Community Health & Research projects:

HEALTHY START (funding provided by Health Resources and Services Administration)

Healthy Start is a program the promotes positive birth outcomes and improves the health and well-being of mothers and infants. This is accomplished by supporting women and families before, during, and after pregnancy. We work with families to ensure that every child has a safe and nurturing environment every day so that they can be healthy throughout their life. The program provides moms, dads, partners, and families with education, resources, and support through services in the home, hospital or other community settings and one-on-one phone calls.

For more information about the Healthy Start Program, please contact: Krista Langston at

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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

For information about community gardens, contact Carolina Vargas at 479-200-3176 or or Wanna Bing at 479-713-8688 or

For information on worksite wellness programs or health screenings, contact Ralph Wilmoth at 479-713-8692 or


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 Bonnie Faitak at


Our current Research projects include:


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.



  Results: Click here

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.