/////UAMS Text About Health Effects of Iraq War to Accompany Exhibit in D.C.
UAMS Text About Health Effects of Iraq War to Accompany Exhibit in D.C. 2018-01-05T09:18:35+00:00

JULY 9, 2007 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health soon will have a national stage to help explain the many ways that war affects public health.


Information panels about the public health effects of war that were developed by the college to accompany a photo exhibit of the Iraq war at UAMS will be used when the exhibit arrives in Washington, D.C. this fall.


Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., who helped arrange for the unique photo exhibit of the war to appear at UAMS, also has been instrumental in getting the exhibit to Washington.


Stewart, associate professor of health policy and management, proposed the development of the informative text panels to accompany the photo exhibit, called “Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq.” Nancy Dockter, M.P.H., a research assistant in the Office of Community-Based Public Health in the College of Public Health, researched and wrote the panels with Stewart’s assistance. Co-sponsored by the College of Public Health and the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, the exhibit appeared for two weeks at UAMS in January and February.


Stewart, Dockter and John Coffin, board chairman of the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice and senior director of planned giving at UAMS, were the main organizers of the exhibit at UAMS and were assisted by many other volunteers.  


A recent conversation about the exhibit between Stewart and an American Public Health Association (APHA) official led the APHA to sponsor the exhibit, along with the College of Public Health’s text panels, during its annual meeting this November in Washington, D.C.


The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists.


The APHA also has accepted an abstract from Dockter and Stewart about the Unembedded exhibit for presentation during the conference. Dockter will present exit survey data summarizing viewers’ responses about the public health information and photographs.


““I’m proud of Kate’s and Nancy’s efforts in trying to educate people about the public health effects of war,” said College of Public Health Dean Jim Raczynski, Ph.D.


Stewart said she’s excited that the APHA has chosen to have the exhibit and to use the text panels, which the APHA will update. Stewart and Coffin are serving as advisers to those coordinating the exhibit in Washington.


The exhibit, organized by the Peace and Labor caucuses of the APHA, will be displayed Nov. 4-6 at the AFL-CIO headquarters, which is donating space for the exhibit. Raczynski will speak at the opening reception along with Kael Alford, one of the photographers, and senior representatives from APHA.