UAMS Community Health & Research is leading the way to improve health outcomes 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.
The pioneering work of the office has established a nationally-recognized 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.
Working for UAMS Community Health & Research has allowed me to engage with dozens of charitable food partners across the region, state, and country. The partnerships are truly bidirectional – I’m able to share the knowledge I’ve gained based on CHR’s community-engaged research, but I’m also able to learn from the expertise of our partners who are doing work on-the-ground. This sharing of knowledge has been invaluable to me and I am continually growing and evolving the work that I do based on discussions and feedback that I receive from partners. I am so grateful that CHR allows me, and the work that I do, to expand and adapt to the ever-changing charitable food system so that we can combat food insecurity and increase access to healthy foods together.
75+ Projects managed by the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research to reduce health disparities in northwest Arkansas and around the globe
1,000 families in the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands reached through education to reduce health risks from Type 2 diabetes
600+ mothers with healthier pregnancy and childbirth outcomes as part of the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research Healthy Start program
57,000+ students provided healthier meals through Healthy Food Systems and Food Equity programs
12,000+ hours spent on community service learning projects with students in the Teen Outreach Program
10,000+ residents provided navigation services during COVID-19, drastically lowering infection rates
150+ active Community Health Workers engaged in research and community outreach throughout Arkansas
100+ partners in northwest Arkansas and around the globe who work together to create meaningful change in our community
2021 Recipient of the Association of American Colleges Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
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.
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Community Health & Research has a culture that is founded upon successful collaboration across teams and projects to provide the best outcomes to our communities. There is always encouragement from fellow team members and we often get to see an instant impact from the work that we do.