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Institute of Rural Health


Mission Statement  

The mission of the Institute of Rural Health is to improve the health of communities through research, education, and service.



Our programs increase access to healthcare; enhance quality of care and health outcomes; improve the professional quality of life for providers; and seek to close the gap in health disparities— particularly among rural populations— by enhancing access to technology, endorsing a diversity of ideas, and encouraging cultural competency.


Guiding Values         

  • Encourage improved health among rural residents through politically neutral approaches without bias or prejudice.
  • Empower racial, sexual, ethnic, and linguistic minorities and people with disabilities in a culturally sensitive manner to promote good health.
  • Diminish healthcare inequalities among rural populations by addressing health disparities and provider shortages that negatively impact overall health.
  • Improve the quality of life and health of rural populations through research in a variety of fields.
  • Encourage attitudinal and behavioral change through educational programs that include implementing the latest scientific theories and evidence.
  • Acknowledge that providing services and education and conducting research complement each other in enhancing healthcare delivery.


Contact Us

Institute of Rural Health Pocatello Office


Institute of Rural Health
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave. Mail Stop 8174
Pocatello, ID 83209-8174


Institute of Rural Health Meridian Office


Institute of Rural Health
Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center
1311 E. Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642