Our current community health projects include:

REACH (funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

The Office of Community Health and Research is working to develop community linkages in the Marshallese and Hispanic communities in Northwest Arkansas to increase access to chronic disease prevention and management services and increase access to healthy foods. As part of this grant-funded project, we are working with churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations to connect them to the services that can improve overall health and wellness in the community. We are also working with doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff on cultural competency training so they can provide optimal care to their Marshallese and Hispanic patients.

For information about cultural competency training for health care providers, contact Sarah Moore at 479-713-8678 or SJMoore@UAMS.edu.

For information about community gardens, contact Carolina Vargas at 479-713-8684 or CNVarvas@UAMS.edu or Wanna Bing at 479-713-8688 or wibing@UAMS.edu.

For information on worksite wellness programs or health screenings, contact Ralph Wilmoth at 479-713-8692 or ROWilmoth@UAMS.edu.




RISE (funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

Reducing Intake of Sodium for Everyone (RISE) is a new 5-year project designed to reduce the amount of sodium consumed in schools and in emergency meal programs that primarily serve the food insecure in northwest Arkansas. UAMS is currently working with the Springdale Public Schools, the Promise Land Food Program in Springdale, Samaritan Community Center in Rogers and Springdale, and United Methodist First Church in Springdale.

For more information about RISE, click here or contact Krista Langston at KNLangston@UAMS.edu.


Our current research projects include:

Family Model Diabetes Education Study

The family model study is a randomized, controlled trial studying the effectiveness of a UAMS-designed family-centered model of diabetes self-management education targeted for Marshallese families. The study, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will conclude in 2017.

We are currently recruiting Marshallese diabetics for this study. If you are Marshallese, at least 18 years old, and have diabetes, you can participate in this study.

To learn more about participating in this study, contact Jellesen Rubon-Chutaro at 479-713-8685 or JRubonchutaro@UAMS.edu.




Our pilot research projects include:

  • A study on the Affordable Care Act and how it affects Marshallese COFA migrants.
  • A study on the prevalence and severity of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease among the Marshallese in Arkansas.
  • A pilot study of a family model of diabetes self-management in the Marshallese community, which led to the current PCORI grant.
  • A study on infant feeding practices among Marshallese mothers.
  • A study of health beliefs related to type 2 diabetes among the Marshallese in Arkansas.
  • A needs assessment survey of the greatest health concerns and perceptions of research participation among diverse communities in Northwest Arkansas.
  • A study of participants’ and communities’ perceptions and preferences related to research dissemination.