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Illinois 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.

Evidence-Based Examples

Fit & Strong!®
Updated/reviewed August 2018
  • Need: Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition which often causes multiple related disabilities in older adults.
  • Intervention: An 8-week physical activity, behavior change, and falls prevention program geared to older adults with osteoarthritis.
  • Results: Participants gained confidence with increased exercise, lessened stiffness, improved joint pain and improved lower extremity strength and mobility.

Effective Examples

Medical Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois
Updated/reviewed June 2019
  • Need: Legal barriers often prevent economically disadvantaged people in Southern Illinois from obtaining positive health outcomes despite receiving medical care.
  • Intervention: The Medical Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois (MLPSI) was formed to create a system where medical providers can refer patients in need of legal assistance to local attorneys.
  • Results: Over 4,300 patients have utilized MLPSI since its founding in 2002. The program has relieved over $8.1 million in medical debt for both hospitals and patients.

Other Project Examples

Regional Behavioral Health Network
Updated/reviewed April 2019
  • Need: Multiple organizations in rural east central Illinois were struggling with how to treat patients with behavioral health issues or how to access services for them in a timely manner.
  • Intervention: The Regional Behavioral Health Network was established with a 24-hour toll-free crisis line, providing immediate access to trained crisis clinicians.
  • Results: Improved access to and a higher quality of behavioral healthcare for patients in rural east central Illinois.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Win With Wellness
Updated/reviewed April 2019
  • Need: To reduce risk of obesity and chronic disease in rural northwest Illinois.
  • Intervention: Win With Wellness (WWW) collaborates with community organizations and worksites to improve physical activity and eating behaviors and reduce weight among adults through a multi-component approach.
  • Results: Since 2015, the two participating counties have initiated 28 Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) groups with 367 participants. An additional 360 people attended short community sessions related to healthy eating, physical activity, and overall wellness.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funded by the Health Resources Services Administration Florissa
Updated/reviewed November 2018
  • Need: To address the developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of rural children ages 0-18 in northwest Illinois.
  • Intervention: A centralized facility is being developed that serves as a one-stop shop for children and families facing developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional issues.
  • Results: Florissa continues to increase its referral numbers, expand its sessions and service offerings, and provide more information resources. It also co-located with the KSB Hospital pediatric department and is working to be certified as a pediatric patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
ICAHN External Peer Review Network
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural Illinois required an external mechanism for peer review.
  • Intervention: Using physicians from network member hospitals, a CAH network implemented a peer review process.
  • Results: Staff peer reviews also improved healthcare quality within the CAH network.
Illinois Rural Community Care Organization
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: To improve value-based care and organize the efforts of rural Illinois' independent providers with a shared vision of population health management.
  • Intervention: A Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (MSSP ACO) was established that participates in federal and state repayment programs.
  • Results: The newly formed ACO is one of the first statewide ACOs to establish local care coordination programs that encompass hospital, clinic and practice settings.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Visiting School Nurse Program
Updated/reviewed August 2017
  • Need: Students in rural communities lacked access to healthcare services, resulting in poor school performance.
  • Intervention: The Visiting School Nurse program was created to improve access to health care for 6,000 students in Fulton County, Illinois.
  • Results: After the three years of the grant-funded program, the program continues to serve one school district and staff with a variety of health services and educational campaigns.

Last Updated: 6/20/2019