June 21, 2017

Holly C. Felix, PhD, MPA

Associate Professor


2005 – Ph.D. (Public Policy/ Health Policy Specialization), University of Arkansas
1990 – MPA, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
1987 – BA (Political Science), University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Research Interests

  • Access to health and long-term care services
  • Use of Community Health Workers to facilitate access to health services
  • Impact of obesity on access to and quality of health services

Current Research Projects

  • Reach Out and Connect in Northwest Arkansas, Investigator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, McElfish PA, PI)
  • Development of Complex Care Management Model(Rx Foundation, Stewart MK, PI)
  • Comparison of effectiveness of community health workers compared to standard outreach for long-term care services on long-term care service utilization, cost and consumer satisfaction and quality of life, PI (National Institute for Minority Health Disparities through Establishing an Exploratory NCMHD Research Center of Excellence in Arkansas, National Center for Minority Health Disparities, Raczynski JM,PI)

Courses Taught

PBHL 5363 Introduction to Health Policy and Politics
PBHL 9033/HSRE 9113 Advanced Health Policy and Management
HSRE 9103 Health Systems Theory and Research


(selected out of more than 40)

Felix HC, Shepherd J, Stewart MK. 2003. Recruitment of Rural Health Care Providers: A Regional Recruiter Strategy.  J Rural Health. 19(S):340-346.

Felix HC, Stewart MK. 2005, February. Health Status in the Mississippi Delta Region. Southern Medical Journal. 98(2): 149-154.

Felix HC. 2007. The Rise of the Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: An Historical Analysis Using the Policy Streams Model. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.1.1: 31-39.

Wheeler JG, Pulley L, Felix HC, Bursac Z, Siddiqui N, Stewart MK, Mays GP, Gauss CH. 2007. Impact of a smoke free hospital campus policy on employee and consumer behavior. Public Health Reports. 122:744-752. PMC1997242

West DS, Prewitt TE, Bursac Z, Felix HC.  2008. Weight loss of black, white and Hispanic men and women in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Obesity.16(6):1413-20.

Felix HC. Personal care assistance needs of obese elders entering nursing homes in Arkansas. 2008. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 9(5):319-26.

Felix HC, West DS, Bursac, Z. 2008. Impact of USPSTF practice guidelines on clinician weight loss counseling as reported by obese patients. Preventive Medicine. 47(4): 394-397.

Felix HC, Bronstein J, Bursac Z, Stewart MK, Foushee HR, Klapow J. 2009. Family planning provider referral and facilitation behavior and patient follow-up for abnormal Pap smears. Public Health Reports. 124(5): 733-744. PMC2728666

Craig RLFelix HC, Walker J, Phillips MM.  2010. Public health professionals as policy entrepreneurs: Arkansas’s childhood obesity policy experience. American Journal of Public Health. 100(11): 2047-2052. PMC2951957

Felix HC, Mays GP, Stewart MK, Cottoms N, Olson M.  2011. Medicaid cost savings resulted when community health workers matched those with needs to home and community care. Health Affairs. July, 30(7): 1366-1374. PMC3182460 [Note: This article was part of a themed issue on System Innovations that was featured in a press briefing at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, July 7, 2011]

West DS, Bursac Z, Cornell CE, Felix HC, Fausett JK, Krukowski RA, Lensing S, Love S, Prewitt TE, Beck C. 2011 Lay health educators translate a weight-loss intervention in senior centers: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Oct;41(4):385-91. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.06.041.

Felix HC, West DS.  2013. Effectiveness of Weight Loss Interventions for Obese Older Adults. American Journal of Health Promotion. 27(3): 191-199. PMCID: PMC3539224

Felix HC, Adams B, Cornell CE, Fausett JK, Krukowski RA, Love SJ, Prewitt TE, West DS. 2014. Barriers and facilitators to senior center participation in translational research. Research on Aging. 36(10): 22-38. PMC4318259 Published online before print November 20, 2012,doi: 10.1177/0164027512466874.

Felix HC, Lee D, Stewart MK, Greene PG. 2013. Engagement of Community Health Workers in the Research Enterprise. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. 5(1).

Felix HC, Lee D, Stewart MK, Greene PG. 2013. Engagement of Community Health Workers in the Research Enterprise. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. 5(1).

Felix HC, Bradway C, Chisholm L, Pradhan R, Weech-Maldonado R. Prevalence of Moderate to Severe Obesity among US Nursing Home Residents, 2000-2010. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 2015 Jul-Aug;8(4):173-8.

Felix HC, Bradway C, Ali MM, Li X. Nursing Home Perspectives on the Transition of Morbidly Obese Patients from Hospitals to Nursing Homes. 2014. Journal of Applied Gerontology, pii: 0733464814563606. [Epub ahead of print]