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Mary Stewart

TitleProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentCollege of Public Health, College of Provost
DivisionHealth Policy & Management
Address2224 ED III College of Public Health
220 UAMS Campus Dr.
Mail Slot # 820
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-526-6625
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    Dr. Stewart has over 25 years of experience engaging communities, both domestically and internationally, in research, evaluation, and in interdisciplinary efforts to improve public health, particularly among rural populations with health disparities. She has developed a strong knowledge base and broad skillset for engaging communities and holds multiple leadership roles that attest to her expertise in this area. She began her career in Bangladesh, where she served on teams evaluating the population health impact of community programs as well as the critical role of socio-cultural determinants of health. She also has a solid understanding of the challenges of population-based research gained through a three year fellowship and five years of in-depth field experience overseeing national demographic and health surveys in under-resourced settings such as Namibia, Ethiopia, and the Philippines; designing survey instruments; and conducting cross-country survey data analysis. Since returning home to Arkansas in 1997, she has led programmatic and research initiatives requiring strong cross-sector partnerships at the regional, state, and community levels, with an emphasis on increasing healthcare access in rural communities and reducing health disparities related to race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She has partnered with communities to create data and human resource infrastructure for community engaged research and program evaluation with support from NIH, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Agriculture, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as state-level public and philanthropic sources. She has directed the Office of Community-Based Public Health in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) since 2001 and oversees community engagement for the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities, the Arkansas Prevention Research Center, and the UAMS Translational Research Institute. As a professor in health policy and management, she has integrated her expertise in community-based participatory research and health disparities to leverage policy changes related to access to care, community health workers, and long-term care. She also studies the science of community engagement. She has extensive experience teaching and mentoring graduate students and junior faculty in community engagement.


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    Collapse Translational Research Institute: Clinical and Translational Science Award
    Director, TRI Community Engagement




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    Current:
    2012-present Professor, Dept. Health Policy & Management, COPH, UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    2005-present Director, Office of Community-Based Public Health, COPH, UAMS
    2009-present Director, Community Engagement, Translational Research Institute, UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    2012-present Director, Community Engagement Core, Arkansas Center for Health Disparities, COPH UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    2009-present Director, Community Engagement and Partnerships Core, Arkansas Prevention Research Center, COPH UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    2012-present Graduate School Faculty, Graduate School, UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    Past:
    2001-2012 Associate Professor (tenured in 2003), Dept. Health Policy & Management, College of Public Health (COPH), UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    2003-2005 Associate Director, Office of Community-Based Public Health, COPH, UAMS
    1999-2003 Associate Director, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, UAMS, Little Rock, AR
    1998-2003 Associate, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, AR
    1988-1997 Research Associate, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
    1988–1990 Acting Director, Principal Investigator (1990); Assistant Director & Co-Investigator (1988–1990) Matlab Maternal/Child Health and Family Planning Programme, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh

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    2016Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Award, UAMS
    2011Named one of 20 Influential Minority Health Advocates in Arkansas, Arkansas Minority Heath Commission
    2011Most Interesting Home and Community-Based Services Research Award for paper in Health Affairs,, Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, San Francisco, CA
    2010Abstract selected as one of top three for 2010, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
    2009Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Health Service,, COPH, UAMS
    2007 - presMember, Beta Delta Chapter, Delta Omega
    2006Special Recognition for Leadership and Service , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Southern Rural Access Program

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    Courses:
    2008-present: PBHL 5843/6246 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
    2010-present: PBHL 9103 Community-Based Program Design
    2005-2010: PBHL 9113 Community-Based Program Design and Evaluation
    2009: PBHL 9643 Advanced Methods in Health Disparities Research


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    EAIN-2973     (BRYANT-MOORE, KENESHIA)Nov 1, 2019 - Oct 31, 2020
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
    2020 Community-Campus Partnership Conference to Address Health Disparities
    Role: Co-Investigator

    UL1TR003107     (JAMES, LAURA P)Jul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2024
    NIH/NCATS
    Expanding Translational Research in Arkansas
    Role: Co-Investigator

    14038-UAMS     (STEWART, MARY)Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2021
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
    Development of a Regional Transgender Health Research and Education Collaborative in the Southern US
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Check # 865268     (STEWART, MARY)Jan 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018
    RX Foundation
    Patients Advancing Their Health in the Delta – Process Evaluation of a Community Health Worker Innovation for Complex Patients with Multiple Chronic Diseases
    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54TR001629     (JAMES, LAURA P)Sep 26, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018
    NIH/NCATS
    Expanding Translational Research in Arkansas
    Role: Co-Investigator

