Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

October 16, 2020

USDA, Climate Reality, Award Grants for Backyard Gardens and Adapting to Climate Change

David Robinson

Rachel Hale (top left), Community Engagement program manager at the UAMS Translational Research Institute, helped acquire grants for community gardens and energy efficiency projects. She is joined by other UAMS community garden volunteers (back row) Carissa Ansel, College of Public Health (COPH) student, Taylor Washington, COPH student, and Carolyn Greene, Ph.D. Front Row, COPH students Taylor McClanahan and Sarah Fountain.

A UAMS-community partnership has garnered two grants for community and backyard gardens and energy efficiency projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a one-year $100,000 grant for developing a network of gardens to improve access to local foods for low-income communities of color in central Arkansas. The grant will also fund education programs and initiatives…

October 15, 2020

Community Partners Gather to Address Health Disparities

Ashley McNatt

2020 CCPC

Building bridges and partnerships to eliminate rural health disparities was the focus Sept. 25 of the 2020 Community-Campus Partnership Conference. The conference, presented by UAMS, brought together virtually over 200 community leaders, students, researchers, health care workers and stakeholders to discuss strategies that enhance the development and sustainability of community-campus partnerships in an effort to…

October 8, 2020

UAMS Researchers Awarded $1.3 Million to Conduct SARS-CoV-2 Serological Study in Arkansas

Ashley McNatt

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Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have been awarded $1.3 million to study disparities in immune response to SARS-CoV-2, known as COVID-19, through serological testing in Arkansas. Serological testing measures a person’s immune response to an infection in the form of antibodies in the blood. The project will contribute to short-…

October 7, 2020

Faculty, Staff, Students Participate in College of Public Health Scholarly Writing Retreat

Ashley McNatt

COPH Writing Retreat

Researchers spent two days recently, distraction free, writing at the 2020 UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Scholarly Writing Retreat. The retreat provided an environment for researchers, students, faculty, post-docs, and community partners to come together and enhance their writing skills and dissemination of research findings. In particular, the retreat aimed to increase…

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


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

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…

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