To the west in Utah, approximately 408,000 adults or 20% of the state’s adult population have arthritis. Of those adults with arthritis, 45% are limited in their everyday activities because of the disease. Those in rural and frontier settings often have significantly less access to healthcare services. The Utah Department of Health’s Arthritis Program, funded by CDC, currently works with community organizations—HealthInsight, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Central Utah Department of Health—to offer a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program known as “Living Wellexternal icon,” which maintains a web portal where residents can easily register for and learn more about the workshops.
In implementing its home visitation program, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services used a Task Force recommendation from The Community Guideexternal icon for home-based, multi-trigger, multi-component environmental interventions that support children and adolescents with asthma. CDC awarded the agency funding for a quality improvement plan, which referenced the Task Force recommendation. Within one month of implementation, the proportion of children in the program who experienced asthma-related symptoms dropped from 23% to 7%.
Related Health Topics: Child Health
In rural South Carolina the risk of cancer-related death is a complex public health problem. The St. James-Santee Family Health Center launched the Black Corals program to increase cancer screening among women. The Community Guideexternal icon served as a resource to help the program dramatically increase breast and cervical cancer screenings in their community.
Related Health Topics: Cancer
The Influenza and Zoonoses Education among Youth in Agriculture (Youth in Ag) program is a successful collaboration between CDC, USDA, CSTE, Land-grant universities, and state and local governments that aims to reach millions of rural youth and their families who are at a higher risk of exposure to swine (variant) influenza and other zoonotic diseases. Michigan is one of four states that has received funding since 2014. Through this program, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)external icon and Michigan State University (MSU) Extensionexternal icon have created and distributed tens of thousands of educational materialsexternal icon to rural youth through 4-H including a “Zoonotic Disease Educational toolkit”. The materials engage youth directly with in-person courses such as the “Be a Disease Detective” Exploration Days. Additionally, MDHHS and MSU have hosted 46 events such as regional meetings themed “Be Healthy at the Fair” to engage local agricultural stakeholders throughout Michigan. Successful human and animal health partnerships developed through the Youth in Ag program facilitated a rapid response to agricultural fair-associated cases of swine (variant) influenza H3N2v in people in Michigan and Ohio in 2016.
Related Health Topics: Vaccines
In Illinois, concerns of rising obesity rates led policymakers to write a plan for state standards that enhance physical education in schools based on evidence-based intervention strategies from The Community Guideexternal icon. The plan requires regular fitness testing in every school, as well as curriculum development. More than 800 teachers from 300 school districts have been trained to implement the related standards.
Related Health Topics: Health Behaviors
Child safety seat use increased by 34% on the Yurok Tribe Reservation, four years after starting Buckle Up Yurok (BUY), a motor vehicle injury prevention program developed by the California Rural Indian Health Board. In 2010, the Board received a CDC grant to launch BUY. The grant required the program to use motor vehicle injury prevention strategies from The Community Guideexternal icon. Program coordinator Danielle Lippert says, “The [Task Force’s] findings helped us choose interventions that we could be confident were effective.”
Related Health Topics: Motor Vehicle Safety