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| FAYETVILLE. Recently, a partnership between the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership hired four healthcare professionals to help people in Shikot County navigate the healthcare system.
Autumn Bridwell, Jana Kamal, Anna Ragland, and Ilin Talavera are in the public health community ready to answer basic public health questions and provide information and resources to the public.
“As community health workers, we help community members by connecting them to local resources related to healthcare, empowerment, and social justice,” Ragland said. “Our responsibility is to promote reliable and safe resources for all members of the community.”
Community health workers work in their communities to help the public get the care they need and answer basic health-related questions, such as when someone should see a doctor. They can also provide valuable information about vaccines.
“We are thrilled to be working with Autumn, Jana, Anna and Ilin to provide the people of Shikot County with a new resource as we enter the next and hopefully final phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stephanie Krueger, an attorney. Director of Community Programs, UAMS Office of Public Health and Research. “We are also excited to work with the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership and the Chicot County community as we work to improve health for all people in Arkansas.”
To contact Bridwell, email [email protected] or call 870-632-7299; to contact Kamal, email [email protected] or call 870-632-8751; to contact Ragland, email [email protected] or call 870-632-7299; and to contact Talavera, email [email protected] or call 870-632-8300.
For more information about the UAMS Community Health Worker project, visit the website http://nwa.uams.edu/chr/chw. For more information on COVID-19, including resources, mobile vaccination events, and education, visit www.uams.edu/covid.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a grant totaling $9,892,799, with 0 percent non-government funding.
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; postgraduate studies; hospital; main campus in Little Rock; the Northwest Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a network of regional campuses throughout the state; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stevens Institute of Spine and Neurology, the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Institute for Psychiatric Research, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute for Aging, the Institute for Translational Research, and the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. . UAMS includes UAMS Health, the state health care system that covers all of UAMS’ clinical businesses. UAMS is the only adult level 1 trauma center in the state. US News and World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as the best hospital for 2021-2022; ranked among the top 50 ear, nose and throat programs in the country for the third year in a row; and named five areas as the most effective: colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement, and stroke. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians, who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Virginia State Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
The Northwest Regional Campus of UAMS has 288 medical students, pharmacists, nurses, and healthcare professionals, 64 medical and pharmaceutical residents, two sports medicine fellows, and 1,000 local faculty. There are nine clinics on campus, including a student-led clinic, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. The faculty conducts research to reduce health inequalities. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.