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About the North American section

North American Regional Editors

Judith Kulig is a Professor in the Nursing Program within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She has devoted her research program to understanding rural health issues specifically addressing unique groups who live in rural areas, nursing practice in rural and remote Canada and community resiliency in rural communities. Judith is Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society for which she was one of the founding members.

Bronwyn Fields is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University Sacramento in Sacramento, California, USA. Dr. Fields’ research interests include the health workforce, nurse recruitment and retention in rural areas, health disparities and international health and development. As a nurse and midwife, she has worked extensively in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, including consulting for the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, AusAID and other international organizations on health workforce development. More recently, Bronwyn has lived and worked in rural Northern California. She joined the Rural and Remote Health North America section as a Regional Editor in 2016.

Rebecca Schiff is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Schiff also serves as adjunct faculty for the Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, Canada. Rebecca has a long history of working closely with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across Canada to investigate and research health issues and solutions, with a particular focus on determinants of community health and wellness.Dr. Schiff lived for several years in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL, a northern and remote Canadian community where she worked closely with Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities.Dr. Schiff’s current work includes projects focusing on a wide range of community health determinants and issues in rural and remote healthcare.

Paul Worley, Executive Director Medical Services for Country Health South Australia Local Health Network and former Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University, is the Editor-in-Chief of Rural and Remote Health. Paul is a practicing rural doctor and, as Editor, shapes and guides the journal, oversees the review process and supports and advises authors, taking an active interest in the progress of each article in production.

Senior Editor
Melbourne-based Melissa Storey offers expert editorial assistance to authors at each stage in the publication process. Melissa assists authors with submissions, corrections and publication, and coordinates the editing of accepted papers to academic publishing standards. Melissa is responsible for editorial development and generates information for authors.

Journal Manager
Jenny Bigelow has been with the journal for 3 years. She works from Geelong, Victoria, and deals with the day-to-day running of the journal. She manages the smooth flow of articles through the publication process and coordinates development of the journal site. She is also involved in formatting articles, tables and graphics for Web publication and is available to advise authors and answer user queries. She is the friendly response from the ejrh email address.

North American Editorial Panel

The members of the editorial board are as follows:
Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editors
Bronwyn Fields (USA)
Judith Kulig (Canada)
Rebecca Schiff (Canada)
Rural Health Status
Julie Kosteniuk (Canada)
Rural Health Policy
Michael Halasy (USA)
Susan Wilger (USA)
Rural Health Education and Practice
Taihung Duong (USA)
Jay Erickson (USA)
Kathleen Mathieson (USA)
Charlene Winters (USA)
Kelley Withy (USA)
Michael Woods (USA)
First Nations
Laura Arbour (Canada)
Michael Hart (Canada)