March of Dimes Recognizes UAMS Faculty, Affiliates
At a banquet co-hosted by UAMS and ACH, the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (Arkansas Center) received the March of Dimes Mission Triangle Award. This year’s award presentation was a first for the March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter and was partially inspired by involvement of the Arkansas Center. “Their involvement in all aspects of our mission — communications, programs, and fundraising — is outstanding in every way,” said Martha Perry, state director of the Arkansas March of Dimes.
Established as a part of UAMS in 1997, the center works to reduce the prevalence of birth defects and has extensively involved the March of Dimes in its efforts. Veronica J. Smith, M.B.A., administrative director of research and operations at the Arkansas Center said, “We are honored to be the first recipient of the Mission Triangle Award.”
The Arkansas Center included March of Dimes on local media appearances featuring programs promoting folic acid supplements for the prevention of birth defects. The center has also implemented a folic acid campaign that includes the March of Dimes in educational programs held at ACH and UAMS during National Birth Defects Prevention Month, each January. In WalkAmerica 2001, the March of Dimes’ biggest fund-raiser, the center raised nearly $5,000 for the Little Rock Walk.
Other UAMS affiliates received grants and recognition at the awards luncheon, including the Northwest Arkansas Area Health Education Center (AHEC-NW) and University Affiliated Programs. UAMS Faculty involved in the program as speakers included Paul L. Hermonat, Ph.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UAMS, who recently received a $160,000 national research grant from the March of Dimes. Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., and Jonathan Bates, M.D., president/CEO of ACH also made presentations during the event.