Archived Programs

Breast Cancer Education and Navigation Program

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institutes’ Cancer Control Breast Cancer Education and Navigation Program will provide Arkansas women with accurate and up-to-date screening information about breast cancer early detection and treatment, which are available for all stages of the disease. The patient navigation staff will collaborate and identify primary care clinics, educate and navigate women at local/statewide health fairs and expos and each participating provider’s clinic. During this process, clinical breast exams will be eligible to all breast cancer candidates. Follow-up with each individual patient for further treatment options if needed will be completed based on specific results of the clinical breast exams. The program will be implemented in counties without certified mammography facilities in order to increase the proportion of screens provided for BreastCare eligible women and assure appropriate follow up for diagnostic evaluation and treatment is provided in a timely fashion. The breast cancer education and navigation program will also be conducted in targeted regions in the state (with high incidence/mortality and large populations of underserved, rural, and/or minority females), with plans to expand the program as additional funding and resources allow.

Prostate Cancer Education and Navigation Program

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institutes’ Cancer Control Prostate Cancer Patient Education, Screening and Navigation Program will provide Arkansas men in Jefferson and Phillips County with accurate and up-to-date screening information about prostate cancer early detection and treatment, which are available for all stages of the disease. Guest speakers, health professionals and prostate cancer survivors will attend all recruitment meetings and screening events. Men will be educated and assessed on their knowledge of prostate cancer prevention and screenings. The patient navigation staff will collaborate with community partners to recruit and screen 160 candidates by pre-registering men at four local churches in each county. A patient navigator will also follow-up with each individual patient for further treatment options if needed.

UAMS Medical Interpreter Training Program

Arkansas Minority Health Commission announced funding to UAMS Regional Programs Outreach Proposal in July 2008 . The Community-Based Medical Interpreter Training Program (MITP) will target training the staff and providers of the Community Health Centers, clinics, hospitals, local county health departments, migrant health centers, social service agencies and community lay-health workers in the counties of Calhoun, Union, Bradley, Ouachita, Hot Springs, Lafayette, Hempstead, and Deshawho will serve the Spanish-speaking clients.

The goal is to train 15 medical interpreter candidates through the UAMS “Beyond Communication Limits” program.  This program is a 48-hour curriculum, which will evaluate the proficiency, and medical terminology knowledge each candidate acquired through this training. As well as to train 20 non-medical interpreter (NMI) candidates who are bilingual staff members in a 16-hour curriculum through UAMS “Bridging the Gap & UAMS Practical Skills Course.”

Additional components were added in May 2009 to the MITP/NMI program, such as enhance PR and recruitment efforts for the medical administrators and other potential constituents, enhance and incorporate a community component for bilingual lay-health workers in the community, develop webcam interactive use, and evaluation component (measurable outcomes) or assessment needs.

If you are interested in this free opportunity, and live in or near the counties listed above, please contact the Director, Angelina Levitskaya, M. A., of Medical Interpreter Training Program at 501-686-6556.


AMHC Commemorates “National Minority Health Month” with Sponsorship Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the Arkansas Minority Health Commission offered an opportunity for community-based, non-profit organization to apply for up to $1000 in sponsorship of events planned during the Month of April, National Minority Health Month, that focus on health promotion and disease prevention in minority communities!

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission participated in a press conference Friday, April 9th at Arkansas Baptist College to commemorate National Public Health Week and National Minority Health Month.  Governor Mike Beebe signed a proclamation proclaiming April as Arkansas Minority Health Month.

Recipients pictured below:

To view Minority Health Recipients Events (click here) MHM 2010 Sponsorship Events

January 19, 2010 Press Conference and Interview with Dr. Creshelle Nash of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission:

2009 Arkansas Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities Study II - PDF

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Dr. Eddie Ochoa, Black-Sanders, Patterson   AMHC Commissioners

Flowers, Sen. Steele   Dr. Nash


Study: Hispanics feel discriminated against in health care

Study: Hispanics Not Getting Equal Treatment

20% Of Hispanics In Arkansas Report Bias In Health Care Treatment, Study Finds

Creshelle Nash, M.D., MPH, Medical Director encourages minority Arkansans to get the 411 on more flu fighting, H1N1 tips

To hear more about the Flu and H1N1 tips from ED Trotter click here
Updated Arkansas Public School Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Clinics - PDF
Updated Mass Flu Clinic Sites - PDF
For information, please visit
H1N1/FLU A Guide for Community and Faith Based Organizations - PDF

AMHC is proud to be a part of the Summer Youth Internship Program.

The Summer Youth Internship Program, funded by the City of Little Rock, is a joint effort of the Department of Community Programs, Summer Jobs Association and New Futures for Youth to provide young people ages 16-21 the opportunity to work, and gain valuable job skills, life skills, and career and employability skills information such as:

  • A better understanding of the working world including available job markets and career opportunities.
  • First-hand knowledge of employer expectations; and learn what it takes to be a valuable employee that employers will keep and reward.
  • A good work ethic: time management, high productivity, a positive attitude, punctuality, and responsibility.
  • The chance to improve your future.

