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Grant furthers outreach to people with diabetes.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Walmart recognizes that treating diabetes patients sometimes extends beyond its pharmacy departments.

Earlier this year, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest in Fayetteville announced a $194,200 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support its ongoing effort to treat diabetes in the region's Marshallese community.

The funds will support operations of the UAMS North Street Clinic, which opened in November 2014 specifically to olfer diabetes testing and treatment for Marshallese patients. Some of the grant funding will enable UAMS to hire a registered nurse case manager for the clinic to better coordinate care for patients. The clinic, located on the Fayetteville campus, is staffed by UAMS Northwest faculty and student volunteers.

Northwest Arkansas is home to the largest population of Marshall Islanders in the continental United States, who experience a significant and disproportionate percentage of type 2 diabetes. The diabetes rate among the Marshallese is one of the highest of any population group in the world--affecting as many of 50% of those living in northwest Arkansas.

"UAMS is grateful for the support from the Walmart Foundation, allowing us to offer better and more efficient care for this vulnerable and underserved population," said Peter Kohler, vice chancellor for UAMS Northwest.

"The North Street Clinic also offers invaluable interprofessional educational experiences for UAMS Northwest students--providing patient care side by side with students from other programs."

The North Street Clinic offers health screenings, along with diabetes assessments and treatment, for Marshallese patients. Individuals who require specialized care are referred to such clinics as the UAMS Northwest Specialty Clinic, UAMS Family Medical Centers in Fayetteville or Springdale, or other community partners.

UAMS began its focused outreach effort in 2013 with the goal of addressing health disparities in the region, including high incidences of chronic disease in underserved populations. That effort gained momentum in 2014 when UAMS Northwest was awarded a $2.1 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study ways for teaching diabetes self-management skills in coordination with care provided through the North Street Clinic.

The UAMS Northwest team then received a three-year, $2.99 million grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to further focus on health disparities in both the Marshallese and Hispanic communities of Benton and Washington counties.

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Date:Aug 10, 2015
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