CPEARL Program

Community Partners Educated as Arkansas Research Leaders (CPEARL) Program

Community Meeting

The CPEARL program is a 1-year leadership development training program, beginning with a 6-week intensive, offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute (TRI) in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The CPEARL program targets leaders and emerging leaders within community-based organizations (CBOs) located in Arkansas. This program is designed to enhance research partnership and program development competencies within CBOs. Each of the five CBO’s selected will be given up to $2,500 in seed funding to implement a real-world project. Teams of two to three individuals per selected CBO will be invited to participate in the program. Academic, practice, and community experts will provide interactive didactic learning sessions during the 6-week intensive. Each team will also have a UAMS researcher assigned to mentor them throughout the year and the opportunity for one-on-one community consultations. This program is free and all trainings will be held in Little Rock, AR.

Award Priorities

The Translational Research Institute has a goal of reducing health disparities in Arkansas and a special focus on vulnerable populations underrepresented in research (i.e., racial or ethnic minorities, veterans, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and others that experience a disproportionate burden of poor health outcomes).

Program Requirements

To accomplish the goals of the program, the full participation of each individual selected is necessary. To successfully complete the Institute, participants must:

  • Develop and implement a project to ensure that there is a “real world deliverable” that builds organizational and community capacity. Examples of projects and a budget are provided in the Appendix.
  • Attend all sessions. In order to achieve maximum benefit, each CBO’s entire team is expected to attend each session and attend the presentation of their project during the conference at the end of the program. We anticipate that this program will be highly competitive, so please carefully consider your commitment before you apply.
  • Provide a brief 6-month and 1-year progress report for the project. Reporting requirements will be provided to selected applicants during training.


For questions, please contact Rachel Hale