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Dr. Sandra Cotton, DNP, APRN-BC, FNAP, Clinical Associate Professor, West Virginia University School of Nursing Morgantown Campus, LGBTQ+ Community member, and Founding Chair of the West Virginia University School of Nursing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Cotton has over 40 years as an RN, 25 years as an APRN, and previously worked for the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Johns Hopkins University at the height of the AIDs crisis in the 1980s. She has been a nurse educator for nearly 30 years in an Appalachian land grant university.
Dr. Laurie Theeke, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, GCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN currently serves as the Associate Dean for the PhD in Nursing program at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Dr. Theeke is a Native Appalachian, LGBTQ+ mother, sister, and ally, and founding member of the West Virginia University School of Nursing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Theeke has over 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner caring for people from West Virginia. She has served as a nurse educator since 2008, teaching graduate nurses in clinical graduate programs and PhD courses. Dr. Theeke is internationally known for her expertise on loneliness, social isolation, and its impact on psychological and physical health outcomes.
James Messer, MSN, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Clinical Education WVU, SON, Beckley Campus, Native Appalachian, LGBTQ+ Ally, and founding member WVU SON DEI Committee. James is a faith community nurse and mental health nurse. He has a deep desire for everyone to be equal without pointing out differences.
The Journal of Appalachian Health is committed to reviewing published media that relates to contemporary concepts affecting the health of residents of Appalachia. Improving the health in the region of Appalachia means knowing our people as they live and thrive in communities. The book reviewed here, Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining the Unspeakable Other (Edited by Glasby, Gradin, and Ryerson), is a must read for people who wish to gain insight on the real experience of being queer in Appalachia.
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Cotton SL, Theeke LA, Messer J. Review of ‘Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining the Unspeakable Other.’ J Appalach Health 2022;4(3):103–110. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0403.07.