    3414216     (STEWART, MARY)Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2018
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute - Pass Through: Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC)
    Transform Health Arkansas
    Role: Principal Investigator

    1U24HD090912-01     Dec 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020
    NICHD
    Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Networ
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U24HD090912     (HOBBS, CHARLOTTE A)Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020
    NIH/NICHD
    Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U24OD024957     (HOBBS, CHARLOTTE A)Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2020
    NIH
    Data Coordinating and Operations Center (DCOC) for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network
    Role: Co-Investigator

         (STEWART, MARY K)Aug 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
    Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute - Pass Through: Arkansas Trasgender Equality Coalition
    Transform Health Arkansas
    Role: Principal Investigator

    U01MD010644     (HAYNES, TIFFANY FRANCINE)May 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2021
    NIH/NIMHD
    Reducing depressive symptoms among rural African Americans: REJOICE.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U01 MD010644     May 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2018
    NIMHD
    Reducing depressive symptoms among rural African Americans: REJOICE.
    Role: Co-Investigator

    1513-UAMS     (MCELFISH, PEARL ANNA)Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2017
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
    PCORI Engagement Award: Knowledge, Training and Development, and Dissemination
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U48 DP001943     Sep 30, 2014 - Sep 29, 2019
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Arkansas Prevention Research Center for Cardiovascular Risk (HTN) Reduction. Community Engagement
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U48DP005005     (RACZYNSKI, JAMES M)Sep 30, 2014 - Sep 29, 2019
    CDC/NCCDPHP
    Arkansas Prevention Research Center for Cardiovascular Risk (HTN) Reduction
    Role: Co-Investigator

    2480     (STEWART, MARY)Jul 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2017
    RxFoundation.com, LLC - Pass Through: Third Sector New England
    Delta Health Partners (DHP) Initiative
    Role: Principal Investigator

    # AID2013     Dec 20, 2013 - Dec 19, 2014
    Arkansas Insurance Department
    Evaluation of Arkansas Insurance Exchange
    Role: Co-Investigator

    1 R24 MD007923-01     Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2015
    NIMHD
    Faith-Academic Initiatives for Transforming Health (FAITH) in the Delta
    Role: Co-Investigator

    R24MD007923     (YEARY, KAREN HYE-CHEON KIM)Jan 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2015
    NIH/NIMHD
    Faith-Academic Initiatives for Transforming Health (FAITH) in the Delta
    Role: Co-Investigator

    P20 MD002329     Sep 5, 2012 - Feb 28, 2018
    NIMHD
    Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD): An NIMHD Exploratory COE
    Role: Co-Investigator

    P20 MD002329     Sep 5, 2012 - Feb 28, 2018
    NIMHD
    Effects of Community Health Workers Compared to Standard Outreach for Long-Term Care Services
    Role: Co-Investigator

    1RC4MD005693-01     (STEWART, MARY K)Jul 6, 2010 - Sep 30, 2013
    NIMHD
    Expanding Community-Linked Infrastructure to Support Disparities Research
    Role: Principal Investigator

    RC4MD005693     (GREENE, PAUL G)Jul 6, 2010 - Sep 30, 2013
    NIH/NIMHD
    Expanding Community-Linked Infrastructure to Support Disparities Research
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    U48DP001943     (RACZYNSKI, JAMES M)Sep 30, 2009 - Sep 29, 2014
    CDC/NCCDPHP
    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARKANSAS PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTER (ARPRC) CATEGORY 2
    Role: Co-Investigator

    UL1RR029884     (LOWERY, CURTIS L)Jul 14, 2009 - Mar 31, 2014
    NIH/NCRR
    Arkansas Center for Clinical and Translational Research
    Role: Co-Investigator

    U54MD002329     (RACZYNSKI, JAMES M)Sep 30, 2007 - Apr 30, 2022
    NIH/NIMHD
    Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD): An NIMHD COE
    Role: Co-Investigator

    P20MD002329     (RACZYNSKI, JAMES M)Sep 30, 2007 - Feb 28, 2017
    NIH/NIMHD
    Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD): An NIMHD Exploratory COE
    Role: Co-Investigator

    D60RH08532     (STEWART, MARY)Sep 1, 2007 - Sep 30, 2013
    Health Resources & Services Administration - Pass Through: Mid-Delta Community Consortium
    Arkansas Delta Rural Development Network Program
    Role: Principal Investigator

    4600012794     (EUDY, RUTH)Jul 1, 2007 - Jun 30, 2009
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services & Administration on Aging
    Arkansas Women's Health (Family Planning) Demonstration Waiver Evaluation
    Role: Co-Investigator

