Rural Health Outreach Collaborative (RHOC)

IHHS faculty member and patientThe RHOC is a rural health training partnership between Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences and Wake Forest Baptist Health/Wake Forest School of Medicine to train students in the delivery or rural health services through mobile clinical work and regional community partnerships.

Senior Health Program

Initiated by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the RHOC is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging to expand the IHHS Senior Health Program. Using a hybrid in-person and telehealth approach, the RHOC takes faculty and students from nursing, social work, speech pathology, exercise science, and our Wake Forest partnering physician assistant program into regional senior centers and other locations to provide health screens, assessments, and educational health-related programs. We partner with local providers to create a sustainable collaborative culture of health.

Assessments include general health status, nutrition, cognition/memory, balance/fall risk, and aspects of social support and behavioral health. Current locations include Watauga County Senior Center and Appalachian Brian Estates with new services coming soon to Ashe Senior Center and Yancey Senior Center.