June 21, 2017

Holly C. Felix, PhD, MPA


Associate, COPH Office of Community Based Public Health
Associate, COM Office of Community Health and Research


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 care services
  • Impact of obesity on access and quality of health services
  • Outcomes associated with community health worker programs
  • Addressing health disparities

Current Research Projects

  • Reach Out and Connect in Northwest Arkansas, Investigator (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, McElfish PA, PI)

Courses Taught

  • HPMT 6103 Health Systems Theory and Research
  • HPMT 6114 Advanced Public Health Policy and Management


McElfish PA, Rowland B, Ayers BL, O’Connor GE, Purvis RS, Aitaoto N, Capelle L, Laelan M, Felix HC, Stewart MK, Yeary KHK. 2019. Development and evaluation of a community-engaged research training program: Building capacity of Marshallese stakeholders and academic researchers to conduct health research. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 12(1): 1-20. https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/ijcre/article/view/6198/7078; http:dx.doi.org/10.5130/ijcre.v12i1.6198.

Felix HC, Narcisse MR, Rowland MB, Long CR, Bursac Z, and McElfish PM. 2019. Level of Recommended Heart Attack Knowledge among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults in the US. Hawaiian Journal of Medicine and Public Health. 78(2): 61-65. https://www.hjmph.org/HJMPH_Feb19.pdf

McElfish PA, Long CR, Kohler PO, Yeary KHK, Bursac Z, Narcisse MR, Felix HC, Rowland B, Hudson JS, Goulden. 2019. Comparative Effectiveness and Maintenance of Diabetes Self-Management Education Interventions for Marshallese Type 2 Diabetes Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care; 42(5):e1-10. [Epub 12 March 2019]. doi: 10.2337/dc18-1985.

Brown CC, Moore JE, Felix HC, Stewart MK, Bird, TM, Lowery CL, Tilford JM. 2019. Association of State Medicaid Expansion Status with Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth. JAMA. 321(16):1598–1609. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3678.

Felix HC, Narcisse MR, Long CR, English E, Haggard-Duff L, McElfish PA. 2019. The Effect of Family Diabetes Self-management Education on Self-care Behaviors of Marshallese Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. American Journal of Health Behavior. 43(3): 490-497. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.43.3.4

Payakachat N, Long CR, McElfish PA, Narcisse MR, Felix HC, Bursac Z, Hudson TJ. 2019. Prevalence, health and resource utilization, and unmet healthcare needs of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children with Developmental Disabilities. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 124(3): 234-247. https://doi.org/10.1352/1944-7558-124.3.234

McElfish PA, Ayers BL, Felix H, Long CR, Bursac Z, Kaholokula JK, Riklon S, Bing W, Iban A, Yeary KHK. 2019. How stakeholder engagement influenced a randomized comparative effectiveness trial testing two Diabetes Prevention Program interventions in a Marshallese Pacific Islander Community. Journal of Translational Medicine. 17:42, 8 pages. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12967-019-1793-7

Felix HC, Ali MM, Bird TM, Cottoms N, Stewart MK. 2019. Are community health workers more effective in identifying persons in need of home and community-based long-term services than standard-passive approaches? Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 38(3):194-208, DOI: 10.1080/01621424.2019.1604461

Narcisse MR, Felix HC, Long CR, McElfish PA. 2019. Heart attack and stroke symptoms knowledge of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the US: Findings from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. Health Promotion and Practice, Published online April 25. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839919845669 Print version forthcoming.

Narcisse MR, Long CR, Felix HC, Howie EK, Purvis RS, McElfish PA. 2019. Adherence to sleep guidelines reduces risk of overweight/obesity in addition to 8-5-2-1-0 guidelines among a large sample of adolescents in the United States. Sleep Health. Available online April 2019. In press, corrected proof: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2019.03.004, Print version forthcoming.

McElfish PA, Long CR, Bursac Z, Scott AJ, Felix HC, Schulz TK, Worley MA, Rowland B. Diabetes self-management education exposure and glycated hemoglobin levels among Marshallese participants in a randomized controlled study. Diabetic Medicine. [In press]. Accepted 22 October 2019.

Felix HC, Narcisse MR, Long CR, McElfish PA. Effects of family DMSE on family members, Families, Systems and Health. Accepted Jan 2020

Brown, CC; Moore, JE; Felix, HC; Stewart, MK; Tilford, JM. 2020. County-level variation in low birthweight and preterm birth: An evaluation of state Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Medical Care, Accepted Jan 2020.

Felix HC, Dayama N, Morris ME, Pradhan R, Bradway C. 2020. Organizational Characteristics and the Adoption of Electronic Health Records among Nursing Homes in one Southern State. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Accepted, Jan 2020