The Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) is an interdisciplinary health services and research institute at Ohio University. Recognizing that Ohio University’s unique position to address critical rural health issues, ARHI was established by a team of researchers and staff members from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, the Scripps College of Communication, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The institute and its name were officially approved by the Ohio University Board of Trustees in September, 2003.
The Appalachian Rural health Institute (ARHI) was formally established in 2003 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees with support from the Colleges of Health and Human Services (now the College of Health Sciences and Professions ) and the Osteopathic Medicine (now the Heritage Col lege of Osteopathic Medicine). ARHI’s initial efforts focused on the establishment of a Diabetes-Endocrine Center in 2006, which grew and evolved into the newly formed Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. Since then, ARHI as expanded its mission by facilitating community-engaged research and scholarship to improve the quality of life among individuals living in rural Appalachia. ARHI facilitates collaboration among researchers, educators, experts, and community partners to address health concerns and quality of life in underserved and rural populations.
The Appalachian Rural Health Institute’s mission is to improve the health status and quality of life for rural Appalachian populations by fostering interprofessional research, community outreach, education, and scholarly activities through collaborative partnerships that empower university and community stakeholders.