    HDLSC-NE07     (STEWART, MARY)Mar 1, 2007 - Feb 28, 2010
    Community Campus Partnerships for Health
    Arkansas Health Disparities Service Learning Initiative
    Role: Principal Investigator

    HDSLC-ARK07     (STEWART, MARY)Mar 1, 2007 - Feb 28, 2010
    Community Campus Partnerships for Health
    Arkansas Health Disparities Service Learning Initiative
    Role: Principal Investigator

    FPRPA006018     (STEWART, MARY)Sep 30, 2005 - Sep 29, 2007
    US Department of Health & Human Services - Pass Through: University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Linking Family Planning Clients to Health Care
    Role: Principal Investigator

    #050641     (STEWART, MARY)Apr 1, 2004 - Jun 30, 2006
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Arkansas Southern Rural Access Program
    Role: Principal Investigator

    58-6251-3-018     (RACZYNSKI, JAMES)Sep 1, 2003 - Aug 31, 2008
    US Department of Agriculture
    Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative
    Role: Co-Investigator

    D60RH00473     (STEWART, MARY)Sep 1, 2002 - Jan 31, 2008
    Health Resources & Services Administration - Pass Through: Mid-Delta Community Consortium
    Rural Health Outreach - Mississippi River Delta Initiative
    Role: Principal Investigator