Meet our summer Interns:

Jennifer Marks

Jennifer Marks
(Summer Intern)

Samuel Taylor

Samuel Taylor
(Summer Intern)

Andre' Benard

Andre' Benard (Summer Intern)



Eating and Moving For Life

Eating and Moving for LifeThe Eating and Moving for Life project is designed to teach all minorities in Arkansas to eat better and to begin moving their bodies through a variety of suggested physical activities that are geared for their physical ability. The goal of this project is to prevent the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease among the minority populations.

  • AMHC has collaborated with The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service to execute the Eating and Moving for Life Program.
  • Our goal is for the minority Arkansans in the selected counties to adopt lifestyle practices that will reduce their risks for developing major chronic disease (hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases stroke, and cancer).
  • There will be 16 class sessions designed to educate and encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Each participant that completes 5 consecutive classes in a row receives a reward (t-shirt, water bottle, lunch bag, personal trainer booklet, pedometer, etc.)
  • Once the participants reach the end of their class sessions they will be presented with a graduation certificate.
  • AMHC believes that the success of this program will allow us to reach out to all the counties across the state of Arkansas.

Mississippi County-Blytheville, AR

Mississippi County-Blytheville, ARCurrently has 69 participants enrolled and this is also their first year in the program. Mississippi County recently had their kick off on October 23, 2003 and it was a great success. Trisha Bromsey is the program leader and she has significantly increase the enrollment from 6 to 69.





Sevier County-DeQueen, AR

Sevier County-DeQueen, ARSevier County-DeQueen, ARCurrently has 60 enrolled and this is their first year in the program. We have selected Sevier County to target the Hispanic population. Diana Luna is the program leader and the kick off date was September 19, 2003.

The celebration was begun by Terrie James, CEA Sevier County, Family and Consumer Sciences. Dick Tallman, Sevier County Judge, then welcomed the audience. Judy Smith, Director of the Minority Health Commission, presented The Focus on the Program. Alberta James, Associate District Director of the Ouachita District, explained the Cooperative Extension's Role. Many kinds of colorful and informative pamphlets in Spanish were available for the taking.

Medical Career Awareness Program

UAMS Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Northeast has partnered with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission to increase its efforts in guiding more minority students towards medical careers. AHEC will be providing three one-day workshops to Northeast Arkansas high school and college students interested in pursuing medical careers. These workshops will be located at three different locations and it is free to those students selected to participate in the program. The workshops will help students understand the options concerning health career programs and prerequisites as well as increase their knowledge of common health issues that affect minority populations.

To find out more information about enrolling in the program, please contact Sandra Lusby at (870) 219-7083.

Chronic Care Model into the Minority Care Clinic

Dr. Wynona Bryant-Williams, Executive Director, and Arkansas Minority Health Commission would like to announce funding to UAMS AHEC-SW Outreach Proposal “Chronic Care Model in the Minority Care Clinic” located in DeQueen, Arkansas.

This will allow the program to facilitate follow-up, access to health care education and services to meet the needs of the underserved/uninsured residents of DeQueen, AR.

This project is to enhance the Minority Care Clinic to establish a Chronic Care Model to address Diabetes, Hypertension, and Obesity among the Spanish residents of DeQueen.

The Director of UAMS AHEC-SW is William J. McIntyre, Pharm.D

The Project Director of UAMS AHEC-SW is Gary D. Miller, the Community Outreach & Education Director



Dr. Ian Smith and moving towards a Healthier State

Dr. Ian SmithThe Arkansas Minority Health Commission is partnering with the Governor's Office, Arkansas Aging Institute, State Farm Insurance and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company to bring Dr. Ian Smith for a luncheon on April 16, 2008 at 11:30am to the Embassy Suites, located on 11301 Financial Centre Parkway in Little Rock, AR. The purpose of Dr. Smith's visit is to promote Arkansas moving towards a healthier state.

Dr. Ian Smith is currently the medical/diet expert on VH1's highly-rated "Celebrity Fit Club," host of "Meet the Faith" on BET, and the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge. Dr. Smith is also the hosts of his own nationally syndicated radio show Health Watch on American Urban Radio Networks. He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for News Channel 4 where he filed reports for NBC's "Nightly News" and the "Today" show as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including "The View," "The Tyra Banks Show," "Larry King Live," and "Anderson Cooper 360." He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men's Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway.

This is a free event and space is limited, call the Arkansas Minority Health Commission today at 1-877-264-2826 to make your reservations and ask how to develop your "Fitness Teams" and other valuable information to becoming healthier. Get on board and join the 50 Million Pound Challenge.

Arkansas Aging Initiative - Donlald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Pfizer Great Seal of the State of ArkansasState Farm Insurance

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