Inclusive. Preventive. Community Partners.
T. Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health,
Little Rock, Arkansas
"As Deputy Director of the Arkansas Center for Health
Disparities, I see obesity has far-reaching impacts on Arkansans’ health
and our economy. Rural communities, racial and ethnic minorities and
persons of low socioeconomic level are disproportionately affected. And
in fact, outlying communities have few resources to address obesity. The
HEALTHY Ways project demonstrated that the evidencebased Diabetes
Prevention Program Lifestyle Intervention can succeed in underserved
areas – and that community members trained as lay health educators can
effectively deliver the program. This is one example of research that
improves access to quality prevention and health care programs for
minorities, with the goal of reducing health disparities.
Ten years have passed since the signing of Arkansas
Legislative Act 1220, which was designed to combat childhood obesity.
With leadership from Martha Phillips, Ph.D., Associate Professor, the
College of Public Health has been involved every step of the way in the
design, implementation and evaluation of the Act’s core activities.
Evidence shows that this historic legislation is making a difference,
with reductions in the percentage of overweight children in schools that
embraced the changes. Act 1220 has been heralded as the first,
comprehensive policy approach to try to reduce childhood obesity in the
~T. Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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The Dean's Message
We focus on population health, which is the health of all
Arkansans. We are devoted to improving the health of individuals,
families and communities across Arkansas through education, research and
service. I think you will be pleased with the outcomes of our work.
Your support enables us to train a workforce and conduct research that
results in disease prevention and a better quality of life for everyone.
James “Jim” Raczynski, Ph.D, F.A.H.A., Professor and Founding Dean, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health