifestyles, particularly for rural children.
  • Results: As of 2019, the program continues to engage communities and schools in healthy activities and food choices
Healthy You
Updated/reviewed January 2019
  • Need: Easier access to wellness programs in a Maine county covering a large geographic area.
  • Intervention: Healthy You was created to deliver wellness programming in 6 locations throughout the county, rotating for 2 months of the year to each location, with programming customized to the needs of each community.
  • Results: Over 5,000 community members annually participate in wellness programs.
Mother's Milk Bank of South Carolina
Updated/reviewed January 2019
  • Need: Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the state of South Carolina were purchasing breast milk from out-of-state milk banks for preterm infants.
  • Intervention: The Mother's Milk Bank of South Carolina (MMBSC) opened 17 sites in South Carolina for breast milk to be donated, safely pasteurized, and delivered to NICUs across the state.
  • Results: Over 260,000 ounces of milk have been donated to MMBSC depot sites and over 186,000 ounces of milk have been delivered to South Carolina NICUs.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Updated/reviewed December 2018
  • Need: To strengthen the local food system by assisting farmers, supporting rural economies and promoting access to fresh food for underserved families and individuals receiving federal nutrition assistance.
  • Intervention: Financial partnership and targeted programs created to strengthen food system infrastructure and connect regional food producers to a larger market.
  • Results: Sales have increased for local farmers and food producers, and low-income participants have increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy CATCH-UP (Coordinated Approach to Child Health in the Upper Peninsula)
Updated/reviewed November 2018
  • Need: To reduce childhood obesity and risk for chronic illness for youth aged 5-12 in the rural Western Upper Peninsula region of Michigan.
  • Intervention: Integrated the evidence-based CATCH program to increase physical activity and healthy eating habits in children.
  • Results: Created a healthy school environment in 12 districts promoting daily physical activity, good nutritional choices, and supportive communities for more than 3,000 children.
Remote Area MedicalĀ®
Updated/reviewed November 2018
  • Need: A lack of basic medical, dental, and vision care for people living in isolated, impoverished, and underserved areas.
  • Intervention: Free mobile medical clinics that provide care through a highly efficient system that serves as many patients as possible, utilizing a corps of volunteers made up of licensed medical professionals and laypeople.
  • Results: Community members in rural and other underserved areas are provided with necessary healthcare and health education, including dental and vision services, at no cost to the patients or taxpayers.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy The Bridge Program
Updated/reviewed November 2018
  • Need: Access to primary medical, dental, and mental health services for rural Appalachia Kentuckians.
  • Intervention: Community Health Workers provide outreach, education, navigation, and care coordination services to 5 counties in the Western Appalachian area of Kentucky through The Bridge Program.
  • Results: Emergency room visits have decreased throughout the course of the program and referrals to healthcare services have increased. Increases in self-efficacy and decreases in A1C levels have reached statistical significance.
Local Foods, Local Places in Williamson
Added October 2018
  • Need: In Williamson, West Virginia, access to fresh produce is limited.
  • Intervention: Williamson Health & Wellness Center, an FQHC, created a community garden, launched a weekly farmers market, connected local farmers to food entrepreneurs, and created a hub that launches ideas for healthy living.
  • Results: Residents' access to healthy foods has made a difference in their health and lifestyles.
Partners in Health and Wholeness
Updated/reviewed October 2018
  • Need: To lessen the impact of chronic disease and associated complications in North Carolina.
  • Intervention: Partners in Health and Wholeness, an initiative of the NC Council of Churches, is a faith-based program that integrates healthy living within congregations while offering financial support to launch or expand health initiatives.
  • Results: Since its founding in 2009, over 500 churches have become a part of the PHW, many in rural areas, and over 375 mini-grants have been awarded to congregations.