The Kentucky Homeplace Project: Family Health Care Advisers in Underserved Rural Communities

Seq ID: 657
DocID: KY17
Authors: Schoenberg N, Campbell K, Garrity J, Snider L, Main K
Year: 2001
State: KY
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Publicly Available: Yes
Evidence Generation: General, Results from pilots or studies not published in formal literature

The Kentucky Homeplace Project (KHP) is a state-legislated program designed to address well-documented deficits in the health status of and health resources available to many of Kentucky’s rural residents. Since its inception in 1994, the KHP has served approximately 80,000 clients, primarily through home visits by trained, locally residing paraprofessionals known as family health care advisers. These family health care advisers employ culturally appropriate strategies to meet immediate needs as well as to foster long-term client empowerment and the adoption of health prevention strategies. This descriptive examination of KHP provides information regarding (a) the advantages of the program, with specific attention to its orientation toward provision of culturally appropriate health services; (b) the disadvantages of KHP including competing budgetary priorities and its vulnerability to local economic and political trends; and (c) the potential application of similar programs for other rural, difficult-to-reach populations.

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