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Britni Ayers

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentNorthwest AR Research, College of Northwest Arkansas UAMS Campus
DivisionNorthwest AR Campus Research
Address1125 N. College Ave.
Mail Slot # 100
Fayetteville AR 72703
Phone479-713-8000
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    R21NR020677     (AYERS, BRITNI LEE)Sep 22, 2022 - Jul 31, 2024
    NIH
    Exploring the Preliminary Efficacy of Centering Pregnancy with Care Navigation to Reduce Maternal Health Disparities among Marshallese Women
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R21NR020677     (SELIG, JAMES P)Sep 22, 2022 - Jul 31, 2024
    NIH/Nat. Inst. of Nursing Research
    Exploring the Preliminary Efficacy of Centering Pregnancy with Care Navigation to Reduce Maternal Health Disparities among Marshallese Women
    Role: Principal Investigator

    P20GM109096     (STEWART, MARY K)Sep 1, 2021 - Jul 31, 2026
    NIH/Nat. Inst. of General Medical Sciences - Pass Through: Arkansas Children's Research Institute
    Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention (Community Engagement Core)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Sturgis FY19     (MCELFISH, PEARL ANNA A)Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
    UAMS Internal Research Awards
    Evaluation of the feasibility and effectiveness of Family DSMES in RMI
    Role: Principal Investigator

    SturgisFY19     (MCELFISH, PEARL ANNA A)Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
    UAMS Internal Research Awards
    Evaluation of the feasibility and effectiveness of Family DSMES in RMI
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Short E, Council SK, Bennett Milburn A, Ammerman A, Callaghan-Koru J, Mendoza Kabua P, Ayers BL. Assessing the acceptability and implementation feasibility of a culturally adapted parenting intervention for Marshallese mothers: A study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2024 Feb; 37:101240. PMID: 38261960.
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    2. Brown CC, Kuhn S, Stringfellow K, Moore JE, Ayers B. Association Between Mental Health Conditions at the Hospitalization for Birth and Postpartum Hospital Readmission. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 09; 32(9):982-991. PMID: 37327368.
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    3. Ayers BL, Eswaran H, CarlLee S, Reece S, Manning N, McElfish PA. Exploring the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of a culturally adapted group prenatal program, CenteringPregnancy, to reduce maternal and infant health disparities among Marshallese Pacific Islanders: A study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2023 Jun; 33:101127. PMID: 37091509.
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    4. Reece S, McElfish PA, Andersen JA, Ayers BL, Tiwari T, Willis DE, Rowland B, Norris JD, Beasley K, Mendoza Kabua P, Brown CC. Application Status Among Women Enrolled in a Healthy Start Program in Arkansas for the Special Nutrition Program for Women and Children. J Community Health. 2023 Aug; 48(4):724-730. PMID: 37000375.
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    5. Hallgren E, Moore R, Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Bryant-Smith G, DelNero P, McElfish PA. "It was kind of a nightmare, it really was:" financial toxicity among rural women cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2023 Mar 04. PMID: 36870038.
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    6. Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Callaghan-Koru J, Reece S, CarlLee S, Manning N, Langston K, Riklon S, McElfish PA. Marshallese Mothers' and Marshallese Maternal Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Life Planning Practices and Influences. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 02 23; 20(5). PMID: 36900960.
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    7. Purvis RS, Ayers BL, Rowland B, Moore R, Hallgren E, McElfish PA. "Life is hard": How the COVID-19 pandemic affected daily stressors of women. Dialogues Health. 2022 Dec; 1:100018. PMID: 36776415.
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    8. Ayers BL, Bogulski CA, Bennett-Milburn A, Fisher A, Netwon M, McElfish PA. Dietary Practices during Pregnancy in a Marshallese Community: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 05 24; 19(11). PMID: 35681944.
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    9. Bogulski CA, Willis DE, Williams CA, Ayers BL, Andersen JA, McElfish PA. Stressful life events and social support among pregnant Marshallese women. Matern Child Health J. 2022 Jun; 26(6):1194-1202. PMID: 35551586.
