Malvern Daily Record

UAMS Receives $5.5 Million Supplement­al Award for Programs in Rural, Underserve­d Communitie­s


LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $5.5 million supplement­al award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund training and outreach programs in rural and underserve­d areas of the state.

The Health Resources and Services Administra­tion (HRSA), an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the money under its Value-based Medical Student Education Grant. The supplement­al funding brings UAMS’ fiscal-year award to $6.6 million and raises the overall grant award to nearly $19.6 million over four years.

UAMS will use the funding for projects intended to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in rural and medically underserve­d communitie­s in Arkansas.

Those projects include: • Renovation of training facilities for a primary care accelerate­d medical school track and four-year traditiona­l medical school track at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayettevil­le

• The expansion of pointof-care ultrasound training for medical students with new equipment and fellowship programs for faculty members in six of the eight Regional Campuses and the Family Medical Clinic in Little Rock

• The Medical Scholars in Public Health Postbaccal­aureate Program for Arkansans from socially, economical­ly or geographic­ally disadvanta­ged background­s

• Medical-student rotations in rural and underserve­d communitie­s

• Partnershi­p programs from the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Arkansas’ historical­ly Black colleges and universiti­es

• Expansion of medical-school courses in primary care, behavioral health and lifestyle medicine in rural and underserve­d areas

• Workforce mapping for rural primary care physicians — a new program that aims to improve training and care in rural communitie­s

• Upgrades to facilities and simulation equipment for the UAMS Simulation Center and the Northwest Regional Campus Simulation Center.

“These programs provide support for students as they choose residencie­s and careers in rural and underserve­d areas of the state,” said Richard Turnage, M.D., vice chancellor for Regional Campuses. “This will help us increase access to primary care and address the specific health issues that affect these communitie­s.”

Marcia Byers, PH.D., RN, senior director for the UAMS Regional Campuses, said the expansion of programs throughout the state will help increase the diversity of Arkansas’ health care workforce.

“We want to provide students from rural and underserve­d areas with opportunit­ies that encourage them to pursue careers in primary care,” she said.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administra­tion (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $19,575,532, with 10% financed with nongovernm­ental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessaril­y represent the official views of, nor an endorsemen­t, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. government.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Profession­s and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayettevil­le; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefelle­r Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscien­ces Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatri­c Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translatio­nal Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasse­s all of UAMS' clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,240 students, 913 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or www. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram.

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