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.
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
Added January 2018
- Need: To expand public health and human services to adults living in rural West Central Missouri.
- Intervention: The Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri's Network organizes Project Connect events, a 1-day public health event that offers free public health and human services to underserved adults.
- Results: In 2017 alone, Project Connect events provided a total of 6,880 incidents of services to guests, a $232,000 value.
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.
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.
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: 1/12/2018