Welcome to the Arkansas Rural Community Health (ARCH) study, formerly known as the Spit for the Cure. Recruitment efforts that began in 2007 resulted in the establishment of a large population-based cohort of women. Today, ARCH is a cohort of approximately 26,000 Arkansan women aged 18 through 95 from all 75 counties in the state.

What began as a breast cancer research study is now transitioning toward researching the health of rural communities. Our research is largely focused on rural populations and the unique challenges these communities face to maintain good health. For more detailed information about our current projects, please visit the Study Progress page.

ARCH is now under the direction of L. Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH. ARCH research will continue to be conducted at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Attention Participants: If you previously enrolled in the Spit for the Cure cohort, you are an important part of ARCH’s ongoing mission to improve the health of Arkansans. In order to continue our research efforts, it is important that you provide us with your updated contact information. Providing your updated information, just like your enrollment in the study itself, is completely voluntary and will not affect your medical care now or in the future. Please complete a short survey. Please know that your responses are secure and private. Responses will not be shared with commercial or other researchers outside of UAMS, unless explicitly agreed upon by the participant.

Arkansas Rural Community Health Spit for the Cure