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About Dr. Adam Hege

Truck drivers have long been known by public health experts to be at risk, as they are considered participants in one of the most unhealthy occupations in America. The long hours, isolation and lack of access to both healthy food and opportunities to exercise are a recipe for physical and mental illness.

Are there ways to help? Dr. Adam Hege, assistant professor of public health and community health expert, thinks so. He has conducted research studies, written numerous papers about the topic, and hopes to shed light on what can be done to improve the quality of life for these hard-working individuals.

Hege specializes in community health and public health policy. He is currently conducting research on community health challenges in rural North Carolina as well as continuing his research on the health and safety of long-haul truck drivers.

Areas of Expertise:
Occupational/worksite health and safety
Health disparities among rural communities
Community-based participatory research
Food insecurity in rural North Carolina


Present Faculty Member, Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences
Present Assistant Professor of Public Health, Appalachian State University Department of Health and Exercise Science

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, American Public Health Association
Member, North Carolina Public Health Association
Member, North Carolina Society for Public Health Education
Member, Society for Public Health Education
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Honors and Awards

  • College Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, Appalachian State University, Spring 2017
  • Making a Difference Award for Beaver College of Health Sciences, Appalachian State University, Fall 2018
  • Nominated by Appalachian State University for the North Carolina Board of Governors James E. Holshousher, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service, Spring 2019


  • Introduction to Public Health (PH 2000)
  • Health Policy, Ethics & Law (PH 4600)
  • Community Health (PH 3250)


2015 PhD, University of North Carolina Greensboro ‐ Public Health
2011 MPA, App State University ‐ Public Administration
2007 MS, High Point University
2003 BA, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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