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Adam Hege

Appalachian State University
Associate Professor of Public Health
Health and Exercise Science
Adam Hege completed his PhD in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2015, with a concentration in Community Health. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Appalachian State University. A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 2015, Adam is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Public Health program within the Department of Health and Exercise Science. He currently teaches Introduction to Public Health, Health Policy, Ethics and Law and Professional Development in Public Health. His research interests are broadly on health disparities and the underlying social and environmental determinants of health. Specifically, this has included examining disparities among rural populations in the surrounding Appalachia communities of western NC, with a focus on food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences, access to care, and other factors related to quality of life. In addition, his work examines systems-level and policy-oriented occupational health disparities experienced among U.S. long-haul truck drivers, a highly vulnerable working population. Adam has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals to include Public Health Reports, Health Education & Behavior, American Journal of Health Behavior, Accident Analysis & Prevention, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, PLOS One, Science of the Total Environment, Public Health Nutrition, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, among others. He has co-authored two textbook chapters and co-edited the text Public Health Nutrition: Rural, Urban, and Global Community-Based Practice. Adam also serves as the Associate Editor of Family & Community Health, on the Editorial Board of Behavioral Medicine, and on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. His work is presented annually at national and state-level professional conferences, including the American Public Health Association and North Carolina Public Health Association annual meetings.