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.

Faculty Research Spotlight

ARHI Faculty Fellow, Dr. Michele Morrone, was invited to speak at the Carpathians/Appalachians International Conference 2013 in the Ukraine along with three other OU faculty at the end of September.  Dr. Morrone was one of 17 US delegates from several universities and colleges in the Appalachian region.

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Faculty Research Spotlight

Congratulations to ARHI Associate Director, Dr. Tania Basta, on winning the Excellence in Abstract Submission among all Presenters from the American Public Health Association’s HIV/AIDS Section, for her paper, “Factors influencing HIV testing among individuals living in rural Appalachia," which was selected from 300 highly competitive submissions. She will be honored at the APHA Annual Meeting in November, 2013. See the following link for more information about her presentation: 


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.