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.


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.

Carrie Henning-Smith, Ph.D. (Chair)
Deputy Director
Rural Health Research Center
University of Minnesota
[email protected]

Nathan Hale, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Management & Policy 
East Tennessee State University, College of Public Health  
Lamb Hall 42C, Box 70264 
Johnson City, TN 37614 
Phone: 423-439-4429 
[email protected]
Demetrius Abshire, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina College of Nursing
[email protected]

Yvonne Jonk, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
University of Southern Maine
Deputy Director
Maine Rural Health Research Center
[email protected]
Britta Anderson
Senior Research Assistant
NORC at the University of Chicago
[email protected]

Manorama Khare, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor/Director Division of Health Policy and Social Science Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Illinois Rockford College of Medicine
[email protected]
Holly Andrilla, M.S.
Senior Research Scientist
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
University of Washington
[email protected]

Wei-Chen (Miso) Lee, Ph.D.
Health Disparities Analyst  
Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs
Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research Track)
Department of Pediatrics
Associate Faculty of PHSP
The University of Texas Medical Branch
[email protected]
Angeline Bushy, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor & Bert Fish Chair
College of Nursing
University of Central Florida
[email protected]
David Schmitz, M.D.
Family & Community Medicine
University of North Dakota SMHS
[email protected]

Mary Charlton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Public Health
University of Iowa
[email protected]


Shawnda Schroeder, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
[email protected]
Elizabeth Crouch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
University of South Carolina
[email protected]
Miku Sodhi, M.B.B.S., M.H.A.
Deputy CEO 
Shasta Cascade Health Centers
[email protected]

Jan M. Eberth, PhD, FACE
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center
University of South Carolina 
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Whitney Zahnd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy
University of Iowa
[email protected]
Alva Ferdinard, Dr.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M Public Health
[email protected]

NRHA Contact
Gabriela Boscan, M.P.H.
Director of Program Services
National Rural Health Association
[email protected]


Ex Officio Member (Voting)

JRH Editor
Tyrone Borders, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
University of Kentucky College of Public Health
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Managing Editor
Julia Cecil, M.A., M.B.A.

Assistant Director
Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
University of Kentucky
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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.