Who We Are
We are a diverse team dedicated to working with communities to create a better state of health for all. We seek to identify and understand health needs through research and programs and work to create an environment where every person has access to their best health.
View our Annual Report here.
What We Do
Community-Engaged Research: We work with individuals, organizations, schools and communities to collaboratively identify, understand, and address health inequities.
Community Health Innovation & Action: We turn research into action by creating innovative and community-based programs to achieve equitable health for all people.
Community Health Equity: We use what we learn to effect policy change, environmental changes and better health and wellness opportunities, creating a better state of health for all.
Together, for a Better State of Health
A highly successful and productive research office, Community Health & Research leads a variety of community-engaged research and programs focused on Health Equity & Access; Family Wellness; Health, Hunger & Nutrition; and Diabetes & Cardiometabolic Diseases.
Health Equity & Access
We are working with CHWs and communities to ensure every Arkansan can access and understand healthcare.Health Equity & Access
We are improving health for women, children and families by increasing access to quality maternal care and support systems.Family Wellness
Health, Hunger & Nutrition
We work with schools and communities to ensure every Arkansan has equitable access to healthy, affordable food.Health, Hunger & Nutrition
Diabetes & Cardiometabolic Diseases
We partner with communities to learn about health disparities that exist, and to implement programs that reduce barriers to health.Diabetes & Cardiometabolic Diseases
Research That Makes a Difference
We are leading the way to improve health outcomes for all people, engaging in innovative collaborations with regional, statewide and national organizations dedicated to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes for all.
Our Approach to Research
Our faculty and staff are creating a better state of health through research and innovation. Learn more here.Learn More
A Message From Dr. Pearl McElfish
Hear from our division director, Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., about the mission of UAMS Community Health and Research.A Message from Dr. McElfish
Our researchers have produced groundbreaking research that has led to policy change and better health outcomes for communities across the world. Learn more here.Publications
Center for Pacific Islander Health
The Center for Pacific Islander Health is a multi-disciplinary center focusing on research, community programs, training, and policy.Center for Pacific Islander Health
Translational Research Institute
The UAMS Translational Research Institute provides services and resources to ensure the swift translation of research into health care advances.UAMS Translational Research Institute