UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation


July 18, 2024

UAMS to Provide Contraceptive Services, Education in 14 Rural Arkansas Counties

David Wise

A health care worker points to a pill in a contraceptive box while speaking with a patient.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will provide contraceptive services and reproductive health education to women living in rural Arkansas counties in an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and to improve access to women’s health care in Arkansas. Through a private philanthropic grant awarded to the UAMS Institute for Community Health…


June 26, 2024

Double Your Dollars Program Returns to Northwest Arkansas Farmers Markets

David Wise

Photos of farmers market produce

FAYETTEVILLE — Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SrFMNP), and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits can receive a dollar-for-dollar match on locally grown produce at select Northwest Arkansas farmers markets. This is the first year that the match program is available…


June 25, 2024

Traveling with a Breastfed Baby: Essential Tips for a Stress-Free Trip

News Staff

Woman and baby on a plane

By Philmar Mendoza Kabua, BSN Traveling with an infant can be tricky, but breastfeeding is a convenient way to feed your baby on the go. With a little planning, you and your little one can have a relaxing trip. Preparation Doctor’s Visit: Schedule a checkup with your baby’s pediatrician before your trip. Talk about your…


June 3, 2024

UAMS Researchers Find that Better Access to Physical Activity Could Provide Boost for Rural Cancer Survivors

David Wise

senior Hispanic couple walking and holding hands on sidewalk

FAYETTEVILLE — Cancer survivors in rural areas could benefit more from environmental opportunities to be active, according to researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Researchers at the UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation found that cancer survivors who lived in small- to medium-sized metropolitan areas that promoted walkability were more physically…


May 28, 2024

The Surprising Link Between Diabetes and Dementia

News Staff

Older couple checking blood sugar levels together on a couch

By Sheldon Riklon, M.D. Studies show that having diabetes can increase your risk of dementia. There are several ways that diabetes contributes to dementia. Abnormal blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and other chronic diseases associated with diabetes can damage your brain over time. Abnormal blood sugar levels can affect your memory. Stable blood sugar levels…


May 2, 2024

ARPQC Launches Website to Provide Information About Maternity Care Services, Initiatives

David Wise

A doctor and new mom with baby

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ARPQC), a partnership launched last year between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the Arkansas Department of Health and 34 birthing hospitals across the state, launched its new website recently, creating a hub for patients and health care providers alike to access pivotal information related…


April 30, 2024

UAMS Celebrates New Institute with Ribbon-Cutting in Springdale

David Wise

Members of the UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation and the Springdale Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon to celebrate the creation of UAMS' 8th institute.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) cut the ribbon today on the UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation, formally celebrating the establishment of UAMS’ eighth institution. Joining members of the institute at the celebration were the Springdale Chamber of Commerce and other local leaders. The UAMS Institute for Community Health Innovation…


April 29, 2024

Marshallese Women Who Move to U.S. Less Likely to Breastfeed, UAMS Researchers Find

David Wise

Marshallese woman holding baby

FAYETTEVILLE — Marshallese women who move to the United States may be less likely to exclusively breastfeed their children as they struggle to find appropriate education and support systems, according to researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Community Health Innovation. UAMS researchers found Marshallese women living in the U.S….


April 25, 2024

UAMS ‘Community of Practice’ Collaboration Receives $750,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation to Battle Hunger in NWA

David Wise

Soup kitchen staff serve food to food insecure people.

FAYETTEVILLE — Thanks to a $750,000 award from the Walmart Foundation, the Northwest Arkansas Food Insecurity Community of Practice will continue to develop strategies to reduce hunger in Northwest Arkansas over the next 18 months. The Community of Practice is a collaboration between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and more than 20…


April 19, 2024

Mind over Menopause — Managing mental health during a time of change

News Staff

A group of three women laughing in a park

By Philmar Mendoza Kabua, BSN May is Women’s Health Month and Mental Health Month, making it a great time to discuss an often overlooked but important topic: menopause. Menopause is a natural part of life, but it can cause significant changes in the body that can really affect a woman’s mental health. It’s important to…



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