February 5, 2010

UAMS-sponsored Midsouth Summit Black Expo Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 27

LITTLE ROCK — The  Sixth Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Cancer Control Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will celebrate black history month with an event highlighting the importance of cancer screenings and education.  

The expo is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road. Admission is free. For information, call UAMS Cancer Control at (800) 259-8794.

The expo will feature prostate cancer screenings for men age 40 and older who qualify and mammograms for women age 40 and older who qualify. For more information or to preregister for a screening, call (800) 259-8794.

Guests also can receive free cancer health education, watch live entertainment and more.

“UAMS’ Cancer Control Program works to make sure that all people in our state receive the preventive health care they need,” said Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the UAMS Cancer Control Program. “The expo is a way for families to spend time together and learn about ways to live healthier lives.”

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 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 the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 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. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.