October 29, 2020

Long-Time Family Medicine CME Conference Goes Virtual

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After 42 years of live CME/CE conferences, the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Community Health and Education Division hosted its first virtual conference Oct. 20 – 23 titled the 24th Annual Family Medicine Update with Tobacco and Disease Symposium. More than 150 healthcare providers joined the conference for up to 16 hours of CME/CE….


October 14, 2020

DFPM-RED HIV Team Partners with UAMS HealthNow

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RED’s HIV team will partner with UAMS HealthNow to offer a new digital health program for the prevention of HIV Infections.  The program will include telehealth access to screening, monitoring, and medication services focused on decreasing the impact of HIV. Read the full story here.


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

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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”

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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

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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…


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