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    10. Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Bogulski CA, Reece S, CarlLee S, Kim Yeary KH, McElfish PA. "It's Okay With Our Culture but We're in a Different Place and We Have to Show Respect": Marshallese Migrants and Exclusive Breastfeeding Initiation. J Hum Lact. 2022 11; 38(4):732-739. PMID: 35337206.
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    11. Hallgren E, Ayers BL, Moore R, Purvis RS, McElfish PA, Maraboyina S, Bryant-Smith G. Facilitators and barriers to employment for rural women cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2023 10; 17(5):1338-1346. PMID: 35142993.
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    12. Ayers BL, Purvis RS, White A, CarlLee S, Andersen JA, Bogulski CA, McElfish PA. Best of Intentions: Influential Factors in Infant Feeding Intent among Marshallese Pregnant Women. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 02 03; 19(3). PMID: 35162763.
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    13. Purvis RS, Moore RA, Ayers BL, Felix HC, Riklon S, Andersen JA, Hudson JS, O'Connor G, Kelen M, Heely-Rolston LN, Shields X, McElfish PA. Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors and Barriers to Clinical Care During COVID-19 Pandemic for Marshallese Adults. Sci Diabetes Self Manag Care. 2022 02; 48(1):35-43. PMID: 35023402.
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    14. Ayers BL, Bogulski CA, Andersen JA, B?rsheim E, McElfish PA. Gestational weight gain influences, beliefs, and goals among Marshallese pregnant women in Arkansas: a mixed-methods analysis. Am J Transl Res. 2021; 13(12):13993-14004. PMID: 35035741.
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    15. Ayers BL, Bogulski CA, Haggard-Duff L, Selig JP, McElfish PA. A mixed-methods longitudinal study of Marshallese infant feeding beliefs and experiences in the United States: a study protocol. Int Breastfeed J. 2021 08 28; 16(1):64. PMID: 34454559.
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    16. Purvis RS, Ayers BL, Bogulski CA, Kaminicki KF, Haggard-Duff LK, Riklon LA, Iban A, Mejbon-Samuel R, Lakmis R, Riklon S, Thompson JW, McElfish PA. Multicomponent Informed Consent with Marshallese Participants. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2021 07; 16(3):144-153. PMID: 33780279.
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    17. Ayers BL, Bogulski CA, Haggard-Duff L, Andres A, B?rsheim E, McElfish PA. Documenting and characterising gestational weight gain beliefs and experiences among Marshallese pregnant women in Arkansas: a protocol for a longitudinal mixed-methods study. BMJ Open. 2020 09 29; 10(9):e037219. PMID: 32994238.
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    18. Long CR, Rowland B, McElfish PA, Ayers BL, Narcisse MR. Food Security Status of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the US: Analysis of a National Survey. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020 08; 52(8):788-795. PMID: 32184077.
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    19. McElfish PA, Ayers B, Riklon S, Selig JP, Yeary KH, Carleton A, Wilmoth R, Laukon F, Gittelsohn J, Netwon M, Long CR. Study protocol for a multilevel diabetes prevention program for Marshallese Pacific Islanders in faith-based organizations. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2020 Mar; 17:100528. PMID: 32025587.
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    20. Nembhard WN, Ayers BL, Collins RT, Shan X, Rabie NZ, Chang D, Robbins JM, McElfish PA. Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes Among Marshallese Women Living in the United States. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Nov; 23(11):1525-1535. PMID: 31228148.
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    21. Nembhard WN, McElfish PA, Ayers B, Collins RT, Shan X, Rabie NZ, Zarate YA, Maity S, Cen R, Robbins JA. Nuclear radiation and prevalence of structural birth defects among infants born to women from the Marshall Islands. Birth Defects Res. 2019 10 01; 111(16):1192-1204. PMID: 31313527.
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    22. Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Bing WI, Ritok M, Iban A, Capelle L, Hawley NL, Delafield R, McElfish PA. Maternal Health Beliefs, Perceptions, and Experiences in a U.S. Marshallese Community. J Transcult Nurs. 2020 03; 31(2):144-152. PMID: 31184295.
