April 4, 2005 | “Empowering Arkansans to Live Stronger, Longer,” is the theme of this year’s Public Health Week, April 4-10.
The awareness campaign will focus on reducing barriers that keep older Arkansans from getting the health care and information they need. The week of events will include two lectures on the UAMS campus and a variety of other activities around the state.
Public Health Week will begin Monday, April 4, at 10 a.m. with a ceremony on the front steps of the state Capitol honoring the state’s Public Health Heroes. Gov. Mike Huckabee and Katharine Stewart, Ph.D., associate dean for student and academic affairs for the UAMS College of Public Health, will appear at the presentation. UAMS was named one of the state’s Public Health Heroes last year after smoking was banned on campus.
“The Arkansas Trails for Life Program,” a presentation by Bryan Day of
“The Health Benefits of Increasing Physical Activity Among Older Adults: Translating Research into Practice,” will be presented at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The lecture will be given by William J. Evans, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Exercise Laboratory in the Department of Geriatrics at UAMS and research scientist in the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Evans will be joined by Jennifer Dillaha, M.D., medical director of the Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging Program for the Arkansas Department of Health.
Public Health Week is sponsored by the
The UAMS College of Public Health (COPH) marked some major accomplishments in 2004, including:
The dedication of the environmentally-friendly
building to “the health and well-being of all Arkansans.” Collegeof Public Health
Accreditation from the Council on Education of Public Health.
Graduation of 11 students with masters of public health degrees, with two continuing into the doctor of public health program. Four Arkansas Department of Health community health nurses also received post-baccalaureate certificates.
Securing funding to establish an endowed chair in nutrition and obesity prevention.
Increasing the faculty to 221, with 38 faculty members holding primary appointments in the college.
Continued efforts by the Interdisciplinary Obesity Program and the Interdisciplinary Tobacco Program to develop a core group of investigators to focus on health promotion.
Rapid growth in student enrollment. In 2002, 43 students were enrolled in the inaugural class. In the fall class of 2004, the college enrolled 181 students – a 321 percent increase in student enrollment after only three years.
Increased outreach efforts, including a monthly column printed in the Arkansas Municipal League’s City & Town magazine to educate public officials on ways they can make their communities healthier.
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