February 3, 2020

Latest News from AGEC

First Responder Online Dementia Training KARK Channel 4 (NBC) recently featured the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative in a video story about our recently-launched Online First Responder Dementia Training. You can check out KARK’s story about our online training, featuring interviews from UAMS Police Chief Barrentine and AGEC’s Laura Spradley, by clicking here. To learn more information or…

July 16, 2019

UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative Awarded $3.7 Million

UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative Awarded $3.7 Million by Health Resources and Services Administration

April 29, 2019

AGEC Geriatric Student Scholar – Samantha’s Blog

About this Blog:  AGEC Geriatric Student Scholars provide a first hand account of their experience as a Geriatric Student Scholar at the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative.  My name is Samantha Pennington, and I am a 2019 Geriatric Student Scholar for the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC). I am from the small town of…

January 4, 2019

Geriatric Student Scholars Selected for FY 2019

It is with great pleasure that the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) announces its 2019 selection for the Geriatric Student Scholars program – Samantha Pennington, a third-year College of Pharmacy student; Taylor Bennett, a third-year College of Medicine student, Holly Bennett, a second-year College of Health Professions student and Larreasha Adams from the College of…

October 25, 2018

Flu Vaccination Toolkit Aimed at Increasing Flu Vaccination Rates in Communities

by Heather Mercer Executive Director, ImmunizeAR   Last flu season was brutal. In Arkansas, 227 people died from influenza, including 171 adults who were 65 and older, and we had a record number of flu-related hospitalizations. Arkansans aren’t doing a great job getting flu vaccines. According to the CDC, only 46 percent of the general…

May 16, 2018

From the Director’s Desk

by Robin McAtee, PhD, RN, FACHE, Director, Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS The AGEC received news earlier this year that we might receive a 4th year of funding from HRSA without rewriting for the grant!  We are optimistic as a federal budget has been approved and the GWEPs are still included.  We now patiently await news…

November 14, 2017

Million Veteran Program: A Partnership with Veterans

  By Gretchen Gibson, DDS, MPH During this month of celebrating Veteran’s Day, it seemed appropriate to recognize another continued service of our Veterans, beyond their military time. The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a research program designed to better understand how genes affect health and illness. Data collected as part of the MVP will…

Occupational Therapy Student’s Poor Knowledge of Aging Demonstrates Need for Gerontological Literacy

by LaVona Traywick, PhD, University of Central Arkansas and Terry Griffin, PhD, Kansas State University Society as a whole is aging and there are not enough health care providers in any health related field, including Occupational Therapy, to meet the current or expected needs of the senior adult population (Eldercare Workforce Alliance, 2011). According to…

Health Literacy for Health Care Professionals

by Shanon Brantley, MCD, CCC-SLP, Arkansas State University Communication is a complex task. Communication between healthcare professionals and patients often increases this complexity due to reduced or poor health literacy skills of patients. Health literacy refers to “the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services they need to make…

November 13, 2017

2017 New Herpes Zoster Vaccine

by Ashley McPhee, PharmD Candidate and Lisa Hutchison, PharmD, MPH, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences  (UAMS) College of Pharmacy Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. The rash usually occurs on one side from the middle of the back toward the chest, but it can occur…

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