This year, the American Journal of Nursing named eight of our books as winners of the 2014 AJN Book of the Year awards in their respective categories. Thanks to our nursing authors, Springer Publishing had more individual books honored this year than any other winning publisher, and tied for the most awards won by a single publisher. This weekly feature showcases our winning authors and their outstanding titles.

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 Rural Public Health

Best Practices and Preventative Models

Winner, Second Place, Community/Public Health

"[A] welcome addition to the rural health care practitioner's tool kit. It will energize those interested in vulnerable rural residents and their unique characteristics through a public health perspective... Highly recommended."--CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"This call to action for healthcare providers is a comprehensive review of issues in rural healthcare, including both obstacles and ways to begin to overcome them. It is easy to read... This enjoyable book encourages healthcare providers working or considering working in rural healthcare with clear direction."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"The Warren & Smalley book is an excellent look at the challenges while also presenting solutions and hope. It recognizes the medical challenges that are present and the cost of bring medical care to these communities... There is so much in this book that will be refreshing and encouraging. The book needs to be read. It is also a book that needs to be placed in the hands of the movers and shakers, as well other interested parties who are in a position to 'make this happen.'" -- Illness, Crisis & Loss

Rural residents face distinct health challenges due to economic conditions, cultural/behavioral factors, and health provider shortages that combine to impose striking disparities in health outcomes among rural populations. This text focuses on rural health from the perspectives of public health and prevention. Learn More

About The Authors


Jacob C. Warren

Jacob C. Warren, PhD. is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Georgia Southern University, Epidemiology Program Coordinator for the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, and Co-Director of the Rural Health Research Alliance, a cross-college research collaborative focusing on mental and physical health in rural areas. He has been PI and Co-Investigator of numerous federally funded research and service grants, and has presented his research at several national and international conferences. Dr. Warren has published in such journals as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, Pan American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, and AIDS Education and Prevention. He won the 2010 Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Both he and Dr. Smalley currently hold federal funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration for innovative approaches to health screening and education in rural areas. He previously co-edited Springer Publishing's Rural Mental Health, along with Dr. Smalley and Jackson Rainer, PhD.

K. Bryant Smalley

K. Bryant Smalley, PsyD, is the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD program at Georgia Southern University, and co-directs the Rural Health Research Alliance, a cross-college research collaborative focusing on mental and physical health in rural areas. He is a clinical psychologist with both training and practice experience in rural areas. His work has included practicing in university counseling centers, rural community mental health centers, and rural private practice. His research has appeared in numerous journals and texts, including Psychology of Men and Masculinity, The International Journal of Men’s Health, and Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. Along with Dr. Warren and Jackson Rainer, PhD, he previously co-edited Springer Publishing's Rural Mental Health.