Indiana 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 December 2017
- Need: To reduce the risk of HIV/STDs among Latino men living in rural regions of the United States.
- Intervention: Soccer team leaders are elected and trained as lay health advisors to promote sexual health education among team members.
- Results: Program participants report an increase in HIV testing, an increase in condom use, and an increase in awareness of how to prevent the transmission of HIV.
Updated/reviewed October 2017
- Need: To help enroll and retain children and their families in health insurance in Noble County, Indiana.
- Intervention: A school-based health insurance outreach program focused on connecting children to health insurance.
- Results: More than 600 individuals have enrolled in health insurance.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed June 2018
- Need: Improved approach in addressing the behavioral health and primary care disparities of Indiana’s underserved rural counties by increasing access through health insurance enrollment and providing health literacy education.
- Intervention: A network was established that dually trained community health workers (CHW) and certified health insurance enrollment navigators to aid in behavioral health and primary care services.
- Results: This year, ASPIN trained 49 CHWs, cross-trained 191 behavioral health case managers as CHWs, and 175 individuals in the Indiana Navigator Precertification Education.
Added May 2018
- Need: To reduce and prevent abuse and violence in rural Grant County, Indiana.
- Intervention: A prevention program uses age-appropriate materials to teach children from Head Start through high school about topics like healthy relationships and nonviolent ways to deal with anger.
- Results: Surveys show that teachers appreciate the presentations and that students learn more about these topics, strategies they can use in violent or abusive situations, and available resources.
Updated/reviewed April 2018
- Need: To address the lack of mental healthcare options for rural veterans.
- Intervention: A telebehavioral health hub network was created to connect community mental health centers to the VA Medical Center.
- Results: To date, 2,071 IVBHN appointments have been made, saving veterans time and money.
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.
Updated/reviewed July 2017
- Need: To improve sustainability and financial viability for rural healthcare providers throughout Indiana.
- Intervention: A network of rural healthcare providers for Critical Access and other hospitals in Indiana who are dedicated to improving their ability to deliver efficient and high-quality healthcare for their rural residents.
- Results: The network has been leveraged to increase access to resources, coordinate services, and improve and expand healthcare access.
Last Updated: 6/7/2018