LITTLE ROCK — The Fifth Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Cancer Control Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will celebrate black history month with an event highlighting the importance of cancer screenings and education.
The Midsouth Summit Black Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. Admission is free. For information, call Kimberlyn Blann at (501) 526-7047.
The expo will feature free prostate cancer screenings for men who qualify, cancer health education, entertainment and more. Students from throughout Arkansas will compete in the championship round of the Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl during the event.
“The incidence of cancer deaths in the black community is alarming,” said Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the UAMS Cancer Control Program. “The expo is not just a fun family event, it also is designed to educate the public about how to reduce their cancer risk and live healthy lives.”
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.