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: 


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: