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Module 3: Program Clearinghouse

This section describes examples of rural organizations that are addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in their communities. SDOH are complex and involve implementing cross-disciplinary approaches. Successful programs often partner with healthcare entities; federal, state, and local agencies; schools; other nonprofit and faith-based organizations; and local community leaders.

For more information about the evidence-based and promising approaches for addressing SDOH described in this section, see Module 2.

  • Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3)
    Synopsis: Coalition of community leaders, schools, law enforcement, families, and other partners collaborating to address and prevent youth substance use in Ohio.
  • GrowingChange
    Synopsis: Nonprofit organization preventing at-risk youth from entering the criminal justice system by teaching agricultural job skills on the site of a former prison in rural North Carolina.
  • Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP)
    Synopsis: Statewide nonprofit empowering low-income Alaskans through culturally appropriate advocacy, education, affordable housing, and direct services.
  • Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS)
    Synopsis: An organization funded by a local health center to implement resident-driven projects that increase the level of social, educational, physical, and economic health in the community.
  • The Community Caring Collaborative (CCC)
    Synopsis: Partnership of over 45 agencies, organizations, and community members to create a system of care that improves outcomes for at-risk infants, young children, and their families in Maine.
  • Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE)
    Synopsis: Nonprofit organization partnering with several organizations and community members in the Navajo Nation. Through outreach, capacity building, and increasing access to healthy food, COPE aims to improve lives and empower those living with chronic disease.
  • Rural Economic Assistance League, Inc. (REAL Inc.)
    Synopsis: Integrated behavioral health project providing transportation, healthcare services, and community resources to rural individuals with severe mental illness in southern Texas.
  • Community And Shelter Assistance Corporation (CASA of Oregon)
    Synopsis: Nonprofit community development corporation specializing in developing affordable housing and facilities, and providing asset-building and financial inclusion opportunities and other programs for underserved farmworkers and other urban and rural Oregonians.