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Office of Rural and Underserved Programs

Who We Are

The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs and its initiatives were supported initially with funding through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (OHF) Vision 2020 Grant (awarded 2011).

Preparing learners for patient-centered primary care in underserved places

We prepare learners in medical school and residency for patient-centered primary care in rural and underserved communities, and for the generalist specialties of primary importance to these communities, through community engagement, ongoing curriculum design, program implementation and assessment, faculty development, student support, and medical education research.

The application for proposals for Medical Education Research is closed.

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Finding Fulfillment in Serving Rural Patients

StageCoach Family Medicine

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The AAFP featured Scott Anzalone, MD, in an article about his experiences as a family physician in rural Ohio.

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Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)

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RUSP Immersion Experience

Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program

This co-curricular program provides students and residents with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to meet patients’ health care needs in rural and urban underserved communities.

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Patient-Centered Primary Care Curriculum

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Enhancing patient-centered primary care curriculum

When doctors are reimbursed for good outcomes rather than the volume of patients they serve, the move to a more efficient and effective patient-centered model becomes an economic necessity as well as good care.

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Community Engagement

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Engagement with Underserved Communities


We engage with rural and urban underserved communities to address
health disparities and improve health outcomes.



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Other Initiatives and Collaborations

Initiatives and Collaborations

Our office is involved in several local, national and international collaborative projects and special initiatives related to health in rural and urban underserved communities, like Rural PREP (Watch video above)

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Who We Are

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Randall Longenecker, MD, FAAFP

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Katy Kropf, D.O. (’02)


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Our News and Events

Stay current with news from our office and join us at our upcoming events.

News and Events


  • Workshop lets health professions students practice respectful teamwork

    The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted a full-day workshop aimed at helping health professions students learn how to better care for patients in ways that are mutually respectful, unrestricted by stereotypes and genuinely curious. The theme for the event: “Caring for the Underserved in an Interprofessional and Interpersonal Way.”
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  • Interprofessional summit stresses human connections as soul of teamwork

    Improving teamwork was the theme of a summit Jan. 27, sponsored by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Rural and Underserved Programs. It featured workshops for Heritage College and other health profession students, and a keynote address by Andrew Morris-Singer, an expert on relational leadership in health care.
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  • First Heritage College Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways students receive D.O. degrees

    When the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine launched its Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program in 2013, the purpose was simple: to prepare future physicians to practice in medically underserved communities. In just three years, the program is well on its way.
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  • Open Book Project focuses on narrative medicine

    Faculty and staff from throughout our medical school and the Scripps College of Communication have developed the Open Book Project, a unique program grounded in narrative medicine that’s part of a larger movement to embrace diversity, cultivate inclusion and promote affiliation.