Rural Health

Cornerstone Whole Healthcare Organization (C-WHO) partners with local and regional primary care providers, mental health professionals, and healthcare networks to provide quality, accessible, low-cost healthcare resources to those who live in rural communities. Rural health is at the heart of C-WHO and inspires almost every project and grant we facilitate.


Rural America Health Facts

  • Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., resulting in approximately 52,000 deaths in 2015

  • In the U.S., suicide was responsible for 44,193 deaths in 2015, which is approximately one suicide every 12 minutes

  • Rural Americans are at greater risk of death from 5 leading causes (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke) than urban Americans (Based on CDC data)


Our Strategic Objective

We foster equitable health outcomes for rural populations by:

  • Improve rural patient experience

  • Increase workforce recruitment and retention for rural areas

  • Improve health workforce wellness

  • Provide tailored and cost-effective data and analytic solutions for rural clinics


Current Projects

C-WHO has helped numerous networks and clinics develop and implement clinical integration:

PacificSource D-DIRCS

Develops technical assistance for rural primary care to develop integrated behavioral health.


Telehealth Parity Network for Independent Mental Health Practitioners


Rural Emergent Alternative Surgical Opioid Non-Use, funded by HRSA, provides expert-guided education focused on opioid-sparing analgesia guidelines to health care providers, patients, and families to mitigate surgically-gated opioid use disorder at one-year follow-up. A standard of care will be developed for providers, patients, and parents/legal guardians to communicate with surgeons and anesthesiologists on how to request non-opioid surgical options.


Idaho Integrated Behavioral Health Network creates a network of Integrated Behavioral Health providers that share resources and promote integrated behavioral health.


The Greater Rural Idaho Telehealth Team Expansion (GRITTE) Project, funded by HRSA, provides tele-behavioral health in rural under-served communities.


The Arkansas Lives Network of Care, funded by HRSA,  and in partnership with ABHIN, enables primary care practices and partners to link together to develop enhanced resources and systems to prevent and manage suicide in rural Arkansas.


Lauren Moore Cunningham Foundation project, provides tele-behavioral health in rural under-served communities.


The Arkansas Rural Opioid Use Team and Treatment, funded by HRSA, and in partnership with ABHIN, aims to improve prevention, treatment, and management skills related to OUD for primary care teams in rural Arkansas.


The Idaho Rural Opioid Prevention and Pharmacy Education Stewardship project, funded by HRSA, provides better systems of care for individuals with opioid use disorder and their families by linking primary care, law enforcement, community resources, and other services in rural areas across Idaho.


The Pride in Idaho Care Neighborhoods, funded by Cambia Health Foundation, C-WHO has partnered with Valor Health to pilot a model of coordinated and whole person care to marginalized patient populations in rural areas.

Helping the Helpers

The Helping the Helpers project, funded by Pfizer, provides training and resources for care providers to help reduce fatigue and burnout.


Healthy Minds Partnership project, funded by BlueCross, looks to increase access to specialty behavioral health services for students and families in rural communities.


Project Outcomes

  • Delivered over 60 suicide prevention trainings in Idaho, Wyoming, and Arkansas in 2020 and 2021

  • Hosted 4 years of Integrated Behavioral health Conferences for practitioners and clinicians

  • Enhanced behavioral heath integration programs in over 60 clinics

  • Provided 10+ rural clinics with data and analytics technical support 

  • Provided resiliency trainings to front line workers in rural communities to combat pandemic distress

“It is amazing to see how they [C-WHO] operate, they are so efficient, brilliant, and caring. They really do try to understand who you are as an organization and what your goals and aspirations are. We’ve seen that in the way they have helped our IT and administration departments. ”

-Rachel Armstrong, PharmD

Anthony LeonRural Health
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