Rural Health Topics & States State Guides Missouri
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.
Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program (DOVE)
Updated/reviewed March 2022
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. Effective Examples
MU AHEC Summer Community Program
Updated/reviewed September 2023
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. Other Project Examples
Mobile Integrated Healthcare Network (MIHN)
Added September 2023
Need: To bring preventive care and other services to rural Missouri patients with chronic illnesses and difficulties accessing primary care.
Intervention: Community paramedics and community health workers make home visits and provide basic care, home assessments, and medication reconciliation and facilitate telehealth visits.
Results: Patients experienced improved access to care, health status, and compliance with medication regimens along with increased patient engagement, satisfaction, and access to community resources.
University of Missouri School of Medicine Rural Track Elective Program Opportunities
Updated/reviewed September 2023
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 August 2023
Need: To help Missouri organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes.
Intervention: MoCAP provides free grant writing services and technical assistance for federal/national funding opportunities to eligible organizations in its 84-county service area.
Results: Since 2010, MoCAP has provided support for over 800 proposals and helped bring in more than $465 million in funding.
Catalysts for Community Health
Updated/reviewed June 2023
Need: To increase access to health information in low-income and rural communities throughout the Midwest.
Intervention: The University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies developed Catalysts for Community Health (C4CH), an interdisciplinary program designed to train Master of Library and Information Science students to expand health information resources for underserved communities.
Results: The cohort of 10 students graduated in summer of 2022.
HCC Network of Rural Missouri's Project Connect Event
Updated/reviewed April 2023
Need: To expand public health and human services to adults living in rural West Central Missouri.
Intervention: Health Care Collaborative Network of Rural Missouri organizes Project Connect events, daylong resource fairs that offer free public health and human services to underserved adults.
Results: In 2022, Project Connect events welcomed 179 guests and facilitated 2,673 total service encounters.
Rapid HCV Testing as an HIV Testing Strategy in Rural Areas
Updated/reviewed November 2022
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.
Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Unit
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.
Healthy Places for Healthy People in Monett
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.
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