The 12th Street Health and Wellness Center
Following the donation of the building near 12th and Cedar Streets, four blocks south of the campus, UAMS established the 12th Street Health and Wellness Center. We are a community-based, student-led, interprofessional health and wellness center that provides free health screenings and health management services for people in the community.
The 12th Street Center carries on the long tradition of community patient care established by the donors, Drs. Vicki and Karrol Fowlkes of Salem, Arkansas. Both alumni of the College of Pharmacy, who originally owned the building when it was Finnegan’s Pharmacy and later USA Drug.
Because the initial gift was made to the College of Pharmacy, Dean Stephanie F. Gardner led the initial effort to establish the 12th Street Center. Amy Franks, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Practice Department Chair, coordinated the first phase of development with Lanita White, Pharm.D. who served as founding director through 2018. In January 2019 Melissa Clark, Pharm.D., M.P.H. became director of the Center. With Dr. Clark’s leadership, the Center is now guided by a Community Advisory Board and a Student Board of Directors.
Under the supervision of licensed health care professionals, UAMS students provide health and wellness services, including disease and medication management, basic dental screenings, health screenings, education, and immunizations for the community.
To improve the health and wellness of the 12th Street neighborhood and surrounding communities
To improve access to healthcare through student-led interprofessional health and wellness services
The UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center will provide patient- and family-centered services to:
- Prevent and improve chronic health conditions
- Provide health- and disease-related education
- Promote health literacy
- Foster interprofessional education in a community setting
- Facilitate collaborative practice skills among future healthcare practitioners
- Promote respect for cultural differences