Raczynski, Prajapati, McCarthy, Governor Huckabee, Representative Bradford Inducted Into Delta Omega

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – James M. Raczynski, Ph.D., dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, was among those recently inducted into Delta Omega, the national honorary society for public health. 


Founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University, Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. It allows each of its 48 chapters to elect a limited number of new members each year.


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health Delta Omega chapter made its inductions during the May 20 convocation. The chapter elected one student, one faculty member, one alumnus and two honorary members.


Sarita Prajapati, M.D., M.P.H., was the student inductee. She received her Master of Public Health in May; she is also a fellow in Family Medicine.


Raczynski, dean since May 2002, was the faculty inductee, and Suzanne McCarthy, M.P.H., was the alumni inductee. McCarthy is the college’s first Master of Public Health graduate and a longtime employee at Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, the independent, nonpartisan organization established in 1998 by UAMS and the Division of Health of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services.


Election from all three groups is based on outstanding scholarship by the students, teaching and research by faculty members, and community service by alumni.


Delta Omega also inducted two honorary members: Gov. Mike Huckabee and state Rep. Jay Bradford. They were selected for their successful advocacy during their years of public service for the health and well-being of all Arkansans.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,300 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.