South Central Telehealth Resource Center at UAMS Receives $975,000 in Renewal of Grant Funding

By Ben Boulden

It marks the third time the HRSA administration has renewed its financial support since 2010 when it first supplied funding to establish the resource center, which serves the south central states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The resource center focuses on providing telehealth education and the interactions of health professionals via its website, The website features custom videos, course modules, podcasts, blogs and other resources designed specifically for health care professionals interested in creating or expanding the use of telemedicine within their practices.

The resource center develops each tool with subject-matter experts ranging from technical experts to health care specialists. Hands-on telehealth training also is conducted by the resource center at UAMS in the Adam D. Rule Center for Distance Health’s Training Center. The project is funded by the HRSA Office for the Advancement of Telehealth through the Telehealth Resource Center grant program.

“At the Telehealth Resource Center, we are very grateful for the renewed funding,” said Sarah Rhoads, Ph.D., the center’s director. “What is equally heartening is how this grant recognizes the value we are bringing to telehealth in the south central region, especially in teaching telehealth to underserved communities who are using it to get access to specialists beyond their local areas as well as other health professionals they otherwise couldn’t reach.”, has been a key tool in the center’s telehealth training. It is a widely used online resource to help organizations introduce, expand and improve their telehealth efforts. The website is specifically and uniquely designed for any clinician, administrator or technical associate seeking more expertise in telehealth.

Learn serves as a gateway for all visitors interested in using or expanding their efforts in clinical or educational telehealth.

In the past six years, the Telehealth Resource Center has served about 20,000 people through presentations and live training and developed more than 700 curriculum pieces from webinars, modules and conferences to videos, podcasts and other materials. Use of its website has grown from 2,032 users in the first year to 16,511 in its sixth year.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, 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 2,870 students, 799 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS and its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.