Jonathan Blakley

Jonathan Blakley

School of Communication

Nancy Greer-Williams

Nancy Williams

2011 Alumni Academy Inductee

Dr. Greer-Williams was recently appointed to be Assistant Director for Research and Practice Improvement at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UAMS.  Dr. Greer Williams earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from WMU in 2004. In 2011, she received an  MPH in Public Health and a PCHC in Health Education & Promotion from Benedictine University. 

Dr. Greer-Williams’ career experience spans education, research and public health. In 2004 she became program director for the Howard University HUSEM program in Washington DC. The goal of this National Science Foundation program was the development of minority STEM majors to pursue graduate degrees.  In 2006, Dr. Greer-Williams became dean and assistant professor in the department of Human and Social Sciences at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR.

In 2008, Dr. Greer-Williams transitioned from higher education administration into a career focused on public health issues. Through a collaboration between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and University of Wisconsin (Madison) Dr. Greer-Williams completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a concentration on health disparities. The purpose of the fellowship was to study the complex relationship of obesity and metabolic syndrome and its effect on breast cancer mortality in African-American women. Mentored research activities involved developing educational interventions for minority residents of the Arkansas Delta region; to develop fundable pilot projects; and to investigate cancer health disparities in communities.  

Dr. Greer-Williams has presented her work at national and international conferences on the challenges of addressing health disparities. Her current research program involves the primary sub-populations of Southwest Arkansas and learning the cultural factors that impact health behavior. The goal is to develop a community health disparity model that can be adapted for each sub-population.
Integrating her past experience and present public health, Dr. Greer-Williams also continues to mentor and develop students in public health through the INBRE Scholars program.


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