"Teaching and research are important to me, but gathering and framing information to help communities and policy makers make informed decisions is my passion.
That passion helped spur the idea for a website – uams.edu/phacs - that compiles the abundance of available public health-related information in one place. It makes connecting to community health information easy for Arkansans.
Community organizations and ordinary citizens can use the information to improve the health of their people. The website also holds a wealth of information for researchers and policy makers. For example, you can go to the website and find that 31.3 percent of women over 40 in Crittenden County have not had a mammogram in the last two years. Mammograms help save lives by detecting breast cancer early, and it is recommended that women over the age of 40 be screened regularly. That pinpoints a direct opportunity for improvement.
Of course, that's just one example of the type of information available. Users can search indicators related to demographics, social environment, access to health care, behavior risks and preventive care in addition to health outcomes and mortality.
I encourage everyone to get to know the public health challenges that are facing your particular community."
- Martha Phillips, Ph.D.
Photo Caption: (left to right) Martha Phillips, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Little Rock, Arkansas and Nikiya Simpson, M.B.A., PHACS Project Manager, Little Rock, Arkansas
- I’m an assistant professor in the College of Public Health.
- My husband works at UAMS.
- Three of our neighbors also work at UAMS.
- My family physician graduated from UAMS.
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