‘One Health Arkansas’ Conference Nov. 14 Promotes Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

By Yavonda Chase

The conference will take place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 12th floor of the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute at 501 Jack Stephens Drive. Parking is available in Parking Deck 3 at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

The cost to attend is $75 for those who preregister by Oct. 30. After that, on-site registration is available for $100. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Continuing education credits are available for the conference.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.onehealtharkansas.com or call (501) 661-7962.

“One Health provides a tremendously useful model to understand how human, animal, and environmental health outcomes are intertwined,” said Nate Smith, M.D., M.P.H., state health officer and director of the Arkansas Department of Health. “Efforts to utilize this model in Arkansas have largely been led by our veterinary sciences colleagues, but it is crucial that physicians, nurses, and pharmacists become more engaged with the One Health initiative, both within the state and on a national level.”

The One Health Initiative is a rapidly growing movement to forge collaborations between physicians, osteopaths, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and other scientific-health and environmentally related disciplines in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. More than 800 prominent scientists, physicians and veterinarians worldwide have endorsed the initiative.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.