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Human Services to Support Rural Health Models and Innovations

These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas and provide lessons others have learned. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.

Effective Examples

Medical-Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois
Added October 2016
  • Need: Legal barriers often prevent economically disadvantaged people in Southern Illinois from obtaining positive health outcomes despite receiving medical care.
  • Intervention: The Medical-Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois (MLPSI) was formed to create a system where medical providers can refer patients in need of legal assistance to local attorneys.
  • Results: Over 2,500 patients have utilized MLPSI since its founding in 2002. The program has relieved over $8.1 million in medical debt for both hospitals and patients.

Other Project Examples

Together for Beaufort County
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: A community-wide collaborative process to identify and address specific quality-of-life challenges confronting the citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina.
  • Intervention: Together for Beaufort County facilitates the coordination of nearly 2 dozen coalitions that address economic, social, health, educational, and environmental factors through data sharing and goal setting of like-minded community agencies.
  • Results: Communication and collaboration among agencies has greatly increased. The community has experienced successes such as the improvement of prenatal health rates.
Youth Emergency Services, Inc. Independent and Transitional Living Programs
Updated/reviewed June 2017
  • Need: Adolescents leaving foster care or other unsafe living situations need extra assistance, but they are often left without any kind of family or support system. As a result, they are at a greater risk for homelessness, unemployment, and entering the criminal justice system.
  • Intervention: The Youth Emergency Services, Inc. Independent and Transitional Living programs assist at-risk adolescents and young adults with housing, education, and development of life skills.
  • Results: These two programs help young people under the age of 22 find secure, affordable housing; graduate from high school; obtain employment; and gain skills to live sustainable and constructive lives.
Start Healthy, Start Now
Updated/reviewed April 2017
  • Need: Rural childcare providers have limited resources to learn about mental and physical health promotion and obesity prevention
  • Intervention: A free health promotion training program for rural childcare providers
  • Results: Rural childcare providers are better prepared to impact children's health and well-being.

Last Updated: 6/6/2017