Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

July 2, 2019

Mark Williams, Ph.D., Named Dean of the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Ashley McNatt

Mark Williams

Mark Williams, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He succeeds founding Dean Jim Raczynski, Ph.D., who stepped down Dec. 31. Jay Gandy, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department, had served as interim dean….

June 21, 2019

UAMS Names Jay Gandy Associate Provost For Northwest Regional Campus

David Wise

Jay Gandy

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has named Jay Gandy, Ph.D., as associate provost at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus effective Aug. 1. As associate provost, Gandy will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to all academic programs in Northwest Arkansas. Gandy is currently the interim dean of…

June 13, 2019

Prevention Research Center holds Community Health Worker Basic Training

Ashley McNatt

CHW Training

Certificates were awarded to eight women who completed a basic community health worker training provided by the UAMS Arkansas Prevention Research Center along with the Arkansas Community Health Workers Association and Tri-County Rural Health. A community health worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has a close…

May 31, 2019

Pregnant Women Facing Housing Insecurity Receive Prenatal Education

Ashley McNatt

Motherhood Together

Certificates were awarded to six pregnant women facing housing insecurity who completed a healthy pregnancy and baby prenatal program May 21 provided by UAMS. The program, “Motherhood together: A Journey in Love,” was put on by faculty and students from the UAMS colleges of Public Health and Nursing. “We knew there was a need for…

May 20, 2019

UAMS Graduates 864 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Sharanda Williams (center), director of Academic Affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine, stands as marshal with students ready to receive their diplomas.

Degrees and certificates were awarded to 864 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 18 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Degrees were presented to 165 in the College of Medicine, 229 in the College of Nursing, 111 in the College of…

May 9, 2019

UAMS Establishes Center for Dietary Supplements Research

Ashley McNatt


A new center to provide regulatory agencies, industry and the public with credible information and assessments related to the safety of dietary supplements has been established by the colleges of Public Health and Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

May 6, 2019

Community Partners Gather to Address Health Disparities

Ashley McNatt

Valerie Yerger

The role of partnerships in research was emphasized April 26 at the Community Campus Partnership Conference to address health disparities held at Heifer International in Little Rock. The conference, presented by UAMS, brought together over 200 community leaders, students, educators, social workers, health care workers, researchers and stakeholders to discuss strategies that enhance the development…

April 23, 2019

Medicaid Expansion States See Decline in Low-Birth-Weight for Black Infants, UAMS Researchers Report in JAMA

Ashley McNatt

Brown & Tilford

LITTLE ROCK | States that expanded Medicaid showed a significant reduction in low-birth-weight and preterm births for black infants, but no significant difference in those rates overall, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) report in an article published today in JAMA. Since 1990, states have been required to provide Medicaid coverage…

November 13, 2018

UAMS, Our House Announce $2.5 Million Program to Provide Mental Health, Parenting Support for Mothers and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Liz Caldwell

Chancellor shaking hands with woman

A program to provide homeless and near homeless pregnant women and mothers with young children access to behavioral health services was announced today by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Our House, a Little Rock non-profit center serving homeless and near-homeless populations in central Arkansas. The Home Together project is funded with…

November 6, 2018

UAMS Researcher Awarded $350,000 Fellowship for Behavioral Health Telemedicine Pilot Study

Ben Boulden

Nick Zaller, Ph.D., recently received an Interdisciplinary Research Leader Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

UAMS researcher Nickolas Zaller, Ph.D., recently was awarded a three-year, $350,000 research fellowship for a new telehealth counseling pilot study in the West Memphis area for individuals on probation or parole who have behavioral health disorders.

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