Arizona Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Updated/reviewed June 2017
- Need: To address high rates of diabetes in rural Hispanic/Latino populations near the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Intervention: A comprehensive, culturally competent diabetes education program was implemented in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
- Results: Since 2012, this program has helped participants better manage their diabetes and increase healthy living behaviors.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed September 2017
- Need: To integrate and enhance adolescent services in a rural Arizona county that borders Mexico.
- Intervention: The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) was developed to maximize local assets to improve adolescent health and wellness in Santa Cruz County. Their efforts enhance health services in schools, develop youth leaders, and equip adolescent-serving organizations.
- Results: Successfully improved adolescent wellness understanding and involvement, training a total of 783 participants in adolescent development topics. A school-linked healthcare system resulted in 217 referrals to primary care or behavioral health in 1 semester.
Updated/reviewed April 2017
- Need: A tangible way for providers to increase patients' access to affordable healthy food.
- Intervention: With the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, providers prescribe vouchers for patients to redeem for fruits and vegetables at local healthy food retailers.
- Results: Over 10,000 people have received FVRx prescriptions in rural and urban areas across 10 states.
Updated/reviewed February 2016
- Need: The Hispanic population in south Yuma County is at high risk for the negative effects of tobacco use.
- Intervention: Campesinos Sin Fronteras implemented Futuro Claro (“Clear Future” in English), which was a two-year, culturally-tailored tobacco use prevention and cessation project that uses Promotores de Salud, also known as lay health educators.
- Results: Thousands of young farmworkers living near the U.S.-Mexico border were educated on their way to or at their worksites about the negative effects of tobacco use and were provided with information about cessation techniques. Many agriculture companies also began to enforce existing smoking laws or adopt new ones in their workplaces. An anti-tobacco youth coalition was formed to create smoke-free regulations in local parks.
Added February 2016
- Need: Clinicians in rural areas are often unprepared to treat sexual assault victims after an assault.
- Intervention: The National TeleNursing Center (NTC) in Massachusetts uses telemedicine to connect Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners to clinicians in remote areas, offering them guidance through examinations.
- Results: Clinicians report that the help gives them confidence through the examination process. To date, every one of the remote sites' eligible sexual assault patients have consented to receiving help from NTC.
Last Updated: 9/6/2017