September 18, 2020

Family Medicine Resident Wins Prestigious NIH Travel Grant, Sees Future in Health Policy

Alexa Martin

By Amy Widner COVID-19 really made Alexa Martin, M.D., a third-year resident in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, see the “big picture.” Thankfully, the last six months have also made her feel like she can tackle it, because of leadership experiences and educational opportunities she couldn’t have imagined before. “I think I was…


August 25, 2020

Husband and Wife Find Breastfeeding Worth the Effort

photo of Durham family

August 25, 2020 | Stacy Durham and her husband Clint had the birth of their son mapped out: a healthy baby delivered full-term who easily breastfed, a standard hospital stay and return home to their new nursery. But as Stacy describes it, “it just wasn’t in the cards.” Everything had gone smoothly during her pregnancy,…


August 10, 2020

$420,000 Gift Realizes Alumnus’ Longtime Wish to Support Education and Training of Family Physicians

Jack Steel, M.D.

By Benjamin Waldrum The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $420,000 gift from the estate of Jack T. Steele, M.D., to finalize the creation of the Jack T. Steele, M.D. Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine. Endowed chairs allow UAMS to recruit and retain top…


August 7, 2020

WISE study on “Pester Power”

Pic of child and adult selecting fresh tomato.

A new study from researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Louisiana Tech University highlights how children’s pester power may influence food consumption and habits at home. The study appears in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Press Release Article


July 27, 2020

UAMS Receives $2.5 Million CDC Grant to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Arkansas

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July 27, 2020 | The UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine has received $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a five-year project to increase colorectal cancer screening in Arkansas. Partnerships in Colorectal Cancer Screening in Arkansas is a project of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Community…


July 10, 2020

DFPM-RED Faculty Member Recognized by NIH

Taren Swindle

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has named Dr. Taren Swindle a 2020 Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar. Dr. Swindle Studies factors in early childcare and home environments that affect obesity. Co-Inventor of WISE, a prevention program for children under age 7, which has shown significant improvements in child and parents’ nutrition practices using principles…


July 2, 2020

New Faculty Member joins DFPM-RED

Dr. Kanna Lewis

Dr. Kanna Lewis has joined DFPM-RED as an Assistant Professor as of July 1. Dr. Lewis received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland and published five peer-reviewed manuscripts while pursuing her doctoral degree. She previously was employed at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she developed and implemented various term structure…


June 8, 2020

KATV Features New Resource for Parents During Covid-19

Young child in protective mask

DFPM-RED’s Dr. Nikki Edge recently appeared on KATV to talk about a new resource for early care and education professionals and the children and families they serve. New Health Department guidelines now require that teachers caring for young children wear masks. While this is important for health and safety reasons, it can be confusing and…


April 28, 2020

DFPM-RED Early Childhood Education Programs go online during pandemic

Much of DFPM-RED’s activity surrounding early childhood projects have met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by moving online.  Read the full story here.


March 9, 2020

CHE Staff Secures Large Donation for Prison Breastfeeding Program

Group holding Medela Sign

March 2, 2020 | Incarcerated women who are new breastfeeding moms at the J. Aaron Hawkins Sr. Center in Wrightsville, Arkansas, will have access to over 200 pounds of breastfeeding supplies recently donated by Medela, a leading manufacturer of breast pumps in the United States. The donation came about through UAMS’ partnership with the Hawkins’…


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