Ohio 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 March 2020
- Need: A drug and alcohol prevention program for middle school students that is specific to rural culture in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- Intervention: An adaptation of the evidence-based keepin' it REAL curriculum was customized for rural middle school students.
- Results: Students showed a reduction in all substance use and less personal acceptability of substance use.
Added May 2020
- Need: Improve healthcare access and decrease chronic disease disparities in rural Appalachia.
- Intervention: A community health worker-based Chronic Care Management program demonstrated such a level of success in a single West Virginia county that it was further scaled for implementation in a multi-center, 3-state area of Appalachia.
- Results: When analysis of the disseminated program's results also demonstrated improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs, sustainability became possible due to innovative financial reimbursement models.
Updated/reviewed November 2018
- Need: To reduce obesity among adults in rural east central Ohio.
- Intervention: Fit for Life Replication Project for Expansion was developed to make it possible to lose weight through practicing healthier lifestyle behaviors.
- Results: Out of the 443 adults who have completed the program, 81% experienced weight loss, a tangible result of the program's overarching goal to enhance levels of health and fitness.
Updated/reviewed April 2020
- Need: To reduce smoking rates of pregnant women and adolescents in Appalachian regions of Eastern Kentucky and Ohio.
- Intervention: A web-based smoking cessation program that offered monetary incentives to reducing smoking.
- Results: Participants significantly reduced smoking rates or quit altogether.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed June 2020
- Need: To reduce rates of chronic disease in Appalachian Ohio by increasing fruit and vegetable intake.
- Intervention: Ohio State University Extension-Vinton County established a community garden, container gardens, and classes to provide residents with fresh produce and healthy cooking/canning techniques.
- Results: The number of gardeners has increased in Vinton County, providing residents with healthier food.
Updated/reviewed May 2020
- Need: To prevent readmissions and improve the recovery process for older adults in rural southern Ohio.
- Intervention: Hospital2Home identifies high-risk individuals and provides vouchers for services like personal care and home-delivered meals.
- Results: In the program's first year, Hospital2Home served twice as many patients as the region's previous program and used 27% less funding. In addition, 89% of patients did not readmit for 3 months post-hospital discharge.
Updated/reviewed March 2020
- Need: To improve health outcomes in rural Appalachian Ohio.
- Intervention: Schools as a Hub for Health promotes holistic wellness for the whole community by creating or bringing in programs that support physical, mental, and social health.
- Results: The project has gained administrator buy-in and was featured in a December 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps webinar.
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: Organized effort targeting COPD patients' medical needs in order to prevent hospital readmission in Zanesville, Ohio.
- Intervention: Creation of an integrated system model using nurse navigators that incorporates evidence-based chronic disease care management approaches to COPD care.
- Results: Improved readmission rates and overall improved acute and chronic care for the area's COPD patients.
Updated/reviewed July 2019
- Need: Meeting both advanced practice pharmacy student education needs and patient healthcare needs in a nearby rural/underserved area.
- Intervention: With support from multiple organizations, students in the Ohio Northern University's College of Pharmacy program use a motor coach to deliver a wide range of healthcare services during scheduled outreach visits.
- Results: In the program's first two years, point-of-care screening, immunizations, and chronic disease prevention and management education have been provided to 800+ Hardin County, Ohio, residents.
Added March 2019
- Need: School-based drug misuse prevention program in Appalachian Ohio, a need triggered by a high school student's overdose death.
- Intervention: Implementation of the HOPE curriculum, an age-appropriate K through 12th grade drug abuse prevention program.
- Results: No further drug overdose deaths after curriculum initiated.
Last Updated: 6/5/2020