Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

August 31, 2020

UAMS Study Finds Savings in Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Value-Based Primary Care Programs

Ashley McNatt

Clare Brown, Ph.D.

Overall health care costs decreased for patients at clinics participating in Arkansas Blue Cross and Shield value-based primary care programs, according to a study by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The study also found reductions in inpatient stays and use of emergency departments. The insurance company partnered with researchers at the UAMS…

August 5, 2020

UAMS Students Assist Homeless Shelters with COVID-19 Supplies

Ashley McNatt

Austin Larey and Ansley Scott

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, three of the top needs in Arkansas homeless shelters are hand sanitizer, masks and gloves, according to a recent Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health survey of 48 shelters. But not only did the students and faculty reach out to determine needs, they stepped up to work…

July 31, 2020

UAMS to Conduct COVID-19 Contact Tracing for Arkansas Colleges and Universities

Ashley McNatt

Contact Tracing

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and UAMS Northwest Regional Campus have been authorized by the Arkansas Department of Health to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing for public and private colleges and universities in Arkansas. The project is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of…

July 13, 2020

UAMS Researchers Find Insurance Status Affects Treatment, Outcomes in Child Brain Injuries

Amy Widner

Team of researchers

Insurance status affected the amount of treatment received and the patient’s chance of survival in cases of brain injury in children, a team of researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) found in a study that used nationwide data. The study was recently published in Critical Care Medicine. It was conducted by…

June 25, 2020

UAMS-Developed High-Accuracy COVID-19 Antibody Testing Begins in Arkansas

David Robinson

Karl Boehme, Ph.D., pipetting serum samples at his laminar flow biosafety cabinet.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed and begun using high-accuracy antibody testing to determine the magnitude of COVID-19 infection in Arkansas and inform the decisions of policymakers. As part of the research program, UAMS will collect blood samples from nearly 7,500 Arkansas adults and children through October. By…

June 2, 2020

College of Public Health Jumps into Action for COVID-19 Response

Ashley McNatt

Contact Tracing

June 2, 2020 | The UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health has established a contact tracing call center on the UAMS campus to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Contact tracing is how public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease. In this situation, if a person is confirmed to…

May 20, 2020

UAMS Medical Student Amy James Receives Prestigious Award from U.S. Public Health Service

Ashley McNatt

Amy James, M.D., M.P.H.

Amy James, a senior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)…

May 18, 2020

UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…

April 14, 2020

$765,789 Grant to Focus on Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities

David Robinson

Mick Tilford, Ph.D., and Jonathan Bona, Ph.D., will lead the T32 Training Program.

LITTLE ROCK — A five-year, $765,789 grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ((UAMS) will support teaching graduate students advanced analytics to address racial and ethnic health disparities. The grant, from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), establishes the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities T32 Pre-doctoral Research Training Program….

March 3, 2020

E-Cigarette Expert Warns of Health Issues, Advocates Flavor Ban

Ashley McNatt


E-cigarettes are likely bad for human health and state and local governments should help prevent the spread of their use, especially among young people, by adopting bans on flavored nicotine products. That was the takeaway message from Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., a tobacco control  researcher and the featured speaker Feb. 13 at the UAMS Winthrop P….

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