The Journal of Rural Health Editorial Board

The Journal of Rural Health (JRH) serves to advance professional practice, research, theory development and public policy by serving as a medium for communication among health scientists and professionals.


Apply for JRH editorial board positions

NRHA is not currently seeking canditates for the editorial board for the association's Journal of Rural Health. The deadline was Dec. 1 for open position terms beginning January 1, 2023.

The board meets once annually in conjunction with the NRHA Annual Conference each May and via teleconference each quarter. All board members must remain a good-standing member of the National Rural Health Association for the duration of their term.


Journal of Rural Health Editorial Board

All board members serve three-year terms. Their duties include setting editorial content, soliciting manuscripts, reviewing manuscripts and recruiting reviewers.

Participation in editorial board events is required, as is active participation on a committee during the three-year election term.

The board meets once annually in conjunction with NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference and via teleconference each quarter. Members pay their own travel and lodging expenses for the annual meeting. Potential candidates must have significant rural health experience and an established record of publications. Editorial board members must also be members of NRHA for the duration of their term.

Whitney Zahnd, PhD (chair)
University of Iowa
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Health Management and Policy
Assistant professor
Demetrius Abshire, PhD
University of South Carolina
​College of Nursing
Assistant professor

Holly Andrilla, MS
University of Washington
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Senior research scientist


Cory E. Cronin, PhD
Ohio University
Appalachian Institute to Advance Health Equity Science
Associate professor and director



Elizabeth Crouch, PhD
University of South Carolina
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Associate professor


Jan M. Eberth, PhD
Drexel University
Health management and Policy
Professor and chair


Janessa M. Graves, PhD
Washington State University
College of Nursing
Associate professor


Abbey Gregg, PhD
University of Alabama
Department of Community Medicine & Population Health
Director of population health sciences and assistant professor


Yi Guo, PhD
University of Florida College of Medicine
Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Associate professor
Nathan Hale, PhD
East Tennessee State University
College of Public Health
Department of Health Services Management & Policy 
Associate professor

Yvonne Jonk, PhD
University of Southern Maine
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Deputy director and associate research professor


Manorama Khare, PhD
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Division of health research and evaluation
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Research associate professor, director


Cristina Miller, PhD
United States Department of Agriculture
Rural Development Innovation Center, Data Analytics Division




Joni D. Nelson, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Division of Population Oral Health
Assistant professor and deputy director

David Schmitz, MD
University of North Dakota
Dept. of Family Health

Dept. of Family & Community Medicine

Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Center for Rural Health
Research assistant professor
Miku Sodhi, MBBS
Shasta Cascade Health Centers
Deputy CEO


Ex Officio Member (Voting)


JRH Editor
Tyrone Borders, PhD

University of Kentucky
College of Nursing



NRHA Contact
Gabriela Boscan, MPH
National Rural Health Association
Senior director of Program Services



Authority and responsibilities:
  1. With the editor, determining all matters pertaining to content and organization and, upon recommendation of the managing publisher or managing editor, determining matters pertaining to layout and design.
  2. Assisting the editor in soliciting and reviewing manuscripts for the journal.
  3. Supporting the editor in the implementation of journal activities. Specifics of such support may be related to decisions on manuscripts, recruiting potential reviewers, soliciting material for publication and writing editorials.
  4. Serving the journal as sounding board and promoter.
  5. Periodically reviewing the frequency of publication to determine its appropriateness.
  6. Establishing a nominating committee and recommending an editor.
  7. Monitoring journal quality and reviewing the performance of the editor on a continuing basis.
  8. Evaluating the performance of the editor on an annual basis
Contact Gabriela Boscan at 202-639-0550 for more information.