Monthly Archives: March 2015

Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum Conference: Prevention, Policy & Practice at Work: Advancing Million Hearts in Arkansas




Please note: Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council (ACDCC) will host the 2015 Chronic Disease Forum Conference on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Benton Event Center in Benton, Arkansas. Registration starts at 8:00 am. The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:15 PM.

The Chronic disease forum is a time for Continuing Education, Networking, Motivation, Rededication to Objectives and Fun. Registration is limited. The registration fee is $49.99. To register go to A limited number of scholarships will be available. Scholarship awardees will be expected to volunteer to assist event organizers before and after the forum.

2015 Chronic Disease Forum

UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by South Central Accreditation Program, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Application for credit with the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy has been made.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit has been made with the Arkansas State Medical Board for Respiratory Therapists.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit has been made with the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Long Term Care has been made.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for continuing education credit will be submitted to the Arkansas Dietetics Association.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for CHES (entry-level) / MCHES (advanced-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

For registration information contact: Trena Mitchell  501-603-5225

For more information about the forum and the Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council go to:



Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology





Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop . The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website. For more information, registration, and webcast please visit:    


March Meeting

Patient and Community Engagement: Of the people, by the people, and for the people

Do you regularly engage the people you serve in shaping your health literacy programs, practices, and policies?  Are the people that you engage representative of the populations you serve?  What strategies can be used to help you tailor your work to the health literacy needs of the clients you serve? Carla Sparks will discuss patient and community engagement principles, strategies, and practices to promote health literacy and promote learning and innovation within your organization overall.

 Carla Sparks, MPH Carla pic1is the Director of Patient Centered Initiatives and Community Engagement at the Center for Health Literacy (CHL) at UAMS. In this role, she works with UAMS Family Medical Centers to facilitate patient engagement, and on patient and community-based plain language field testing internally and for CHL clients such as the Arkansas Insurance Department, and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Formerly, as Community Liaison for the  UAMS College of Public Health, Office of Community-Based Public Health, she served as a college-wide resource supporting faculty, students, and communities in community-based public health and community-based participatory research activities, and was also an adjunct faculty member of the Health Policy and Management Department of the UAMS College of Public Health.

 Ms. Sparks received her BS in Mathematics from Philander Smith College of Little Rock, AR and her Master of Public Health from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Ms. Sparks has over 20 years experience in training and organization development through her work in the corporate/private sector. Through her work at UAMS, she has served on a campus-wide taskforce focused on reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, and as a leader and member of the Boards of several different nonprofit/community-based organizations. Ms. Sparks also has experience as an organization development consultant providing capacity building training and technical assistance on topics such as Board development, strategic planning, team-building, etc. to community-based organizations in the State.

 The meeting will be at the AR Department of Health in the Lab Training Room #2508. Video teleconferencing will be available, so please let me know if you need help with arrangements at [email protected].