Editor-in-Chief: Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM, East Tennessee State University
Senior Associate Editor: Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS, University of Kentucky
Managing Editor: Rachel E. Dixon, MPhil
Media & Marketing Coordinator: Bradley Firchow, MD Candidate, University of Kentucky

Welcome to the Journal

The Journal of Appalachian Health (“JAH”) is a fully peer-reviewed, open-access journal centered on the health and well-being of people living in the 13-state, 423-county region of Appalachia—and in other resource-limited settings. The Journal is available without charge to authors and readers, who are welcome to use the information within it to improve well-being across the region and in comparable regions across the globe. We work from within the region to publish information by and for the people of Appalachia.

Founded in 2019, JAH was the culmination of efforts by Doug Scutchfield, Charlotte Seidman, Erin Haynes, Robert Shapiro, and others to create the first peer-reviewed outlet focused specifically on public health issues affecting the people of Appalachia.

Today, the Journal welcomes timely research, media reviews, commentary, and other pieces covering health-impacting topics and practical work to promote well-being in the Appalachian Region (and in comparable regions). JAH encourages submissions from academics, students, and practitioners alike to build a robust and interdisciplinary hub of the latest peer-reviewed research and evidence-based good practice. To begin a submission, please visit our submissions page.

A Gold Open Access (Gold OA) journal, JAH is 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 5, Issue 1 (2023)



We Welcome Findings from Further Afield
Randy Wykoff MD, MPH & TM and Rachel E. Dixon MPhil



Rural Appalachian Women Will Suffer Disproportionately if Attempts to Further Restrict Emergency Contraception are Successful
Amie M. Ashcraft, Sarah Dotson, Sara Farjo, Courtney S. Pilkerton, and Pamela J. Murray

Research Articles


Factors Associated with Physical Activity Increases and Decreases Among a Sample of Appalachian Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study
Christiaan G. Abildso, Angela M. Dyer, Shay M. Daily, Christa Lilly, Emily A. Sarkees, Samantha I. Moyers, and Thomas K. Bias


Prevalence and Factors of Self-medication with Antibiotics in Claiborne County, Tennessee
Kimberly A. Carney, Lauren Wisnieski, Tristan Lackey, and Donald Noah


A Better Life: Factors that Help and Hinder Entry and Retention in MAT from the Perspective of People in Recovery
Adam D. Baus, Martha Carter, Jennifer Boyd, Erin McMullen, Trey Bennett, Alexandra Persily, Danielle M. Davidov, and Christa Lilly

Media Reviews and Reports



Reviewer Acknowledgments
Randy Wykoff MD, MPH & TM and Rachel E. Dixon MPhil