UAMS Friends and Alumni


Inclusive. Preventive. Community Partners.

T. Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health,
Little Rock, Arkansas

My Story

"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 nation."

~T. Elaine Prewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Connect With Us

For more information about supporting us, contact:

Brigitte Grant
(501) 686-8957

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