Missouri 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 February 2021
- Need: To reduce violence against pregnant women and women with infants in rural Missouri.
- Intervention: A tool for existing home visiting programs, DOVE is a brochure-based and safety planning intervention for women experiencing interpersonal violence.
- Results: Women receiving the DOVE intervention saw a larger average decrease in number of violent incidents than women in the control group.
Updated/reviewed March 2021
- Need: Lack of healthcare providers, specifically physicians, in rural Missouri.
- Intervention: Rising second-year medical students at University of Missouri's School of Medicine are given the opportunity to participate in a clinical program in a rural community setting.
- Results: Almost half of the participants from 1996-2010 chose to practice in rural locations upon graduation.
Updated/reviewed December 2020
- Need: To increase access to an allergy/asthma/immunology specialist for children in rural Kansas and Missouri.
- Intervention: Children's Mercy Kansas City offers a telemedicine option for allergy/asthma/immunology visits.
- Results: Patients and their families report a 98% satisfaction rate with the telemedicine visits, which a six-month study found to be as effective as in-person visits.
Updated/reviewed July 2020
- Need: To make it easier for rural nurses to continue their education by decreasing the need to travel.
- Intervention: An innovative, online health assessment course uses telehealth to allow rural RN-BSN students to demonstrate skills acquisition.
- Results: Rural participants had similar learning outcomes to those participating in the onsite version of the course, with fewer travel costs, less time away from work, and higher overall satisfaction.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed January 2021
- Need: Increase number of medical providers in rural Missouri.
- Intervention: Grant-supported expansion of the Rural Track Training sites with additional medical student and resident rural curriculum offerings.
- Results: Since the 2016-2017 academic year, 50 medical students have rotated at the training sites supported by this grant and more than 350 medical students and residents have attended the focused lecture series.
Updated/reviewed November 2020
- Need: To provide HIV testing in rural areas while navigating around HIV stigma.
- Intervention: A pilot study to provide HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) rapid tests and then offer an HIV rapid test as well.
- Results: An increase in the number of people tested for HCV and HIV.
Updated/reviewed September 2020
- Need: Dental care access for children in low-income families living in a 7-county region of southwest Missouri.
- Intervention: A mobile dental unit was created to expand dental care access.
- Results: The Miles for Smiles mobile dental clinic provides comprehensive dental care to children throughout the 7-county region
Updated/reviewed August 2020
- Need: To help rural Missouri organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes.
- Intervention: MoCAP provides free grant writing services, technical assistance, and a mailing list of funding opportunities to organizations in its 84-county service area.
- Results: Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 600 proposals and helped bring in more than $290 million in funding.
Updated/reviewed April 2020
- Need: Slow the increasing rates of childhood obesity stemming, in part, from a lack of physical activity.
- Intervention: Creating a youth-oriented downtown skate park to build a culture of daily physical activity in the rural community of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
- Results: Increased physical activity opportunities for youth in the far southeast corner of Missouri, especially for those not typically involved in organized sports.
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: Monett, Missouri's high tobacco use rates, lack of access to fresh foods, limited walkability and bikeability, and aging downtown infrastructure were all affecting residents' health.
- Intervention: With planning assistance from Healthy Places for Healthy People, CoxHealth Monett led a coalition to revitalize downtown infrastructure and create opportunities for healthy living.
- Results: Changes have helped to improve patient health, increase exercise opportunities, enhance downtown, and engage Monett's Hispanic population.
Last Updated: 3/30/2021