Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health


November 15, 2021

UAMS Receives $18.9 Million NIH Award to Address Health Disparities

David Robinson

Members of the research team include, (back row, l-r) Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN, Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., Carol Cornell, Ph.D., Linda Luster and Christina Hamilton; (front) Elizabeth Taylor, Theresa Prewitt, Dr.P.H., and Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D. Pictured separately are, from top: Mark Williams, Ph.D., Chris Long, Ph.D., and Mignonne Guy, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University).

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $18.9 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support new research and interventions that will focus on reducing cancer and cardiovascular disease disparities among people who live in rural areas and African American populations across Arkansas. The five-year award from…


October 25, 2021

UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Receives $158,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Benjamin Waldrum

Workers with face masks

Funds Will Train 550 Employers and Workers in Pandemic Preparedness LITTLE ROCK — The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received a one-year grant for $156,800 to provide infectious disease pandemic preparedness training to 550 employers and workers across the state. The U.S. Department of…


October 22, 2021

Three UAMS Researchers Receive DART Seed Grants for Data Science Projects

Linda Satter

Tiffany Huitt and Kevin Phelan sit behind open computers that display some of the NOAA curriculum students will use.

Three researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – two in the College of Medicine and one in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health –  recently received seed grants from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology to increase Arkansas students’ knowledge about data science. The DART (Data…


October 7, 2021

Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., Invested in Inaugural Governor Sidney S. McMath Endowed Chair in Obesity Prevention

Benjamin Waldrum

Thomsen, Gardner, WIlliams and Phillip McMath

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., professor in the Health Policy and Management Department in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, was invested Oct. 6 in the inaugural Governor Sidney S. McMath Endowed Chair in Obesity Prevention. “To be entrusted with this endowment is the honor…


October 5, 2021

UAMS-Led Study Links Mental Health Conditions to Higher Costs, Severe Maternal Morbidity During Labor, Delivery

Benjamin Waldrum

Clare Brown

Women with mental health disorders are 50% more likely to experience a severe clinical condition while giving birth compared to women without a mental health disorder and have an average of $458 in additional costs per delivery, according to a study led by Clare Brown, Ph.D., MPH, at UAMS.


September 29, 2021

‘The Faith Community’s Response to COVID-19 in Arkansas’ Documentary to Premiere Oct. 7

Ben Boulden

LITTLE ROCK — The documentary, “The Faith Community’s Response to COVID-19 in Arkansas,” will premiere online at noon, Thursday, Oct. 7.


August 23, 2021

UAMS Researchers Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Create Phone App to Prevent Opioid Use Relapse

Tim Taylor

Andrew James, Ph.D., a neuroimaging scientist in UAMS’ Brain Imaging Research Center, seeks to understand how the reward systems of the brain change during recovery from opioid use disorder.

LITTLE ROCK — A team of UAMS research scientists has been awarded a five-year grant worth $2.5 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine if a cell phone application can reduce the relapse rate in people with opioid use disorder.


August 18, 2021

UAMS Researcher Establishes Scholarship for Sexual Health and Gender Equity

Ashley McNatt

Alex Marshall, Ph.D.

Alexandra Marshall, Ph.D., has gifted $50,000 to UAMS to establish the Marshall Scholarship for Sexual Health and Gender Equity in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.


July 27, 2021

UAMS Students Aid Efforts to Offer Covid-19 Vaccines to Emergency Department Patients

Linda Satter

Carly Eastin, M.D., left, patient Antonio Jackson and second-year medical students Cammie York, Beau Pennington and Luke Lefler.

An idea for increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Arkansas while providing an educational experience for University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) students has proven successful on both fronts.


July 20, 2021

UAMS Releases Findings from Statewide COVID-19 Antibody Study

David Robinson

A team at UAMS tested blood samples from July to December 2020 and found that by the end of the year, 7.4% of Arkansans had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

LITTLE ROCK — A statewide COVID-19 antibody study led by UAMS found that by the end of 2020, 7.4% of Arkansans had antibodies to the virus, but there were wide disparities among racial and ethnic groups. UAMS researchers released their findings this week to a public database, medRxiv (med archive).



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