February 18, 2020

DFPM-RED Faculty Member Awarded R-21 NIH Grant

Taren Swindle

Dr. Taren Swindle of UAMS’ Dept of Family and Preventive Medicine, Research and Evaluation Division (DFPM-RED) was recently awarded her first R-21  grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. A brief description…

January 13, 2020

Project HEAL in the spotlight in Arkansas’ only statewide paper.

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UAMS DFPM-RED’s Project HEAL was featured in a story in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The project launched this year, in partnership with Little Rock nonprofit Better Community Development. The project is funded by a $2.5 million federal grant. Read the full article HERE.

January 10, 2020

Home-Visiting Support for Low-Birth-Weight Preterm Infants

UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) recently published the following report connected to DFPM-RED faculty member Dr. Lorraine McKelvey’s work with Arkansas Home Visiting Networks. Infants born preterm and with a Low Birth Weight (LBW) have a greater risk for long-term health issues than infants…

January 2, 2020

‘Stakeholder-Selected Strategies to Support Implementation of WISE’

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The UAMS Department of Dietetics and Nutrition will host this presentation featuring DFPM-RED faculty member Taren Swindle, Ph.D. on Thursday, Jan. 9. The presentation will discuss implementation strategies for DFPM-RED’s WISE, a project which models, teaches, and promotes healthy food attitudes in programs that serve children preschool to elementary.  

September 30, 2019

DFPM-RED’s TIPS team releases public Annual Report


The DFPM-RED TIPS team just finished their public-facing annual report today and are excited to share both the results and their new look! Two years into executing their new evaluation framework, TIPS is seeing impressive survey results and app use statistics that are providing evidence for TIPS’ effectiveness as well as opportunities for growth. Read…

WISE receives strongest recommendation from SNAP-ED

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You can now find DFPM-RED’s  WISE listed as a SNAP-Ed approved intervention on the SNAP-Ed website. WISE is listed as “research-tested” which is SNAP-ED’s strongest recommendation. See the WISE SNAP-Ed Toolkit page here. About the SNAP-Ed Toolkit: “The Interventions component of the SNAP-Ed Toolkit helps state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify and implement evidence-based obesity…

August 27, 2019

DFPM-RED Program Manager Highlighted for HIV Work

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UAMS College of Medicine Department of Family and Preventative Medicine Community Research Group program manager LaTunja Sockwell was recently featured The Little Rock Daily Record. The article entitled “Slaying the Dragon” highlights Sockwell’s work in HIV prevention and education and focuses on her motivations for championing this work at DFPM-RED. “I share my story because…

August 20, 2019

DFPM and COM Awarded $4.66 Million Grant from HRSA


HRSA, the Health Resources and Services Administration agency in the US Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a $4.66 million grant designed to increase the number of primary care physicians in underserved communities in Arkansas. The director of the project is Christopher T. Westfall MD, FACS (UAMS Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of…

August 16, 2019

Project HEAL Awarded $2.5 Million Grant from SAMHSA

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A team with DFPM-RED, others at UAMS, and Better Community Development. (BCD) (sub-recipient) will lead Project HEAL to expand and enhance treatment and recovery support services among African American (AA) adult men and women who reside in the Pulaski County area and are involved in the criminal justice system, have a substance use disorder (SUD)…

DFPM-RED Featured in Upcoming Research Showcase

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DFPM-RED will present two posters in UAMS Research’s upcoming Showcase of Medical Discoveries. The September showcase will focus on community-based research and both posters will feature DFPM-RED‘s work with HIV education and prevention in Arkansas. The showcase event will be held Wednesday, September 25th and DFPM-RED will present the following research-based posters: HIV Education among…

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