- BA, Athletic Training, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, 2003
- MS, Sport Studies, High Point University, 2006
- MPA, Public Management, Appalachian State University, 2011
- Capstone Project: Physical Activity Promotion in Urban Areas – Content Analysis of the Nine Largest Metropolitan Parks and Recreation Departments in North Carolina
- PhD, Community Health Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2015
- Dissertation: The Relationship between Long-Haul Truck Drivers' Work Organization and Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference, and Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk
- Professional Development in Public Health (PH 2400)
- Health Policy, Ethics & Law (PH 4600)
- American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
- North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NC SOPHE)
- North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA)
- Social determinants of health
- Occupational/Worksite health and safety
- Health disparities among rural communities
- Community-based participatory research
Selected Publications Since 2015
(*student, **community partner)
Ashcraft, K.R., Hege, A., Fiske, B., Harmon, K., Glover, J., Forliti, K.* (In press). Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma and Resilience through Interprofessional Course Development. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Sugg, M., Spaulding, T., Lane, S., Runkle, J., Harden, S., Hege, A., Iyer, L. (2021). Mapping Community-Level Determinants of COVID-19 Transmission in Nursing Homes: A multi-scale approach. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141946.
Hege, A., Bouldin, E.D., Roy, M., Bennett, M.*, Attaway, P.*, Reed-Ashcraft, K. (2020). Adverse Childhood Experiences among adults in North Carolina, USA: Influences on risk factors for poor health across the lifespan and intergenerational implications. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(22): 8548. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228548.
Bouldin, E.D., Vandenberg, A.*, Roy, M., Hege, A., Zwetsloot, J.J., Howard, J.S. (2020). Prevalence and Domains of Disability within and outside Appalachian North Carolina: 2013-2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Disability and Health Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.100879
Roy, M., Bouldin. E.D., Bennett, M.*, Hege, A. (2019). Adult food security and the relationship with Adverse Childhood Experiences among residents of Appalachian North Carolina. Journal of Appalachian Health, 1(3): 17-26. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0103.03
Hege, A., Lemke, M.K., Apostolopoulos, Y., & Sönmez, S. (2019). The Impact of Work Organization, Job Stress, and Sleep on the Health Behaviors and Outcomes of U.S. Long-Haul Truck Drivers. Health Education & Behavior, 46(4):626-636. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1090198119826232
Hege, A., Lemke, M.K., Apostolopoulos, Y., Whitaker, B., & Sönmez, S. (2019). Work-life conflict among U.S. long-haul truck drivers: Influences of work organization, perceived job stress, sleep, and organizational support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6):984. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060984
Hege, A., Lemke, M.K., Apostolopoulos, Y., & Sönmez, S. (2018). Occupational health disparities among U.S. long-haul truck drivers: the influence of work organization and sleep on cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk. PLOS ONE, 13(11): e0207322. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207322
Hege, A., Ball, L., Christiana, R.W., Wallace, C.*, Hubbard, C.*, Truesdale, D.*, Hege, J.**, Fleming, H.** (2018). Social determinants of health and the effects on quality of life and wellbeing in two rural Appalachia communities: The community members’ perspective and implications for health disparities. Family & Community Health, 41(4): 244-254. DOI: https://doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000201
Hege, A., Christiana, R.W., Battista, R., Parkhurst, H*. (2017). Active Living in Rural Appalachia: Using the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools to Explore Environmental Barriers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 8: 261-266. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.11.007
Lemke, M.K., Hege, A., Apostolopoulos, Y., Wideman, L., Sönmez, S. (2017). Work and Sleep among Transport Operators: Disparities and Implications for Safety. Journal of Transport and Health, 7: 298-309. (Corresponding author). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2017.08.006
Hege, A., Lemke, M., Apostolopoulos, Y., Perko, M., Sönmez, S., Strack, R. (2017). U.S. Long-Haul Truck Driver Work Organization and the Association with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk. Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 72(5): 303-310. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19338244.2016.1242468
Apostolopoulos, Y., Lemke, M.K., Hege, A., Sang, H., Sönmez, S., Wideman, L., Oberlin, D.J. (2016). Work and Chronic Disease: Comparison of Cardiometabolic Risk Markers Between Truck Drivers and the General U.S. Population. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(11), 1098-1105. DOI: https://doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000867
Lemke, M.K., Apostolopoulos, Y, Hege, A., Sönmez, S., Wideman, L. (2016). Understanding the Role of Sleep Quality and Sleep Duration in Commercial Driving Safety. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 97, 79-86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2016.08.024
Hege, A., Perko, M., Apostolopoulos, Y., Sönmez, S., Strack, R. (2016). The Work Organization of Long-Haul Truck Drivers and the Association with Body Mass Index (BMI). Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(7), 712-717. DOI: doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000734
Lemke, M., Hege, A., Perko, M., Sönmez, S., Apostolopoulos, Y. (2015). Work patterns, sleeping hours and excess weight in commercial drivers. Occupational Medicine, 65(9), 725-731. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqv080
Hege, A., Perko, M., Johnson, A., Yu, C.H., Sönmez, S., Apostolopoulos, Y. (2015). Surveying the impact of work hours and schedules on commercial motor vehicle driver sleep. Safety and Health at Work, 6(2), 104-113. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shaw.2015.02.001
Hege, A., Presnell, D.**, Reed-Ashcraft, K., Caldwell, K., Pyles, D., Bouldin, E.D., Warren, J.** (2020). Advocacy and action in Appalachia Aimed at Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative. In Handbook of Research on Leadership and Advocacy for Children and Families in Rural Poverty. IGI Global: Hershey PA. Link to chapter.
Hege, A., Farris, A., Dailey, A., Julian, M.** (2020). Promoting Nutritional Health, Healthy Food Systems, & Well Being of Community. In Public Health Nutrition: Rural Urban, and Global Community-Based Practice.
Barth, M., Bell, R., Grimmer, K., Thompson, K., Hege, A. Eds. (2020). Public Health Nutrition: Rural, Urban, and Global Community-Based Practice. Springer Publishing: New York, NY.
Understanding and addressing health disparities, social determinants of health (food security, adverse childhood experiences, etc.) and quality of life in the rural Appalachia region of North Carolina
Exploring the role of work in relation to health disparities and safety outcomes of U.S. long-haul truck drivers
Factors contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes
Food insecurity among N.C. university and college students
Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Public Health Education, Public Health Program Director, Graduate Faculty
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