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Module 2: Evidence-Based and Promising Services Integration Program Models

Services integration programs can help to:

  • Increase access to care
  • Close gaps in insurance coverage
  • Link people to needed health and human services
  • Promote collaborative and coordinated care
  • Increase patient navigation
  • Improve the delivery of services
  • Improve health outcomes

Selecting and implementing a services integration program model in a rural community setting involves careful planning, community buy-in, and commitment from partners. The most appropriate program model may depend on:

  • The rural community's needs
  • The target population
  • Available resources such as space and transportation
  • Relationships between organizations in the community
  • The level of information sharing among providers and partners
  • Other community characteristics

To learn how to identify and adapt interventions, see Developing a Rural Community Health Program in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Rural communities can implement several different program models in order to achieve these goals. This toolkit describes eight different evidence-based and promising models for services integration, some of which have sub-models.

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Rural communities may choose to implement one or multiple services integration models. Many rural communities combine different evidence-based and promising models and implement more than one model at the same time to meet their needs. For more information about models that have been implemented together, see Module 7: Program Clearinghouse.