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February 24, 2017:

Marshallese medical interpreter training is now available. UAMS and Aha Interpreting Solutions will offer medical interpreter training for six weeks, beginning March 18. Registration is required. To register, download and complete the application or contact Sarah Moore at For questions or information in Marshallese, contact Wanna Bing at Participants must be fluent in both English and Marshallese to complete the training.

Medical Interpreter Training


December 12, 2016:

The Office of Community Health and Research is launching an initiative to reduce sodium intake in Northwest Arkansas, thanks to a new grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click to read more:

UAMS Announces Sodium Reduction Initiative in Northwest Arkansas

November 1, 2016:

The Center for Pacific Islander Health is offering Manu O Kū training for Pacific Islander pastors in and around the northwest Arkansas region. Manu O Kū is a faith-based health and wellness training created for a Pacific Islander audience that can be implemented in a church setting. For more information about Manu O Kū, contact Betsy O’Connor at


October 4, 2016:

The Office of Community Health and Research is offering a special nutrition program in Spanish called “Eat the Best, Leave the Rest.” To learn more about these free classes, contact Carolina Vargas at


September 16, 2016:

Dr. Sheldon Riklon, M.D. invested as the inaugural recipient of the Peter O. Kohler Endowed Professor in Health Disparities. Dr. Kohler has served nearly 10 years as Vice Chancellor for UAMS Northwest campus and was instrumental in developing our Community Health and Research program here in northwest Arkansas. Dr. Riklon, a native of the Marshall Islands, divides his time between our community health programmatic work, the UAMS family medicine residency program, and direct patient care through the Community Clinic of Northwest Arkansas. Click to read more:

UAMS Invests Sheldon Riklon, M.D., in Kohler Professorship

September 9, 2016:

Dr. Pearl McElfish, Director of the Office of Community Health and Research, named Associate Vice Chancellor, Northwest Arkansas Region. She takes over for Dr. Peter Kohler, who will go into semi-retirement at the end of 2016. Dr. Kohler will continue to work with the Office of Community Health and Research on a part-time basis.

Kohler to Retire as Vice Chancellor of UAMS’ Northwest Arkansas Campus