Minnesota 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 January 2020
- Need: To connect low-income people in rural northwest Minnesota to dental care and support services in order to address barriers to care.
- Intervention: Partners work together to provide patient transportation, care coordination, and insurance navigation and enrollment.
- Results: Patients accessing support services are more likely to complete dental treatment. Over 1,000 people a year have been assisted with Medicaid enrollment, and reported use of the emergency department for dental pain has been reduced.
Updated/reviewed February 2021
- Need: In Vermont, the growing population of older adults, coupled with a lack of a decentralized, home-based system of care management, poses significant challenges for those who want to remain living independently at home.
- Intervention: SASH® (Support and Services at Home), based in affordable-housing communities throughout the state, works with community partners to help older adults and people with disabilities receive the care they need so they can continue living safely at home.
- Results: Compared to their non-SASH peers, SASH participants have been documented to have better health outcomes, including fewer falls, lower rates of hospitalizations, fewer emergency room visits, and lower Medicare and Medicaid expenditures.
Updated/reviewed August 2020
- Need: To increase local health services to rural elderly populations in long-term care facilities located in four Midwest states near a tertiary care organization.
- Intervention: A non-profit healthcare organization implemented telehealth services to provide acute care evaluations for long-term residents in their home facilities.
- Results: The program increased local care as evidenced by improved year-over-year provider-determined available transfer data: 33%, 50%, 63% program years 1 through 3, respectively. From the success of the initial pilot implementation, the program has further matured into a long-term care offering that now reaches many other rural facilities located in 10 states across the nation.
Updated/reviewed April 2020
- Need: Allow rural cancer patients in a region inclusive of 26 counties in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota to have access to tertiary-level chemotherapy regimens in rural infusion centers.
- Intervention: With telehealth-based oversight from a tertiary care oncology team, 3 rural infusion teams were trained to coordinate cancer treatment plans and administer complex chemotherapy regimens.
- Results: Almost 130 patients were transitioned to receive chemotherapy in a rural infusion center, translating to over 1,000 infusion visits and saving patients/families nearly 65,000 trip miles, 1,800 travel hours and $71,000.
Other Project Examples
Added November 2021
- Need: Dual platform to both teach health literacy principles to health professions students and disseminate health information to rural populations.
- Intervention: Writing project using community-specific public health data in order to write a plain language health education article suitable for publication in a rural newspaper.
- Results: Since program start in 2017, nearly 30 students have successfully published their plain language health education articles in one or more rural newspapers in 3 states.
Updated/reviewed September 2021
- Need: To combat prescription drug misuse in rural Morrison County, Minnesota.
- Intervention: The Morrison County ACH brings together primary care, social services, law enforcement, and other partners to make sure that patients receive treatment and support.
- Results: One pharmacy saw a 40% reduction in the number of prescribed opioids, and the ACH was able to taper 684 patients off opioids completely.
Updated/reviewed July 2021
- Need: To help older adults age in place.
- Intervention: For five months, CAPABLE participants receive home visits from a registered nurse, occupational therapist, and home repair services.
- Results: There are currently over 35 CAPABLE sites across the country, 8 of which are located in rural communities.
Updated/reviewed July 2021
- Need: To reduce suicide and substance-related deaths in North Dakota and Minnesota.
- Intervention: The Care and Support program provides support through phone calls and cards to those who have called suicide helplines or were referred by a healthcare provider.
- Results: In 2020, FirstLink made 9,932 calls and sent 1,108 cards to program participants.
Updated/reviewed July 2021
- Need: To connect farmers in stress with needed resources.
- Intervention: The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and website connect callers with counselors, help with daily living (like childcare or food assistance), and financial/legal advice.
- Results: In 2020, the helpline received 104 calls, and the website had more than 7,000 visits.
Updated/reviewed June 2021
- Need: To support rural veterans pursuing a career in nursing.
- Intervention: The INVITE program improved the curriculum and reworked admission requirements to better support veteran students' experiences in the College of St. Scholastica undergraduate nursing program.
- Results: The number of veterans pursuing nursing has more than doubled since program implementation, and all students have reported an increased interest in serving rural communities.
Last Updated: 11/16/2021