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West Virginia: Associate Dean and Professor, to Serve on Editorial Board of New Journal of Appalachian Health

A new journal focused on the health challenges of Appalachia launched this month, and WVU public health expert Linda Alexander will serve on the publication’s editorial board.

The Journal of Appalachian Health (JAH) will feature peer-reviewed research articles from a wide range of sources. The online, open-access journal is dedicated to improving the health of Appalachia through the rapid dissemination of scholarly work.

Dr. Alexander, who is a professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and senior associate dean at West Virginia University School of Public Health, will join other Appalachia-based academics on the editorial board for JAH, which is published by University of Kentucky.

“This journal blends the vibrant and rich culture of Appalachia with opportunities to advance our scientific knowledge about the value of evidence-based, culturally relevant, and impactful scholarship with the community’s voice in mind,” Alexander said. “I was honored to be asked to participate in the development of the journal, which is also a reflection of my deep roots in Appalachia, especially Kentucky.”

The journal is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, WVU School of Public Health, Ohio University’s Appalachian Rural Health Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and other institutions.

The journal is now accepting submissions and seeking peer reviewers. Alexander invites anyone interested in this project to visit the JAH website and peruse the unique and deliberate choices for the journal’s editors, editorial board and advisory board. The JAH, she says, provides “a wonderful creative and scientific outlet for faculty, students and staff.”

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