Contribute to Rural Evidence Base for Health Equity Programs and Initiatives
Decision-makers rely on evidence to make changes to programs, policies, and practices. By contributing to the
evidence base, rural communities can continue to make a case for investment in rural health equity. Sharing
program outcomes may also interest others who seek to address similar issues in their rural communities and
create opportunities for collaboration. Working collaboratively to form partnerships and work toward a shared
goal may give your program the edge needed to secure new funding sources.
There are many ways to disseminate the successes and challenges experienced by community health programs.
Research and project findings can be disseminated at the local, state, and national levels to reach as many
people as possible. The Social Determinants of Health Toolkit includes a list of suggested dissemination methods that may be applicable to
programs focused on health equity.
For more information on using and sharing program outcomes, visit Sharing Successes and Lessons Learned in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
Resources to Learn More
Renewal: Three Success Stories Capturing Prosperity/Health
Presents the stories of 3 rural communities in different geographic areas of the U.S. Describes their settlement
history, unique resources, and leadership initiatives for developing a resilient infrastructure to meet the
needs of the community. Discusses the implications of their successes for replication.
Author(s): Polakoff, P. L., Berens, D., & Angelson D.
Organization(s): A Healthier WE