What is the RCO Program?
The Rural Community Outreach (RCO) program was created in response to the specific needs of rural communities. The purpose of the program is to actively engage with rural communities in a way that promotes community-building, expands programming based on local needs, and creates lasting change. Centered around creating meaningful relationships, the RCO program focuses on strengthening each community by connecting people with Parkinson’s to each other, to local resources and leaders, and to the statewide Parkinson’s network.
Local Community Action Committee
The most crucial part of the RCO program is the development of the local community action committee (LCAC). The LCAC is a group of motivated professionals and community members who take on a leadership role in the local community. Through the RCO program, the LCAC will be provided with the tools and resources to assess their community’s needs and develop a community-based Parkinson’s wellness program to meet those needs on an ongoing basis. With guidance from Parkinson’s Nebraska, the LCAC will design a program to meet an identified need and receive a grant up to $500 to support the program.
Through the program, the target community will receive:
◾ A Parkinson’s community needs assessment
◾ Personalized, technical assistance available to access online programs – if needed
◾ A unique community presentation based on local needs and resources
◾ A 1-2 week online wellness program that introduces a variety of Parkinson’s programs
◾ The development of a LCAC
◾ Up to $500 to support a Parkinson’s program or project identified by the LCAC
◾ Ongoing communication and support from Parkinson’s Nebraska
The pilot RCO program is currently underway. We are really excited about the outcomes so far and can’t wait to bring the program to communities across the state.
Stay tuned for updates!