Office OF Rural and Underserved Programs (ORUP)

Who We Are

The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs and its initiatives were supported initially with funding through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations (OHF) Vision 2020 Grant (awarded 2011).  

Preparing learners for patient-centered primary care in underserved places

We prepare learners in medical school and residency for patient-centered primary care in rural and underserved communities, and for the generalist specialties of primary importance to these communities, through community engagement, ongoing curriculum design, program implementation and assessment, faculty development, student support, and medical education research.

The application  for proposals for Medical Education Research is now open.  

  Apply here


The HUB of a Growing Network

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Interprofessional Conference

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Caring for the Underserved in an Interprofessional and Interpersonal Way

The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs is hosting an all-campus interprofessional event on January 29, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  The event will be facilitated by the National Center for Interprofessional Education (NCIPE).

We are excited to welcome and collaborate with the following programs along with the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine OMSII:

  • Case Western Reserve University - Physician Assistant Program
  • Cleveland State University - School of Nursing
  • University of Findlay - College of Pharmacy
  • The Ohio State University - College of Pharmacy
  • Ohio University - School of Nursing
  • Ohio University -  Physician Assistant Practice
  •  Ursuline College – Breen School of Nursing

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Cleveland
4180 Warrensville Center Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122

*Located on the campus of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital in Building A (Entrance 2 on Warrensville Center Road).  Ample free parking in front lot and behind the building.  Enter building through main entrance.  Signs will be posted in lobby with instructions on where to go.  Click here  for a detailed map with directions.  If you have other campus questions, please contact  Sandy Wooten.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dublin
Dublin Integrated Education Center (DIEC)
6805 Bobcat Way
Dublin, OH  43016

* Click here  for a detailed map with directions.  If you have other campus questions, please contact  Pam Dixson.

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens
Irvine Hall -The bricks
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH  45701
*Click here for a  map.  If you are visitor to this campus and parking is an issue, please contact  Dawn Mollica.

StageCoach Family Medicine

Finding Fulfillment in Serving Rural Patients

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has featured Heritage College clinical faculty member Scott Anzalone, MD, in an article about his experiences as a family physician in rural Ohio. 

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Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP)

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Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program

This co-curricular program provides students and residents with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to meet patients’ health care needs in rural and urban underserved communities.


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Patient-Centered Primary Care Curriculum

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Enhancing patient-centered primary care curriculum

When doctors are reimbursed for good outcomes rather than the volume of patients they serve, the move to a more efficient and effective patient-centered model becomes an economic necessity as well as good care.

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Community Engagement

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Engagement with Underserved Communities

We engage with rural and urban underserved communities to address health disparities and improve health outcomes.


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Other Initiatives and Collaborations

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Initiatives and Collaborations

Our office is involved in several local, national and international collaborative projects and special initiatives related to health in rural and urban underserved communities, like Rural PREP (Watch video above)  

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Who We Are


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Randall Longenecker, MD, FAAFP

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Scott Anzalone, MD

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Tim Law mentor of year

Timothy Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A.

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Katy Kropf, D.O. (’02)

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