Pearl McElfish was named associate director of community outreach and engagement at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
McElfish’s position will involve creating a state-wide community network to support rural and minority communities for cancer prevention, education, navigation to treatment and survivorship.
She previously was vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville.
McElfish is the founder of the Office of Community Health and Research and the Center for Pacific Islander Health at UAMS.
Her research focuses on reducing health disparities among rural and minority communities. She also conducts methodological research related to the conducting community-based participatory research and dissemination of findings to community stakeholders.