Rural Health Outreach Project (RHOP)

Rural Health Outreach Project (RHOP)

Photo of mother and two childrenSixty-three of South Dakota's 66 counties are designated as frontier or rural, and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) living in these communities are much less likely than their urban area and large town counterparts to meet target goals (outcome measurements) set by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

RHOP, is a three-year project funded by the through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs.   MCHB is supporting SDPC in partnering with providers and systems statewide to improve outcomes for rural/frontier area CYSHCN in the following areas:
  • Families partner in decision making and are satisfied with the services they receive.
  • Children are screened early and continuously for special health care needs.
  • Community-based service systems are organized so that families can use them.
  • Youth with special health care needs receive the services necessary to make transition to adulthood in education, employment and health care.
The RHOP draws upon SDPC's strategic partnerships, outreach and individual assistance to promote early and continuous identification of special health care needs, improved access to community-based systems of care and improved transition tools and options for youth in transition.

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