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Appalachian Rural Health Institute

The Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) fosters interprofessional research, community outreach, education, and scholarly activities through collaborative partnerships that empower university and community stakeholders to design solutions for rural health.

ARHI strives to build a strong foundation by bringing together researchers, community members and health care professionals with common interests and a variety of academic backgrounds.
Goals of the Institute:

  • Identify personal and material resources at Ohio University and the region linked with crafting new traditions for Appalachian health.
  • Identify current knowledge and concerns about diverse health care concerns, risks, barriers to care, and needs of those residing in Appalachian Ohio and other rural Appalachian regions.
  • Foster the development of a scholarly environment where high-quality inter-professional and community research, scholarship, and education about rural Appalachian health can be conducted.
  • Support policy that advocates for the health care needs of Appalachian populations at the regional, state, and national level.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Hamel-Lambert, MBA, PhD
Director, Appalachian Rural Health Institute
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
347 Grosvenor Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-2289

Tania B. Basta, Ph.D., MPH, CHES
Associate Director, Appalachian Rural Health Institute
Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions
Department of Social and Public Health
Grover Center W359
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4681