UAMS-sponsored Midsouth Summit Black Expo Celebrates Black History Month

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LITTLE ROCK — The  Fourth Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Cancer Control and Population Science Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will celebrate black history month with an event highlighting the importance of reducing cancer health disparities.  Admission is free.


The Midsouth Summit Black Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center and will feature cancer health education, information booths, entertainment and more. For information, call Kimberlyn Blann at (501) 526-7047.


“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 UAMS Cancer Control and Population Science Program. “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.”


Additional event sponsors include the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and Pulaski Technical College.


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 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 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. Visit