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

By Marty Trieschmann

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

Johnson previously was executive director of Community Health and Well-Being at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. There, he led the community outreach programs Center for Children and Parents, Safe Kids, Community Health, Mobile Health and School Health. Johnson also oversaw the social work, medical interpreters, chaplaincy, and maltreatment and child abuse programs. He has more than 25 years of experience in health care and community service.

“Corey has extensive experience and passion for serving his community and building partnerships to ensure that 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 devotion to the community join our team.”

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


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