Research That Makes A Difference
Community Health & Research oversees more than 75 projects to improve health in Northwest Arkansas and across the globe. Click here to learn about CHR’s impact.CHR Success Stories
Multidisciplinary Faculty & Research Staff
At UAMS, you will work alongside experienced researchers and staff in an exceptional scientific environment. Click here to meet our faculty.CHR Faculty
One of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S.
Northwest Arkansas is the fastest-growing region in the state, and one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. Click here to learn more about Northwest Arkansas.Northwest Arkansas
Community Health & Research (CHR) is an interprofessional research and community health programs team in UAMS’s College of Medicine. CHR exists to ensure that every person has access to their best health.
A highly successful and productive research office with a team of more than 150 full-time staff and investigators, CHR leads a variety of community-engaged research and programs focused on healthy food systems and food equity; maternal, child, and family health; diabetes and cardiometabolic disease management and prevention; policy, systems and environmental strategies; and equitable program evaluation.
The pioneering work of the office has established a nationally recognized research presence in Northwest Arkansas, engaging in innovative collaborations with regional, statewide and national organizations dedicated to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes for all.
Chris Long Quote
CHR faculty integrate a community focus across everything we do. We work closely with communities to answer research questions that are important to community members and to scientific stakeholders.
Network of Scientific Collaborators
Network of Scientific Collaborators
Within UAMS and Community Health and Research, you will work alongside multidisciplinary researchers and support staff in an exceptional scientific environment. UAMS’s network of expert scientists and clinicians are available for support and collaboration, in addition to CHR’s network of respected collaborators from academic institutions across the United States and beyond. CHR researchers also enjoy the benefit of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, which provides services and resources to ensure the swift translation of research into health care advances. Learn more about UAMS TRI at tri.uams.edu.
Our network spans far beyond the walls of academic institutions. We partner with more than 100 community organizations, schools, employers, churches, clinics, and more. Advisory boards comprised of community stakeholders guide much of our work.
At UAMS, you will have access to the tools you need to conduct meaningful research and enact lasting change.
Rachelle Narcisse Quote
CHR is a real bridge between research and community health. Our collaborative approach relies on integrating diverse disciplines while promoting the participation of key members of the communities we serve. This participatory approach leads to tangible impact and positive outreach that goes beyond research.
Since its creation in 2012, the UAMS Community Health and Research has established itself at the forefront of impactful change in the health outcomes of populations in Northwest Arkansas and beyond.
- $70 Million+ in grant funding from a variety of sources, including NIH, CDC, PCORI, HHS, and the Walton & Walmart Foundations
- 75+ projects to reduce health disparities in Northwest Arkansas and around the globe
- 150+ multidisciplinary faculty and research support staff from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds
- 20+ program evaluations managed by CHR evaluators
In the next five years, UAMS Community Health and Research will be the regional, national and global leader in community-engaged research and action. We hope that you will embark on this journey with us. Together, we will create a better state of health for all.
Britni Ayers Quote
My research, and the outstanding collaborative support of the team, has resulted in a more in-depth understanding of the health needs of the Pacific Islander communities and a highly successful research career.
Grow alongside one of the most promising areas in the country
Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Northwest Arkansas is home to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails and walkways; vibrant art communities; and numerous Fortune 500 companies and community organizations that call it home.
Watch the video above to see what makes Northwest Arkansas wonderful, and find more information at the links below.
A Message From Dr. Pearl McElfish
Hear from our Division Director, Dr. Pearl McElfish, about the opportunities to grow with Community Health & Research.A Message From Dr. Pearl McElfish
CHR researchers have produced groundbreaking research that is creating a better state of health for all people. Click here to read our publications.Publications
Meet Our Leadership Team
Our team is comprised of multidisciplinary faculty and staff who go above and beyond to help create a better state of health for all.CHR Leadership Team