October 24, 2014

About Faculty and Staff

Ashley Bachelder has New Role in the Office of Community-Based Public Health

Community Program Manager for the Office of Community Based Public Health Ashley Bachelder, M P S, M P HAshley Bachelder, MPS, MPH, has been promoted to the position of Community Program Manager for the Office of Community Based Public Health. She will serve as the primary contact in the OCBPH for faculty, students and community partners who are interested in learning more about OCBPH and community-based public health.

Ms. Bachelder is available to consult with faculty or staff about integrating community engagement into research, teaching or other activities. She can help students define a community-based preceptorship or culminating experience project and connect them with community organizations of interest. For community organizations or current COPH partners with an interest in getting more involved with the College, she can help make connections within the College or with ongoing projects.

Ms. Bachelder will apply her expertise in service learning coordination and teaching in ongoing efforts by OCBPH to increase capacity for service learning in our college. She will also continue to work closely with the staff, researchers, and community partners involved in the community engagement efforts of the Translational Research Institute.

Ms. Bachelder, who joined OCBPH in 2012, “has been a great asset to the many projects she has worked on, most notably the Community-Linked Research Infrastructure project in Jefferson County and the Community Engagement Core of our Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD),” said OCBPH Director Kate Stewart, M.D., MPH. “She has been instrumental in developing several of our new community partnerships here in Little Rock and will continue to be the point person for our community engagement efforts through the ARCHD.”

Ms. Bachelder is a 2012 alumna of the UAMS MPH program and also holds a Master of Public Service degree from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

New Publications by Alex Marshall

C O P H Assistant Professor Alexandra Marshall, P h D, M P H, C P H, C H E SAlex Marshall, Ph.D., MPH, CPH, CHES, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, has these two new publications:

Marshall, A., Gray, M., Yarber, W., Sherwood-Laughlin, C. & Estell, D. (In Press) Coping and Survival Skills: The Role School Personnel Play Regarding Support for Bullied Sexual Minority Oriented Youth. Journal of School Health.

Marshall, A., Morris, D. & Rainey, J. (2014) Linking exercise and sexual satisfaction among healthy adults. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 17. http://www.ejhs.org/volume17/exercise.html.

Michael Morris earns Ph.D.

C O P H Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management Michael E. Morris, P h D, M P H, M P ACongratulations to Michael Morris, MBA, MPH, Ph.D.. Dr. Morris’s Ph.D., which was recently awarded by the University of Florida, was in the area of health care finance and management. His dissertation was entitled, “Expenditures and Performance of Florida Public Health Agencies.”

Morris joined the faculty of the COPH Department of Health Policy and Management in 2011 as an Instructor for the Health Services Administration division of the department.  On Oct. 1, he took a position as Assistant Professor with the department.

Dr. Morris has a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MPH from Emory University, as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. Among his academic honors was his selection as a University of Florida Alumni Fellow from 2007-2011, which is the highest graduate student award given by UF.

Dr. Morris’s research interests include public health finance, public health systems and services research, healthcare management and health information systems. He has been actively involved in policy development for the American Public Health Association on topics related to his interest in local and state health department finance and workforce issues. In 2010, the Health Administration Section of the APHA presented him with a Service Award in recognition of his service as the lead author on a policy proposal about health department funding which has since then become official APHA policy.

Dr. Morris teaches the courses Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance and Advanced Healthcare Finance.