The Little Leaps program, powered in the partnership of HAH and SIUC School of Medicine, has received national attention from the Children's Hospital of Philadephia for its focus in developing an overlooked population: rural children.
"Efforts like the Little Leaps collaboration demonstrate how rural hospitals can contribute to improved population health and community well-being in their rural homes," stated Jennifer Whittaker of CHOP's PolicyLab. "In an era where rural hospitals have struggled to remain financially viable, HAH has transformed itself into the center of their small community by hosting a community center, Fusion Fitness and Aquatics and Hillsboro Community Childcare Development Center. Through their engagement in community initiatives, educational services and hometown recruitment programs, they prioritize not just the health of their patients but the well-being of the greater community."
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