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Congratulations to Charlotte L. Williams (Class of 2009) whose manuscript entitled “A Community-Driven and Evidence-Based Approach to Health Policy Development: Reducing Cancer Disparities in Arkansas,” has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.  The Journal will be published summer of 2009.  Co-authors on this work are Dr. Glen Mays,  Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman and Dr. Paul Greene.


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Congratulations to Sarah Alexandera Marshall (Class of 2008) who has just received a letter of acceptance for admittance into the doctoral program at Indiana University for the upcoming fall term.  She will be pursuing a PhD in Health Behavior.


Brandy Sutphin (Class of 2008), a management project analyst for health statistics in the ADH Center for Public Health Practice , has received her Certification in Public Health (CPH), a new certification for persons who graduated with a master’s degree in public health. She is among the charter class of 500 qualifying professionals worldwide to earn this new designation, according to the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

Dean Donna Petersen, chair of the NBPHE and dean of the University of South Florida College of Public Health, said, “First-time test takers are making history – they will be part of a landmark event in the development of the profession of public health. We are grateful to each of these pioneers, and we encourage others to register for the next examination to be held in August 2009.”

The NBPHE was launched to demonstrate that graduates from CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health have mastered required core and cross-cutting competencies and to address the need for greater recognition of public health as a health profession. Employers hiring credentialed graduates will be assured that these candidates have a fundamental breadth and depth of core public health knowledge.


December 12, 2008 LITTLE ROCK – The Clinton School of Public Service’s Center on Community Philanthropy will receive a $175,000 grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to fund an initiative to fight poverty in Arkansas communities.

The Emerging Communities Initiative (ECI) will work with selected communities to develop programs that best target poverty based on specific community needs.

ECI will select three rural communities ranging in population size of 5,000 to 15,000 beginning in the spring of 2009.  Participating communities will be identified through an extensive process that began with a Community Center Resource and Feasibility Survey distributed by the Center on Community Philanthropy in early 2008.

The idea of the project is to empower community leaders to organize and implement their own plans to fight poverty on a local level, said Charlotte Williams, assistant professor and director of the Center on Community Philanthropy.

“We promote a vision of philanthropy that provides opportunities for communities to help themselves,” Williams said. “Our goal for this grant is to support community-led efforts to establish on-going programs to reduce poverty. This grant will lay the ground work for community development for years to come.”

“We are grateful to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for believing and investing in the vision of the Center on Community Philanthropy to spawn community-driven philanthropic efforts,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We are excited to move forward on this project.”

For more information on the Emerging Communities Initiative, please contact CeCe Campbell atcccampbell@clintonschool.uasys.edu, or 501-683-5656.