Projects and Activities

This page describes projects and activities that the OCBPH is involved with community & institutional partners including research, policy, and practice activities.

Anna Huff-Davis
Arkansas Community Health Worker Association
The OCBPH is a strong advocate and partner of the Arkansas Community Health Worker Association (ARCHWA), the state’s professional association of community health workers. ARCHWA was formed in 2015 through the support and guidance of the COPH, the Arkansas Department of Health, and many other stakeholder partners and CHW organizations. Learn more about ARCHWA at:

Do's and Don't Workshop
Dos and Don’ts of Community Engagement Workshop

The Community Advisory Board of the Arkansas Prevention Research Center worked with staff of the OCBPH to develop and implement the Dos and Don’ts of Community Engagement Workshop. This innovative workshop helps to increase understanding among investigators, research staff, and health professional students about how to be respectful in partnering with communities.

Patients Advancing Their Health (PATH) in the Delta

The PATH project is a pilot community health worker intervention integrating CHWs into primary care to help their patients with the most complex needs. PATH is being implemented by Tri County Rural Health Network in partnership with the OCBPH, Anansi Health, and primary care practices in the Arkansas Delta. This project has received funding from the RX Foundation, the Arkansas Blue and You Foundation, and the King Foundation.

Community Health Workers at UAMS

In 2016, the OCBPH partnered with the Emergency Department (ED) at UAMS to study the feasibility and impact of integrating a community health worker into the ED to help patients with needs that are hard to meet in the ED. Mrs. Melanie Joyner, the CHW hired for the pilot, was very successful and UAMS has recently expanded the program to employ 3 CHWs to help patients during transitions of care. One of the newly hired CHWs is Ms. Ruby Welch, who helped to pilot the UAMS Little Rock Transitions Clinic. This program, based at the UAMS Family Medical Center, is designed to involve CHWs in addressing former prisoners’ critical medical and social needs. The program was a collaboration of the UAMS Center for Primary Care, UAMS College of Public Health and the Central Arkansas Re-Entry (CARE) Coalition, a local network of community-based and social service organizations serving the reentry needs of formerly incarcerated individuals.

UAMS Primary Care Public Health Partnership Serves Former Prisoners

Health Impact Assessment

CARE Empathy DayThe COPH continues to work closely with CARE and we have partnered with the Coalition and the UA Clinton School of Public service to conduct a study identifying the types of housing and housing support services that exist in communities in Little Rock disproportionately affected by incarceration, and documenting the housing related policies among housing providers (both public and private) so as to better contextualize housing availability for formerly incarcerated individuals. This project in turn led to the development of a funded Health Impact Assessment (HIA) project examining the barriers to quality, affordable and stable housing in Little Rock.


Community / Patient Scientist Academy

The Translational Research Institute’s Community Advisory Board recommended that our community engagement team work with them to implement a community scientist academy (CSA) to engage community members and patients who are underrepresented in research, have no research background, and who may lack trust and interest in participating in research. Read about the pilot of the CSA here Community Scientist Academy and the Patient Scientist Academy, which was piloted in April and May, here Patient Scientist Academy.

Community Partner Celebration

Each year we partner with the TRI to recognize and celebrate our community partners through our Community Partner Celebration. Go here to learn about the partners who were honored in 2016: Partners Honored.

Transform Health Arkansas

Transform Health Arkansas is an initiative of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC) implemented in partnership with the OCBPH and many other stakeholders focused on improving the health and healthcare of trans Arkansans. Through engagement funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, this project is identifying the issues of highest priority among trans Arkansans and working together to address them through research, education, and improved quality and access to care.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about any of these projects and learn about ways you can become involved.