The ARCHD Community Engagement and Dissemination Core works to expand the Office of Community-Based Public Health/College of Public Health (COPH) community engagement infrastructure, increasing the feasibility of faculty and student participation in community engagement opportunities supporting disparities research. This bidirectional engagement will enable improved community outcomes through a partnership with the Tri County Rural Health Network (TCRHN). TCRHN is a long-term Delta-based community partner of ARCHD and the COPH and will serve a critical role in the expansion of ARCHD. The overall goal of the ARCHD Community Engagement and Dissemination Core is to facilitate equitable partnerships focused on reducing exposures that lead to or worsen chronic disease and to coordinate the dissemination of interventions that reduce disparities in quality of life and access to health care. The Community Engagement and Dissemination Core (CEDC) of the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD) will address essential requirements of successful disparities research. In order to reduce racial disparities in health, our research must 1) engage those who bear the greatest burden of risk for chronic disease, 2) identify and broadly disseminate solutions, and 3) partner with stakeholders to scale and sustain lasting change.
Aim 1. Facilitate equitable partnerships by building CE capacity of communities and investigators and providing CE consultation to ARCHD-funded researchers.
Aim 2. Coordinate dissemination of ARCHD-funded and other disparities research findings and communication about overall Center activities.
Aim 3. Coordinate with other cores to support investigators and the Translational Advisory Committee (TAC) to develop plans for next steps after project completion and/or translation of research findings into sustainable community-and systems-level changes.
Aim 4. Evaluate the process of and outcomes associated with core activities, using a realistic evaluation approach and mixed methods to gather data.
Community Engagement and Dissemination Core Members
- Kathryn (Kate) Stewart, M.D., MPH, Core Co-Director
- Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, Core Co-Director
- Ashley Mcnatt, DrPH, MA, Communication Specialist
- Anna Huff-Davis-Co-Investigator/Recruitment Specialist
- Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
- Arkansas Community Health Worker’s Association (ARCHWA)
- Arkansas Community Organizations (ACO)/Arkansas Community Institute (ACI)
- Arkansas Department of Health
- Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTeC)/Transform Health Arkansas
- Central Arkansas Re-Entry (CARE) Coalition
- Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas (CTFA)
- Faith Task Forces of Phillips and Jefferson Counties
- Plant a Seed Foundation
- Pulaski County Jail
- Rural Community Alliance
- The Arkansas Minority Health Commission
- The COPH Office of Community-Based Public Health
- The UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs
- The UAMS Community Engagement Function of the Translational Research Institute
- Tri County Rural Health Network
- Tri County Rural Health Network Community Connector Program
Community Partner Advisors
- Leta Anthony, Central Arkansas Re-Entry (CARE) Coalition
- Dani Smith Archie, Transform Health Arkansas
- Arkansas Community Health Workers Association
- Naomi Cottoms, TRI County Rural Health Network
- Katherine Donald, Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas
- Morgan Holladay, DecARcerate
- Charles Moore, Plant a Seed Foundation
- Lt. Ron Routh, Pulaski County Jail
- Neil Sealy, Arkansas Community Organizations
- Rev. Johnny Smith, Jefferson County Faith Task Force
- Rev. Jerome Turner, Phillips County Faith Task Force