    D04RH00473     (STEWART, MARY)Sep 1, 2002 - Aug 31, 2005
    Health Resources & Services Administration
    Rural Health Outreach - Mississippi River Delta Initiative
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Marshall SA, Allison MK, Stewart MK, Thompson ND, Archie DS. Highest Priority Health and Health Care Concerns of Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals in a Southern State. Transgend Health. 2018; 3(1):190-200. PMID: 30581992.
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    2. Stewart MK, Spencer N, Huff Davis A, Hart C, Boateng B. Developing and Piloting a Community Scientist Academy to Engage Communities and Patients in Research. J Clin Transl Sci. 2018 Apr; 2(2):73-78. PMID: 30294466.
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    3. Bryant-Moore K, Haynes T, Kuo DZ, Stewart MK, Yeary KHK, Smith J, Turner J, Ounpraseuth ST, Sullivan G, McCoy S, Hudson B, Harris K. Lessons learned from using an audience response system in a community setting for research data collection. Public Health Nurs. 2018 07; 35(4):353-359. PMID: 29566271.
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    4. Long CR, Stewart MK, McElfish PA. Health research participants are not receiving research results: a collaborative solution is needed. Trials. 2017 Oct 02; 18(1):449. PMID: 28969665.
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    5. Purvis RS, Abraham TH, Long CR, Stewart MK, Warmack TS, McElfish PA. Qualitative study of participants' perceptions and preferences regarding research dissemination. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2017 Apr-Jun; 8(2):69-74. PMID: 28949841.
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    6. Turner J, Smith J, Bryant K, Haynes T, Stewart MK, Kuo DZ, Harris K, McCoy S, Lovelady N, Sullivan G, Yeary KH. Community Building Community: The Distinct Benefits of Community Partners Building Other Communities' Capacity to Conduct Health Research. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2017; 11(1):81-86. PMID: 28603154.
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    7. Stewart MK, Archie DS, Marshall SA, Allison MK, Robinson C. Transform Health Arkansas: A Transgender-Led Partnership Engaging Transgender/Non-Binary Arkansans in Defining Health Research Priorities. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2017; 11(4):427-439. PMID: 29332856.
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    8. Long CR, Stewart MK, Cunningham TV, Warmack TS, McElfish PA. Health research participants' preferences for receiving research results. Clin Trials. 2016 12; 13(6):582-591. PMID: 27562368.
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    9. Yeary KH, Ounpraseuth ST, Kuo DZ, Harris K, Stewart MK, Bryant K, Haynes T, Turner J, Smith J, McCoy S, Sullivan G. To what extent do community members' personal health beliefs and experiences impact what they consider to be important for their community-at-large? J Public Health (Oxf). 2016 09; 38(3):502-510. PMID: 26359314.
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    10. Stewart MK, Felix HC, Olson M, Cottoms N, Bachelder A, Smith J, Ford T, Dawson LC, Greene PG. Community Engagement in Health-Related Research: A Case Study of a Community-Linked Research Infrastructure, Jefferson County, Arkansas, 2011-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Jul 23; 12:E115. PMID: 26203813.
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    11. Felix HC, Seaberg B, Bursac Z, Thostenson J, Stewart MK. Why do patients keep coming back? Results of a readmitted patient survey. Soc Work Health Care. 2015; 54(1):1-15. PMID: 25588093.
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    12. Stewart MK, Felix HC, Cottoms N, Olson M, Shelby B, Huff A, Colley D, Sparks C, McKindra F. Capacity building for long-term community-academic health partnership outcomes. Int Public Health J. 2013 Jan-Mar; 5(1):115-128. PMID: 25750694.
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    13. Bronstein JM, Felix HC, Bursac Z, Stewart MK, Foushee HR, Klapow J. Providing general and preconception health care to low income women in family planning settings: perception of providers and clients. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Feb; 16(2):346-54. PMID: 21258961.
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    14. Felix HC, Mays GP, Stewart MK, Cottoms N, Olson M. The Care Span: Medicaid savings resulted when community health workers matched those with needs to home and community care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Jul; 30(7):1366-74. PMID: 21734212.
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    15. Felix HC, Bronstein J, Bursac Z, Stewart MK, Foushee HR, Klapow J. Referral and referral facilitation behavior of family planning providers for women with HIV infection in the southern United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Jul; 19(7):1385-91. PMID: 20509784.
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    16. Felix HC, Bronstein J, Bursac Z, Stewart MK, Foushee HR, Klapow J. Family planning provider referral, facilitation behavior, and patient follow-up for abnormal Pap smears. Public Health Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 124(5):733-44. PMID: 19753952.
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    17. Felix HC, Wheeler JG, Pulley L, Stewart MK, Bursac Z, Mays GP, Mackey DS. Making hospital grounds smoke-free: a case study of Arkansas Act 134 of 2005. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Mar-Apr; 15(2):E9-15. PMID: 19202404.
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    18. Stewart MK, Colley D, Huff A, Felix H, Shelby B, Strickland E, Redmond P, Evans M, Baker B, Stephens G, Nuss H, McCabe-Sellers B. Participatory development and implementation of a community research workshop: experiences from a community-based participatory research partnership. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2009; 3(2):165-78. PMID: 20208264.
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    19. Wheeler JG, Pulley L, Felix HC, Bursac Z, Siddiqui NJ, Stewart MK, Mays GP, Gauss CH. Impact of a smoke-free hospital campus policy on employee and consumer behavior. Public Health Rep. 2007 Nov-Dec; 122(6):744-52. PMID: 18051667.
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    20. Felix HC, Stewart MK, Bronstein J, Rickard DL, Bennett JL. Arkansas Medicaid Family Planning Waiver services: what physicians should know. J Ark Med Soc. 2007 Jun; 103(12):301-4. PMID: 17585711.
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    21. Felix HC, Stewart MK, Mays GP, Cottoms N, Olson MK, Sanderson H. Linking residents to long-term care services: first-year findings from the community connector program evaluation. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2007; 1(4):311-9. PMID: 20208211.
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    22. Stewart MK, Felix H, Dockter N, Perry DM, Morgan JR. Program and policy issues affecting home and community-based long-term care use: findings from a qualitative study. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2006; 25(3-4):107-27. PMID: 17062514.
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    23. Felix HC, Wootten EB, Stewart MK. The Arkansas Southern Rural Access Program: strategies for improving health care in rural areas of the state. J Ark Med Soc. 2005 Jun; 101(12):366-8. PMID: 15948505.
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    24. Felix H, Stewart MK. Health status in the Mississippi River Delta region. South Med J. 2005 Feb; 98(2):149-54. PMID: 15759943.
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    25. Felix HC, White M, McCullough HA, Morgan J, Stewart MK. Issues in assessing satisfaction: findings of the arkansas medicaid family planning demonstration waiver evaluation. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2004 Nov-Dec; 10(6):533-8. PMID: 15643377.
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    26. Stewart MK, Beachler M, Slayton D. Improving access to capital for health care infrastructure: the experience of the Southern Rural Access Program's revolving loan fund. J Rural Health. 2003; 19 Suppl:391-6. PMID: 14526523.
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    27. Stewart MK, Redford R, Poe K, Veach D, Hines R, Beachler M. The Arkansas River Valley Rural Health Cooperative: building a three-pronged approach to improved health and health care. J Rural Health. 2003; 19 Suppl:384-90. PMID: 14526522.
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    28. Felix H, Shepherd J, Stewart MK. Recruitment of rural health care providers: a regional recruiter strategy. J Rural Health. 2003; 19 Suppl:340-6. PMID: 14526517.
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    29. Stewart MK, Wojcik J, Felix H, Slayton D. Enhancing rural economic development: crafting a health care revolving loan fund. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2002 Nov; 13(4):425-42. PMID: 12407961.
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