Haggard-Duff Named Director of In-Home Caregiver Training for UAMS Schmieding Center in Springdale

By Ben Boulden


Lauren Haggard-Duff

Haggard-Duff will oversee curriculum development and training focusing on in-home caregivers and families. She also will work with the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in further development of in-home training at the regional Centers on Aging.

“We are excited to have Lauren join UAMS and continue to develop the standard of the In-Home Caregiver training that began in 2001,” said Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative at the Reynolds Institute on Aging.

Haggard-Duff received her doctorate in nursing education from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

She has 17 years of bedside nursing experience and 12 years as a nurse educator. She is a nationally certified nurse educator through the National League of Nursing. She is a licensed registered nurse in Arkansas and was selected as one of the 40 under 40 nurses by the Arkansas Action Coalition Spring 2016.

Haggard-Duff is on the Board of Directors for the newly created Arkansas Center for Nursing and serves as the Leadership Committee chair. She is a member of the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, Arkansas Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Pi theta Chapter. She is an advocate for the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action’s Culture of Health initiative and also the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The UAMS Schmieding Center in Springdale, which began in 1999 as the first Center on Aging in Arkansas, is a program of the Reynolds Institute and its Arkansas Aging Initiative. Developed at the center, the caregiver training program offers three levels of certification for paid caregivers and two workshops for those who provide care to family members.

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging serves the needs of an aging generation with the highest standards of research and care. It was established through a 1997 gift of $28.8 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and expanded through a 2009 foundation gift of $33.4 million. Within the institute is the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI), created from part of Arkansas’ share of the Master Tobacco Settlement to improve the health of older Arkansans through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs, and to influence state and national health policy. The AAI created seven Centers on Aging throughout the state to provide senior adults access to quality care within a 60-mile drive from their homes. These centers offer the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program so older adults might have more opportunities to remain at home.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.