Practice. The goal of the
Rural Healthy People 2010 project (RHP2010) is to maximize the impact of
Healthy People 2010 on health conditions in rural America. Toward this
goal, the project reviews 15 rural health priority areas identified by a
nationwide survey of rural health leaders
and presents community-based Models for Practice employed to address
What is a Model
for Practice? It combines elements of best practices and model programs. Among these elements are innovation, measurement and assessment, and replicability across rural settings.
for Models for Practice were identified through a variety of avenues. Over 250 models were nominated through a national survey of over 1000 rural
health leaders and/or experts. Additional
models were identified through literature reviews and requests for
nominations from trade associations
organizations. Nominated programs are screened and surveyed to determine
the scope of the program or practice and presence of those elements
indicative of Models for Practice (innovative, problem-based,
coordination of organizations and services, new technologies, new application of an
existing technology, representative of a radical change to existing
practices, may or may not be theory based, experimental and subject to
An overview of the Rural Healthy People 2010 Project
Final Rural Healthy People 2010 document Volumes 1, 2, and 3
Brief summaries of top rural health concerns, related models for
practice, and literature reviews on these concerns are presented
here. This page is an electronic version of the the final
Database of rural models for practice searchable by focus area,
state, or program name.
Catalog of Models
Using the link below, the Models for Practice catalog may be searched by
Healthy People 2010 focus
area (such as access or diabetes), state, or program name. Each of the Models for Practice is
described under the general headings of:
a Model for Practice
Contact Information and Snapshot
Provides contact information and a
brief overview of the project.
Provides a description of the
program's key elements.
Making a Difference
Describes the program's assessment of
progress and/or outcomes.
Major steps in the development of the
Challenges and Solutions
Difficulties encountered and
Note: For each of the priority areas, only a handful of models were
selected for inclusion and the list is certainly not exhaustive.
The project hopes to continue researching, cataloging, and
highlighting programs and practices as funding allows. Additional
model program listings may be found online at: The Bureau of Primary Health Care (Models that Work) and SAMHSA