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AAMC journal features UAMS program as model.

A program teaming the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and schools across the state was recently featured in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges as an effective method for reaching thousands of teachers and students about behavioral health issues.

Since 2001, Arkansas Partners in Behavioral Health Sciences has provided more than 30,000 hours of continuing education and information on substance abuse and mental illnesses common in children and adolescents to more than 5,000 teachers, counselors and students.

"Blending Education, Research and Service Missions: The Arkansas Model," an article documenting the results, appeared in the January 2007 issue of the AAMC journal Academic Medicine.

According to the article, 20 percent of children and adolescents nationally have emotional or behavioral problems, while 10 percent have a problem with substance abuse--all of which can significantly impact a student's ability to succeed. A survey of students in the North Little Rock School District in 2003-2004 reported that more than 25 percent felt so sad or hopeless for two weeks or more than they stopped doing their usual activities.

From 2001 through 2005, more than 2,700 Arkansas teachers, counselors and school employees participated in workshops or presentations as part of the PIBHS program. School personnel received information on topics including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities, depression, eating disorders and violence.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH CARE; Association of American Medical Colleges covers University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences program
Author:Henry, John
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 19, 2007
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