Editor-in-Chief: F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, University of Kentucky
Senior Associate Editor: Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS, University of Kentucky
Associate Editor: Erin Bouldin, MPH, PhD, Appalachian State University
Associate Editor: Tim Marema, MA, The Daily Yonder
Director of Knowledge Management: Robert M. Shapiro, MALS, University of Kentucky
Managing Editor: Charlotte S. Seidman, FNP, MHS, MPH, ELS

Announcement: Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health

Journal of Appalachian Health Editor-in-Chief, F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, was honored with the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health at APHA’s Annual Meeting this month. This year’s medal was awarded to him based on his outstanding contributions to public health services research, accreditation of local public health departments, and his many years of mentorship of professional students and practitioners.

The Sedgwick Memorial Medal, APHA’s oldest and most prestigious award, was established in honor of the late Professor William Thompson Sedgwick and was first awarded by APHA for distinguished service and advancement of public health knowledge and practice in 1929. Professor Sedgwick was president of APHA in 1915 and Head of the Department of Biological and Public Health at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1883 to 1921. The Sedgwick award, one of the highest honors bestowed by APHA, is a true accolade of the profession, the recognition by an individual’s colleagues of outstanding accomplishments in the field of public health.

Previous awardees include Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Jose F. Cordero, Lawrence W. Green, Richard J. Jackson, David Satcher, Robert S. Lawrence, C. William Keck, William H. McBeath, William H. Foege, Julius B. Richmond, Lester Breslow, and Karl F. Meyer.


The overall objective of the Journal of Appalachian Health (JAH) is to improve the health status of the population of Appalachia through the rapid dissemination of knowledge of their health problems and evidence-based solutions to them. JAH will provide actionable knowledge through an online, open access, easily accessible peer-reviewed process focused specifically on Appalachia. JAH is available without charge to authors or readers, including those in the region who can and will use it in their work, whether in a healthcare or a non-healthcare field that has the potential for modification of factors that contribute to poor health.

The Journal of Appalachian Health is a Gold Open Access (Gold OA) journal, published under the Creative Commons (CC) Attribution license CC BY 4.0 International, which means that all users are free to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format; and can remix, transform, and build on the material for any purpose. This CC license requires that you provide attribution by giving appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if any changes have been made.

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Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 3 (2019)


Research Articles


A Comparison of Appalachian and Non-Appalachian Kentucky DUI Offenders
Megan F. Dickson, Megan Kissel, and J. Matthew Webster

Notes from the Field

Letter to the Editor