CRHS

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Center for Research, Health, and Social Justice

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research team
Members of the research team include, (back row, l-r) Keneshia Bryant-Moore, PhD, FNP-BC, RN, Pebbles Fagan, PhD, Carol Cornell, PhD, Linda Luster and Christina Hamilton; (front) Elizabeth Taylor, Elaine T. Prewitt, DrPH, and Tiffany Haynes, PhD. Pictured separately are, from top: Mark Williams, PhD, Chris Long, PhD, and Mignonne Guy, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University).

Arkansas, located in the Southern region of the United States, ranks among the lowest in the nation in overall health outcomes and in cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Within Arkansas, place- and race-based disparities are quite profound, and rural residents and Blacks/African Americans fare the worst. Forty-one percent of Arkansans live in rural areas where socioeconomic distress, chronic disease risk factors, and social structural factors underlying these disparities have not changed in decades. Poverty and food insecurity are higher, and wages, employment opportunities and health care access are lower in rural than in urban Arkansas. Blacks/African Americans have the highest cancer and CVD mortality rates, the worst socioeconomic indicators, and have experienced enormous historic trauma, particularly in the Delta regions. 

The Center for Research, Health, and Social Justice (CRHS) uses a social justice framework to conduct research, engage communities, and build a diverse and competent research workforce to reduce disparities in cancer and cardiovascular disease. Social justice focuses on improving lives and wellbeing of historically marginalized and oppressed groups that face racism and discrimination. The CRHS is designed to become a national model for eliminating chronic disease disparities using social-justice-informed research, training, and community engagement.

CRHS Online
 

Primary Institution
 

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Partner Institutions

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205
United States

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Arkansas Department of Health

4815 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205
United States

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Virginia Commonwealth University

907 Floyd Ave.
Richmond, VA 23284
United States

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Eastern Carolina University

E 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858
United States

Team

Leadership

Leadership

Carol Ellen Cornell, PhD
Principal Investigator (MPI)
Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator (MPI)

Projects

Project 1

Christopher Long
Principal Investigator

Project 2 | FRESH Delivers

Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Sandilyn Bullock, MPH
Project Director
Latonya Rucker
Clinical Research Coordinator

Project 3

Tiffany Haynes, PhD
Principal Investigator
Camille Hart
Project Manager

Cores

Investigator Development

Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH
Co-Director
Mark Williams
Co-Director

Administrative

Carol Ellen Cornell, PhD
Director
Elaine Prewitt, DrPH
Deputy Director

Community Engagement

Valandra Oliver-German, DrPH
Director
Latonya Rucker
Health Communications Liaison

Community Development

Elizabeth Taylor
Director

Community Asset Mapping

Sandra Cooper
Community Health Worker
Wonda Miller
Community Health Worker

Geographic Information Mapping

Sean Young, PhD
Co-investigator

Survey Development 

Dina Jones, PhD, MPH
Co-investigator

Working Groups

Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group

Ruofei Du, PhD, MS
Member
James Selig, PhD
Member

Project Managers Working Group

Camille Hart
Project Manager

Partner Institutions

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Tiffany Haynes, PhD
Carol Ellen Cornell, PhD
Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH
Valandra Oliver-German, DrPH
Mark Williams
Camille Hart
Elizabeth Taylor
Latonya Rucker
Dina Jones, PhD, MPH
Wonda Miller
Sandra Cooper
Ruofei Du, PhD, MS
James Selig, PhD

Arkansas Department of Health

Virginia Commonwealth University

Eastern Carolina University