UAMS-sponsored Midsouth Summit Black Expo Celebrates Black History Month with Health Screenings and More

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LITTLE ROCK — The Third Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) Cancer Control Outreach Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will celebrate Black History Month with health screenings, entertainment and more from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center.


“Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the black community,” said Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the ACRC Cancer Control Outreach Center. “This event gives us a fun, family-oriented atmosphere to educate the public about how to reduce their cancer risk and live long, healthy lives.”


Mammograms will be available to women age 40 and older who have insurance or qualify through the BreastCare program. Pre-registration is required by calling Kimberly Enoch at (501) 296-1501, Ext. 1869.


A dinner featuring keynote speaker state Sen. Tracey Steele is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. With the theme “Honoring Legislative Partners: Health Policy and Cancer Disparities,” the event will honor more than 20 state senators and representatives for their work to reduce the cancer burden among minorities and underserved populations. For information, contact Kim Blann at (501) 526-7047.


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 $5 billion a year. For more information, visit