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    23. Hawley NL, Suss R, Cash HL, Aitaoto N, Samoa R, Ayers B, McElfish P. Diabetes Prevention and Care Programs in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands: Challenges, Innovation, and Recommendations for Effective Scale-Up. Curr Diab Rep. 2019 03 27; 19(5):24. PMID: 30919169.
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    24. Ayers BL, Shreve MD, Scott AL, Seaton VA, Johnson KV, Hawley NL, Rowland B, Moore R, McElfish PA. Social and economic influences on infant and child feeding practices in a Marshallese community. Public Health Nutr. 2019 06; 22(8):1461-1470. PMID: 30793680.
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    25. Johnson KV, Scott AL, Shreve M, Ayers BL, Seaton VS, McElfish PA. Marshallese Beliefs, Perceptions, and Practices Related to Child Feeding Among Marshallese in the United States: Implications for Childhood Obesity. Nutr Metab Insights. 2019; 12:1178638819827609. PMID: 30799933.
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    26. McElfish PA, Ayers BL, Felix HC, Long CR, Bursac Z, Kaholokula JK, Riklon S, Bing W, Iban A, Yeary KHK. How stakeholder engagement influenced a randomized comparative effectiveness trial testing two Diabetes Prevention Program interventions in a Marshallese Pacific Islander Community. J Transl Med. 2019 02 11; 17(1):42. PMID: 30744647.
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    27. McElfish PA, Yeary K, Sinclair IA, Steelman S, Esquivel MK, Aitaoto N, Kaholokula K, Purvis RS, Ayers BL. Best Practices for Community-Engaged Research with Pacific Islander Communities in the US and USAPI: A Scoping Review. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(4):1302-1330. PMID: 31680100.
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    28. Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Bing WI, Rubon-Chutaro J, Hawley NL, Delafield R, Adams IK, McElfish PA. Structural and Socio-cultural Barriers to Prenatal Care in a US Marshallese Community. Matern Child Health J. 2018 07; 22(7):1067-1076. PMID: 29470813.
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    29. McElfish PA, Moore R, Laelan M, Ayers BL. Using CBPR to address health disparities with the Marshallese community in Arkansas. Ann Hum Biol. 2018 May; 45(3):264-271. PMID: 29877159.
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    30. McElfish PA, Long CR, Kaholokula JK, Aitaoto N, Bursac Z, Capelle L, Laelan M, Bing WI, Riklon S, Rowland B, Ayers BL, Wilmoth RO, Langston KN, Schootman M, Selig JP, Yeary KHK. Design of a comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial testing a faith-based Diabetes Prevention Program (WORD DPP) vs. a Pacific culturally adapted Diabetes Prevention Program (PILI DPP) for Marshallese in the United States. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 May; 97(19):e0677. PMID: 29742712.
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    31. McElfish PA, Ayers BL, Purvis RS, Long CR, Sinclair K, Esquivel M, Steelman SC. Best practices for community-engaged participatory research with Pacific Islander communities in the USA and USAPI: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2018 01 24; 8(1):e019653. PMID: 29371285.
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    32. Ayers BL, Hawley NL, Purvis RS, Moore SJ, McElfish PA. Providers' perspectives of barriers experienced in maternal health care among Marshallese women. Women Birth. 2018 Oct; 31(5):e294-e301. PMID: 29126795.
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    33. McElfish PA, Long CR, Rowland B, Moore S, Wilmoth R, Ayers B. Improving Culturally Appropriate Care Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach: Evaluation of a Multicomponent Cultural Competency Training Program, Arkansas, 2015-2016. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 08 03; 14:E62. PMID: 28771402.
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    34. McElfish PA, Narcisse MR, Long CR, Ayers BL, Hawley NL, Aitaoto N, Riklon S, Su LJ, Ima SZ, Wilmoth RO, Schulz TK, Kadlubar S. Leveraging community-based participatory research capacity to recruit Pacific Islanders into a genetics study. J Community Genet. 2017 Oct; 8(4):283-291. PMID: 28689351.
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    35. Scott A, Shreve M, Ayers B, McElfish PA. Breast-feeding perceptions, beliefs and experiences of Marshallese migrants: an exploratory study. Public Health Nutr. 2016 11; 19(16):3007-3016. PMID: 27230629.
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