What is the mission of the RHIC?

The mission of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) is to improve and expand interprofessional education, training, and deployment of future health care providers, especially for those committed to serving rural populations.

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

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

Why was the RHIC created?

The RHIC partners formally joined together to respond to the current and worsening health care worker shortages. In addition to addressing workforce needs, the development of the collaborative will result in neighborhood revitalization and economic development, including physical infrastructure build-out, business expansion and attraction, and the increase of rural health care services, training, and research.

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