UAMS Hosts Party With a Purpose in Prescott to Offer Free Health Services, Food, Music

By Linda Satter

General and mental health screenings; information on strokes, substance abuse, breast cancer and COVID-19; and testing for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV will be available from noon until 4 p.m. at The Gala Event Center at 122 E. Elm St.

Food trucks will provide free food for up to 250 people during the event, called Party with a Purpose.

Following the health fair, games and prizes will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m., also at the event center. An indoor blues concert will follow at the McRae gym at 1030 E. Fifth St. N. and will feature blues singer King South and R&B singers Tawanna Campbell, Paris Oates and Ken Lambert.

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Research and Education Division, which is hosting the health fair, also operates a Gap Services office at 117 E. Main St. in Prescott.

UAMS opened the Gap Services office in 2021 to provide free health services, as well as access to food, for residents of southwest Arkansas. It is operated by Berry Marks, a RED program manager.

A second Gap Services office was opened at 1609 E. Ash St. in McGehee the following year. The RED program manager at this location is Peggy Woodson.


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 main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and eight 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, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the Institute for Community Health Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 12,000 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 or Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.