Current Research Projects

A list of some of our current research projects in the College of Public Health.

Research Projects Currently Recruiting Participants

Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 (CEAL) : The College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received support from the  National Institutes of Health (NIH) to participate in the national Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) project.  A goal of CEAL is to work with community leaders and organizations to support outreach, education, and address misinformation for populations hardest hit by COVID-19.  These populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and people who live in rural areas.

CHARM: CHARM is a research study that wants to find out how African American women smokers view tobacco products and their thoughts about using certain products to help them quit or reduce their smoking.

FAITH Network: The FAITH Network is a collaboration between UAMS and faith organizations in Arkansas to provide an infrastructure that supports faith-based research as well as the delivery of health programs and health education within faith communities across the state.

F R E S H : The F R E S H, Families Rising to Enforce Smoke-free Homes, research study is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Tobacco at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. This research study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at UAMS.

REJOICE: Everyone has to deal with stressful times. Sometimes dealing with hard times can cause you to feel down. REJOICE is a research study that wants to find out the best way to help people (1) recognize when they are feeling down and (2) learn skills that will help them deal with their mood.

Home Together: A project to provide homeless and near homeless pregnant women and mothers with young children access to behavioral health services.

Project Heal: A research study that aims to understand best ways to implement a Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program to help Black male survivors of violent assault achieve physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Save AR Future: SARF is a prevention program to reduce health disparities by decreasing substance abuse, HIV, and related stigma impacting 18‐24-year-olds in Arkansas, particularly minority populations.


Establishing an exploratory NCMHD Research Center of Excellence in Arkansas – Arkansas Center for Health Disparities
James Raczynski
Research Area(s): Health Behavior and Health Education
Project Period: 9/30/2007 – 4/30/2022
Funding Agency: NIH/NCMHD
Synopsis: Develop research that improves access to quality prevention and healthcare programs for racial and ethnic minorities with a goal of eliminating health disparities.
Website: Arkansas Center for Health Disparities


Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS (BD-STEPS) II
Wendy Nembhard
Research Area(s): Birth Defects
Project Period: 9/1/2018-8/31/2023
Funding Agency: CDC
Website: Arkansas Center for Excellence in Birth Defects Research and Prevention

Other Research

Identifying Factors Affecting Affirming Care for Transgender Arkansans
Alex Marshall
Research Area(s): Health Behavior and Health Education
Project Period: 3/1/20 – 2/28/21
Funding Agency: NIH/NIMHHD

Examining National Diabetes Prevention Program Implementation in a Rural Federally Qualified Health Center Network
Prewitt, Elaine
Research Area(s): Health Policy and Management
Project Period: 2/1/20 – 1/31/21
Funding Agency: UAMS TRI
Synopsis: Evaluate diabetes prevention program in FQHCs in Arkansas (partner with ARCare)

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of High-Risk Populations
Keneshia Bryant-Moore
Research Area(s): Health Behavior and Health Education, Mental Health, COVID-19
Project Period: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021
Funding Agency: PCORI

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