UAMS to Sponsor Interactive Workshop For Teens and Parents Nov. 11

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LITTLE ROCK — Teenagers and their parents are invited to attend an interactive workshop on issues concerning gangs, drugs and sexual assault from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


“Learn How to Cope” will be held in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health on the UAMS campus. Cost is $10 person or $15 for two people and includes lunch. Parking is available for $5 on the adjoining deck located at Markham Street and Hooper Drive. For information, call (501) 686-7263.


Speakers will include Steve Nawojczyk, nationally recognized gang researcher and educator, on “Gangs, Cliques, Posses and Crews.” Former Pulaski County coroner, Nawojczyk now serves in the Youth Services Division of the North Little Rock mayor’s office.


Other speakers will include Carla Jackson, R.N., director of the UAMS Sexual Assault Nurse Program; representatives from the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Association (ARORA) and Alcoholics Anonymous; and an Internet safety expert from the Saline County Police Department.


Workshop sponsors include the UAMS Sexual Assault Unit, Air-Evac Helicopter, Central Arkansas Emergency Nurses Association and ARORA.


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 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 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