Community Health and Research

February 27, 2024

UAMS Establishes Institute for Community Health Innovation

David Wise

Pearl McElfish, director of the UAMS Institute of Community Health Innovation, announces the establishment of the institute during a UAMS town hall.

UAMS announced Feb. 27 the establishment of its eighth institute, the UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation, effective March 1.

February 26, 2024

Debunking Fad Diets: Signs your diet is doing more harm than good

David Wise

Woman looking thoughtful while eating

By Sheldon Riklon, M.D. For those looking to improve their health, fad diets are often a tempting solution. While these trendy eating plans may promise fast results, they often fail to deliver sustainable benefits. Overall, fad diets may not be the best approach for long-term health. Most fad diets are restrictive, meaning they require you…

February 12, 2024

UAMS Researchers Working with Schools to Improve Nutrition, Meal Participation

David Wise

A lunchroom kitchen worker in Farmington smiles and laughs while unpacking food.

FAYETTEVILLE — School districts in Arkansas can improve the health of their student body through nutritional interventions in the cafeteria, according to a study published by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health & Research. The study, Creating Healthy Environments for Schools: A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Nutrition in Arkansas…

January 31, 2024

UAMS Researchers Link HPV Vaccine Hesitancy to Lack of Accurate Information

David Wise

Needle pulling HPV vaccine from bottle

FAYETTEVILLE — Limited or inaccurate information about the HPV vaccine has created apprehension among Arkansas parents to vaccinate their children against the virus, according to researchers in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health & Research. Researchers noted that increased efforts in health care providers’ offices to provide education about…

January 26, 2024

The Mind-Heart Connection: How Emotional Wellness Can Affect Your Heart

David Wise

Cartoon heart and brain walking hand-in-hand

By Sheldon Riklon, M.D. Let’s talk about something we often overlook: the connection between mental health and our hearts. They actually influence each other in ways we’re only just starting to understand. It turns out the connection between the heart and the mind is a two-way street. When we’re stressed or anxious, it can mess…

January 16, 2024

WIC Use Decreased During and After COVID-19

David Wise

Woman picking out fresh vegetables in a market

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) found significant declines in WIC participation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers — led by student-researcher and UAMS College of Medicine student Savannah Busch — measured changes in…

January 3, 2024

New Year, New Habits: Tips for Success

David Wise

Note pad that says "New Year: Goal, Plan, Action

By Sheldon Riklon, M.D., UAMS Family Medicine Physician and Faculty at UAMS Office of Community Health & Research It’s that time again when many of us are thinking about the things we want to accomplish over the next year. The new year is a great opportunity to think about our wellness goals and commit to…

December 7, 2023

Holiday Blues? You’re Not Alone.

David Wise

Woman holding her head in her hands

Sheldon Riklon, M.D., UAMS Family Medicine Physician For many people, the holidays are a time of joy and connection. However, the holiday season can be hard for others, especially those struggling with their mental health. In fact, about two-thirds of people with mental illness say the holidays make their conditions worse. Increased stress, disruption to…

UAMS Partners with Local Institutions to Provide Lactation Spaces for Breastfeeding Mothers

David Wise

A lactation pod at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale

FAYETTEVILLE — Working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health & Research, the Jones Center for Families, Arkansas Legal Aid, the Center for Nonprofits at the JTL Shop and the Springdale Library each recently installed new spaces for nursing mothers to comfortably breastfeed or pump breast milk. “The creation…

November 30, 2023

Marshallese Art Mural Highlights Pacific Islander Culture in Downtown Springdale

David Wise

Artist Helmar Anitok talks about his mural during the unveiling in downtown Springdale.

A new mural celebrating Marshallese culture was unveiled in downtown Springdale Nov. 16, thanks to a collaborative effort between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health & Research, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM), and the Downtown Springdale Alliance. UAMS and ACOM reached out to local Marshallese artist Helmar Anitok earlier…

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