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

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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’…

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’

Windy WISE

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

LaTunja Sockwell Image

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…

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