SPRINGDALE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health & Research is relocating to Springdale, strengthening collaboration, involvement and relationships between the office and the wider Northwest Arkansas community.
The Office of Community Health & Research is moving from its previous location on the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville to a 28,000-square-foot building at 2708 S. 48th St. in Springdale. The move will allow Community Health & Research staff to strengthen collaborations with community partners in the region and support the growing team of over 150 team members.
The Office of Community Health & Research was founded in 2012 to reduce health disparities and increase access to chronic disease prevention and management services in Northwest Arkansas. In 2015, Community Health & Research launched the Center for Pacific Islander Health, the first center in the United States to focus solely on Pacific Islander health issues through research, community programs, training and policy.
Community Health & Research is a successful and productive research office with a team of more than 150 full-time staff and faculty implementing more than 75 community-engaged projects to reduce health disparities in Northwest Arkansas, across the state and nationally. In Northwest Arkansas, Community Heath & Research staff have worked with community members and partner organizations to provide healthier foods in schools and community meal programs; increase positive birth outcomes and support through family wellness programs; lower COVID-19 infection rates among Marshallese and Hispanic populations; improve care and outcomes for individuals adversely impacted by Type 2 diabetes; and more.
The pioneering work of the office has established a nationally recognized presence in Northwest Arkansas, engaging in innovative collaborations with regional, statewide and national organizations dedicated to eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes for all. Last year, the office’s work in Marshallese, Hispanic and rural communities helped earn UAMS the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
For more information about the UAMS Office of Community Health & Research, visit https://nwa.uams.edu/chr/.