UAMS Health 12th Street Health & Wellness Center Celebrates 10 Years, Holds Free Fall Festival Oct. 7

By News Staff

Located at 12th and Cedar Streets just south of UAMS’ main campus, the UAMS Health 12th Street Health & Wellness Center is a community-based, student-led, interprofessional clinic that provides free health screenings and health management services for people in the community. Students from UAMS’ five colleges and graduate school staff the free clinic, which opened in January 2013. Since then, the center has provided medical care to more than 7,000 patients who might otherwise not be able to afford necessary care. In 2022 alone, the center treated 800 individual patients and logged more than 59,000 volunteer hours from hundreds of students.

“We thought there was no better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary than with the community that we serve,” said Melissa Halverson, Pharm.D., MPH, director of the clinic. “I hope everyone will come out and see the services that our amazing students offer.”

Festival attendees can snack on popcorn and cotton candy as they peruse the booths, while children enjoy carnival games and a bounce house. Booths will include ones from local small businesses as well as ones for the clinic’s various specialty events — men’s health, women’s health, mental health, LGBTQ+ health, and muscular/orthopaedics.

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.