Ohio Rural Health Association is a growing organization of passionate volunteers and diverse board members from many areas of care, including hospitals and clinics, individual care providers, CEOs and administrators, researchers and teachers, health departments, area social agencies, and legislators.
With a sole focus on rural health, we are driven by our commitment to passion and excellence, not agendas or special interest groups. Our members represent communities from throughout the state, where issues pertaining to rural health impact our daily lives.
The mission of the association is to enhance the health and well-being of the state’s rural citizens and communities. Through the combined efforts of individuals, organizations, professionals, and community leaders, the association is a collective voice for rural health issues and a conduit for information and resources.
Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH, Director of Education and Research at the Office of Rural and Underserved Programs at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University
Cory Cronin, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University
Laura Akgerman, MA, CRC, OSU Extension, Ohio AgrAbility, and PROSPER
Jaime Parsons, Executive Director of the Viola Startzman Clinic in Wooster, Ohio
President, Community Health and Wellness Partners
Chief Nursing Officer, Hocking Valley Community Hospital
Professor in the Community Development Unit of the Ohio State University Department of Extension
Communications Assistant, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Senior Advisor, Individual Medicare and Special Needs
Professor, Ohio University; Director, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, College of Health Sciences and Professions (ExOfficio)