Around the Country

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

Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program

Students listen to a Together We Can Be Bully Free presentation in Farmerville, Louisiana.


The connection between bullying and youth suicide in rural Union Parish, Louisiana, led a Critical Access Hospital to create an anti-bullying program. Together with local law enforcement, they teach students in elementary through high school the negative effects of peer victimization and how to model positive social behavior.

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July 25, 2018

Oregon Washington Health Network and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center “Tackle Everything” to Improve the Health of Local Community Members

Peer mentor graduating class held in La Grande, OR, in March 2018


The Oregon Washington Health Network and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center are addressing behavioral health challenges through peer counselors and heart disease/cancer prevention through community education. In addition, they’re collaborating with local healthcare facilities and medical schools to improve recruitment and retention.

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June 13, 2018

Washington Program Trains Dental Super-Generalists to Serve Rural Communities

RIDE student group


How do you attract dental students into practice in rural and underserved areas? With 70% of RIDE graduates practicing in those targeted areas, University of Washington School of Dentistry’s RIDE faculty, a preceptor, graduate, and current student share how it’s done and why it works.

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March 7, 2018

Southwest Telehealth Resource Center Helps Rural Providers Connect

Southwest Telehealth Resource Center logo


The Southwest, with its large geographic area of deserts and mountains, faces unique challenges when it comes to telehealth. The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center assists the region’s healthcare providers through training programs, technical assistance, webinars, and blogs.

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August 23, 2017

Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health

Jeff Elhart (left) and his brother, Wayne.


For the past few decades, suicide rates for working-aged men have been at a steep incline. Healthy Men Michigan is a unique campaign that evaluates the risk of depression and suicide in Michigan men through an anonymous online survey. Male-dominated industries and other organizations are drawn to the campaign’s creative methods that appeal to working-aged men.

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June 28, 2017

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