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 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.

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.

Project HEAL Logo

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…

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