The Ohio University Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) exists to encourage research on health issues relevant to the Appalachian region, rural communities and underserved populations. ARHI fosters the creation of interdisciplinary approaches to improve all aspects of rural health, interpreting the concept of health in the broadest sense in order to allow for creative innovations that address the physiological, psychological, social, economic, environmental, vocational, emotional, spiritual, and holistic aspects linked with well-being and quality of life.

Funding Spotlight

Congratulations to Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), led by Dr. Dawn Graham, which was recently awarded funding for $694,000 from the Ohio Department of Health through SAMHSA.   The purpose of LAUNCH is to promote health and wellness for children ages 0-8 and their families. Originally written through Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children (IPAC) and the Ohio Department of Health, LAUNCH has worked with over 90 local, state, and federal agencies to promote child health.


Faculty Research Spotlight


ARHI Associate Director, Dr. Tania Basta, was invited to speak at the University of California Irvine in their Public Health Seminar Series in June, 2013 on rural Appalachian Health. Her presentation, “A Developing Nation within Our Nation: Implications for Disease Prevention in Rural Appalachia” can be watched at the following link: