Project Heal

Black Men working on their health with health care professionals


Project Heal is a research study, sponsored by the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (an NIMHD funded center), that seeks to understand best ways to address the mental and behavioral needs of young African American male survivors of violent assault with a Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program (HVIP).

This study builds upon our previous work that explored the mental health impact of gun violence among young African American men in Arkansas. Findings revealed the need for immediate access to comprehensive interventions designed to address survivors’ post-traumatic stress symptoms, substance use behaviors, and social circumstances – all of which are addressed in HVIPs, such as the Healing Hurt People program conducted by our partners from Drexel University’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. In order to understand best ways to start an HVIP here in Arkansas, we need your participation, your thoughts, your voice!


  • You will participate in a one-time, 1-hour interview sharing your story and your thoughts on a hospital-based program for violent assault survivors.
  • You can do everything from the comfort of your own home via phone or Zoom.
  • All answers will be kept confidential.
  • You will be compensated for your time.


To participate you must be:

  • Black or African American
  • Male
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Currently Living in Central Arkansas
  • Recently treated for a violent assault injury (gunshot, knife stabbing, fight, etc.) at the UAMS Emergency Department or other surrounding Arkansas hospitals

Through YOUR participation, we hope to learn what might or might not help us start a hospital-based violence intervention program to help meet the needs of African-American men who have experienced violent assault.


If you would like to participate in the study, submit the information below. Our research team will contact you to determine your eligibility and provide additional study information.
  • Name
  • The information, including your contact info, we collect from you online, by phone, email, or through the website, including your name and any other identifying information will be strictly confidential. This information will be kept under lock and key.
  • You will not lose any services, benefits, or rights you would normally have if you chose not to volunteer. It is okay to say no.
  • Your decision to contact us to participate or not participate in this study will not affect your relationship with UAMS.


Please contact us for more information!

Portia Crawford
Research Assistant
Phone: 501-526-6731

Thank you for your interest in this research study!!!

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This study is funded by the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, grant U54 MD002329. It is also supported by the UAMS NIDA T32 Addiction Research Training Program, grant T32 DA022981 and the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI), grant UL1 TR003107.