The Division of Community Health is conducting research to help the residents of Arkansas, the U.S., and the world live longer, healthier lives. The Division of  Community Health’s research  has focused on community based primary and secondary prevention of diabetes and other cardio-metabolic disease.  Research has included policy, systems, and environmental research that focuses on increasing physical activity and addressing nutrition and healthy food access. Our researchers are national leaders in research and are focused on: diabetes prevention and management, health disparities, healthy food systems, healthy environments, and research ethics.  The Divisions of Community Health  is home to a nationally renowned Center for Pacific Islander Health, which is the first research center in the nation that focuses solely on Pacific Islander health. The Center for Pacific Islander Health works with Pacific Islander communities across the U.S. and in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.  Researchers in the Divisions of Community Health are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and  other national/international agencies and foundations.

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA

Director, Division of Community Health and Research