Around the Country

Learn about programs and initiatives being undertaken in different states to address rural health and human services issues. Have an idea for an Around the Country story? Please contact kristine@ruralhealthinfo.org.

Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership: Leveraging Public-Private Funds to Improve Health

FORHP Grants in Motion, featuring Williamson, West Virginia


Public agencies and private non-profit groups have mutual interests in improving the health of rural Americans. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and philanthropy organizations worked together to create a unique funding opportunity, the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program. Two health care organizations and their philanthropy partners share how coordinated efforts benefit patients with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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May 31, 2017

Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions

Tea Time with Teens participants enjoying tea


Tea Time with Teens is a South Carolina program that taps into the area’s traditions to lower the teen pregnancy rate. While bonding over tea with the women of the community, girls learn how to make healthy decisions and become more confident, capable leaders.

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January 25, 2017

Pennsylvania Mobile Team Addresses Substance Use Disorders


In Pennsylvania, more people are dying from drug overdose than from car accidents. The FORHP-funded Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT) program works to educate medical staff on addiction and recovery and to support patients as they navigate the recovery process.

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November 16, 2016

Chuuk Women’s Council Empowers Micronesian Women to be Healthcare Leaders

Kiki Stinnett and family


Women in Chuuk, Micronesia, often serve as caregivers for their families and communities. But without a formal education, many women can’t move beyond their immediate environments. The Chuuk Women’s Council provides education and training for Micronesian women, empowering them to become leaders in health.

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November 2, 2016

Rural Farmers Market Promotes Food Security

Two young customers of the Allegan Farmers Market


About one in seven Americans struggles with hunger, and rural communities seem to be hit especially hard. The Allegan Farmers Market is helping its low-income, senior, and other nutritionally at-risk populations gain access to Michigan-grown produce through a variety of incentives. These incentives include free transportation and Double Up Food Bucks that matches SNAP participants’ spending.

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September 21, 2016

Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds

Dr. McKnight teaching the Fit for Life course


A unique wellness program in rural Ohio has impacted nearly 2,000 adults. Participants of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life program have reversed their diabetes, lowered cholesterol, lost weight, and are even sleeping better. The secret lies in Dr. Timothy McKnight’s curriculum that centers around a change of mindset to spur long-term physical health.

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August 24, 2016

The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health

Reverend Richard Joyner


By teaching youth how to better their health and economic situation, Reverend Richard Joyner has inspired the Conetoe community to make lasting changes. Read more about how the Conetoe Family Life Center’s garden camp and partnerships with local hospitals have revolutionized the health of northeast North Carolina.

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June 29, 2016

Illinois Network Puts Hospitals’ Needs First

ICAHN logo


Since its start, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network has designed services to meet the needs of rural hospitals across the state. Through leveraging FORHP funds and their partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health, ICAHN has helped 54 hospitals transition from competition to collaboration.

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May 31, 2016

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH

CATCH student Brianna Hale with CATCH character


Across the nation, 11,000 sites are using The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. This article focuses on one Illinois region that has engaged 76% of their elementary schools in healthy eating and physical activity through CATCH.

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April 13, 2016