In 2017, a team led by the Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) at Ohio University began the Ohio Rural Health Improvement Process. Funded through the Ohio Department of Health, State Office of Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association, and several smaller grants from local organizations, the objective of this project was to develop a plan for addressing rural health in Ohio. Out of this project, the Ohio Rural Health Association was formed.
Because the health needs of Ohioans are ever-evolving, rural health improvement will never be complete. With this in mind, the Ohio Rural Health Improvement Plan outlines the following: