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.
Need: Early detection of health risks associated with mining in the Western region of the United States.
Intervention: The National Jewish Health Miners Clinic of Colorado developed two rural outreach programs that partner with local healthcare facilities to offer free medical screening for active and retired miners and historic uranium industry workers.
Results: Since beginning in 2003, these programs have served over 2,000 miners and historic uranium industry workers. Dust disease of the lungs have been detected on chest X-ray screenings in 16% of patients, abnormal breathing tests have been found in 24%, and other chronic conditions have been detected.
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 and NTC has assisted in the care of over 300 patients.
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 1,494 participants in adolescent development and mental health topics. A school-linked healthcare system resulted in 288 referrals to primary care or behavioral health.