March 20, 2008

UAMS Conference Targets Expectant Moms and Young Families

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is hosting its first “Keys to a Happy, Healthy Family” conference for expectant mothers and families with young children.


The April 10 conference at the Little Rock River Market (west pavilion) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to the public. It is sponsored by the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology/ANGELS (Antenatal & Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System).


The conference will provide the latest information on child nutrition, breast feeding, mental health, smoking cessation, parenting skills, environmental hazards, car safety and domestic violence. Spanish-language interpreters will be available, and the event will include vendors with free samples and activities for families and children.


The conference is supported by a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant and a March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter Community Grant Award.


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