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.

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Primary Institution
 

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Partner Institutions

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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

  • Carol Ellen Cornell, PhD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Director, Administrative Core
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    Principal Investigator, Project 2
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Valandra German, DrPH
    Director, Community Engagement Core
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Mark L. Williams, PhD
    Co-Director, Investigator Development Core
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Christopher Long, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 1
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Kelsey Bounds
    Project Manager, Project 1

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Bonnie Faitak
    Project Manager, Project 1

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Mignonne Guy, PhD
    Director, Social Justice Integration in Research and Training
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Tiffany Haynes, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 3
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Linda Luster, MSHS, CGM
    Research Director for Administration 
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Ruofei Du, PhD, MS
    Member,
    Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • James Selig, PhD
    Member,
    Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Elaine T. Prewitt, DrPH
    Deputy Director, Administrative Core
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Eric Soule, PhD
    Co-Investigator, Concept Mapping
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Kenya Eddings, MPH
    Director of Communications
    Arkansas Department of Health
  • Dina Jones, PhD, MPH
    Co-Investigator, Survey Development 
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Latonya Rucker
    Health Communications Liaison, Community Engagement Core
    Clinical Research Coordinator, Project 2
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Sandilyn Bullock, MPH
    Project Director, Project 2
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Sean Young, PhD
    Co-Investigator, Geographic Information Mapping
    Unversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Wonda Miller
    Community Health Worker, Community Asset Mapping
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
  • Sandra Cooper
    Community Health Worker, Community Asset Mapping
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Elizabeth Taylor
    Research Director of Community Development
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Camille Hart, MPH
    Project Manager, Project 3 
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences