What is the mission of the RHIC?

The mission of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) is to advance the health and wellness of the public through the innovative, interprofessional education and training of current and future healthcare professionals.

What is the Vision of the RHIC

To be a premier center for innovation, collaboration, and interprofessional health education and training.

What are the Core Values of the RHIC?

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative values our partnerships with educational & healthcare institutions, & their willingness to share resources among the member institutions. Through those partnerships, the RHIC supports excellence in interprofessional education to produce highly skilled healthcare professionals who serve the public & especially the vulnerable & underserved. We support & value the wellbeing of our rural communities & the unique needs these communities face. The collaborative model the RHIC has developed provides shared, stable, & sustainable financial resources that support the RHIC mission & the missions of the RHIC partners.


The RHIC uses evidence from the scholarship of teaching & learning to create experiential learning opportunities that help healthcare professionals remain current in their field & prepare novice professionals for safe & effective practice. The use of simulation-based methodologies provides an important bridge toward the attainment of critical thinking & psychomotor skills. In addition, simulation provides participants an opportunity to synthesize & apply their knowledge & skills in a safe & nonthreatening environment. We support research & the examination of evidence-based practice to establish innovative benchmarks in healthcare. We value & reinforce quality improvement strategies that make healthcare safer for those we serve in the broader community. We value the role of community outreach as a mechanism for supporting health education for the public.

Who are the Partners within the RHIC?

The RHIC is a unique combination of public and private entities. The collaborative boasts partners from government, higher education, healthcare, economic development, and public health. It is this diversity that allows the RHIC to pursue innovative answers to wide-ranging issues in healthcare access and delivery.

  • Indiana State University
  • Union Health System
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Saint Mary of the Woods College
  • Indiana Area Health Education Centers
  • Valley Professionals Community Health Center

In addition, the RHIC has an agreement with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Hospital Association to provide simulation-based education to Critical Access Hospitals across the state of Indiana.

When was the RHIC created?

The initial structure of the Collaborative was guided by a Leadership Committee that included the executives of the Founding Partners and convened when needed, to make high-level decisions.

In 2008 an Operations Committee was initially established to handle day-to-day set up of the RHIC. This Operations Committee was composed of representatives from each of the institutions and was responsible for the initial implementation of the RHIC’s initiative elements.

Founding Partners made significant progress toward establishing a more formal structure to ensure a strong foundation for the Collaborative.

The Collaborative formally adopted Bylaws and other guiding partnership documents in 2009. On December 10, 2009, the RHIC became officially incorporated through the state of Indiana.

The Leadership and Operations Committees were transformed into a formal Board of Directors, including standing committees as follows: Executive, Finance, and Governance.

Through this more formal structure, the partners are excited about the RHIC’s ability for continued successful growth that will ensure our collaborative success toward improving and expanding education and training of health care professionals and future health care professionals, especially for those committed to serving rural and under-served populations. This continued success will also ensure a brighter future, including long-term economic vitality, in our community and surrounding communities.

In 2011 the Collaborative added the RHIC Simulation Center, a way of establishing a facility to provide an incubator for interprofessional education and innovative solutions to hands-on, immersive educational opporutinities for the Partners as well as the community

How is the RHIC funded?

The RHIC Partners have each contributed to initial organization and continuing operational and capital costs for the RHIC. In addition, the RHIC is pursuing strategic investments and grant funding at the federal, state, and local levels, and through the private sector as appropriate.

How can I get additional information about the RHIC?

For more information about the RHIC and the RHIC Simulation Center, you can go to the our CONTACT US page, or

contact Jack Jaeger:

Email:  jack.jaeger@therhic.org

Phone: 812-237-8489