Johnson Named UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Executive Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

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Corey Johnson has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as executive director of community outreach and engagement.

September 20, 2021 | Corey Johnson has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as executive director of community outreach and engagement.

Johnson will work closely with Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., associate director for community outreach and engagement and vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, to lead community engagement efforts for the Cancer Institute. This includes a team of community-based cancer navigators throughout Arkansas. UAMS cancer navigators will provide cancer health education, preventive screenings, care coordination and survival programs for underserved communities.

Johnson previously served as executive director of Community Health and Well-Being at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. There he led the Center for Children and Parents, Safe Kids, Community Health, Mobile Health and School Health community programs. Johnson also oversaw social work, medical interpreting, pastoral care, and abuse and child abuse programs. He has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and community service.

“Corey has extensive experience and passion for serving his community and building partnerships to ensure all Arkansans receive the cancer prevention and care services they need to thrive,” said McElfish. “I’m thrilled to have someone with his level of expertise and commitment to the community joining our team.”

Johnson has a master’s degree in religion and divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. He is a Gulf War veteran, having served with the 1174th Transportation Company and combat support with the 1st Armored Division.

UAMS is the state’s only health science university, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a graduate school; Hopital; a main campus in Little Rock; a regional campus in Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville; a nationwide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation . UAMS includes UAMS Health, a state-wide health system that includes all of UAMS’ clinical businesses, including the hospital, regional clinics, and clinics it operates or staffs in partnership with other providers. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as Best Hospital for 2021-22; placed its Ear, Nose, and Throat program in the top 50 nationwide for its third year; and named five areas as high-performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement, and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS seventh in the nation on its list of the best employers for diversity. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% in the country on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only employer in Arkansas. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dentists. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who care for patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.


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