IUP, Indiana Regional Medical Center Continue Collaboration On Rural Health Care

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) celebrated National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17 with the launch of a podcast, “Rural Health Pulse.”

The podcast, which will be available for free from the IRMC website, will have monthly episodes. It includes professionals from IRMC and from IUP and is recorded by students in the IUP Department of Communications Media. It is produced by Christina Koren, IUP Director of Strategic Partnerships. Dr. Jim Kinneer, Chief Human Resources Officer, will serve as the “host” for the shows.

The podcasts are part of a continued collaboration between IUP and IRMC on the topic of rural health care, focusing on issues and stories impacting the health of the region and programs and initiatives designed to improve healthcare and wellness.

“The podcast episodes cover an array of initiatives focused on advancing rural health care,” Dr. Kinneer said. “The interviews are designed to help to shine a light on these important efforts and vital contributors. It has been inspiring to hear firsthand about these endeavors while furthering our ongoing partnership with IUP,” he said.

“Our goals in establishing this podcast remain focused on the mission of the IUP an/IRMC collaborative: building upon collaborative opportunities in education, research, and clinical care,” Vice President for University Advancement Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna said. “We view this exciting new initiative as an opportunity to explore and engage in conversations that will spark interest and action from our listeners interested in rural health care developments and partnerships.”

In April 2022, IUP hosted the first IUP-IRMC Day as part of the university’s Research Appreciation Week.

The event at IUP provided an opportunity for professionals from IUP and IRMC and the surrounding community to network, learn from each other, and identify more opportunities to work together. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Randall Longenecker, a renowned rural health expert; discussion of IRMC partnerships, including nursing, lab research, food and nutrition, and COVID-19 wastewater research; and student networking sessions.