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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.

Effective Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Vivir Mejor! (Live Better!) System of Diabetes Prevention and Care
Updated/reviewed May 2020
  • 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

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program (CHIPP)
Updated/reviewed January 2020
  • Need: To reduce 911 use and improve older adults' health in rural Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
  • Intervention: Community paramedics make scheduled visits to patients and connect them to other community resources.
  • Results: CHIPP has assisted over 150 people so far, and 911 calls have decreased.
funded by the Health Resources Services Administration National Jewish Health Rural Miners Outreach Clinics
Added December 2019
  • 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.
Bike Ajo
Added September 2019
  • Need: To increase physical activity in rural Arizona.
  • Intervention: The Bike Ajo Coalition developed a comprehensive bicycle program for adults and youth, which provides bicycle helmets, repairs, community rides, an after-school bike program, and education.
  • Results: Community members have volunteered to become League-Certified Cycling Instructors, and 24 people are interested in joining the Bike Ajo Coalition.
funded by the Health Resources Services Administration Sexual Assault Nurse Exams through the National TeleNursing Center
Updated/reviewed April 2019
  • 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.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
Updated/reviewed September 2018
  • 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.
Wholesome Rx
Updated/reviewed June 2018
  • Need: A tangible way for providers to increase patients' access to affordable healthy food.
  • Intervention: With Wholesome Rx, a 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 Wholesome Rx prescriptions in rural and urban areas across 10 states.

Last Updated: 5/20/2020