UAMS and AFMC Partner to Provide Community Health Worker in Polk County
| FAYETTEVILLE — Alexandria Renault, of Mena, was recently hired through a partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) to help residents of the Polk County navigate the healthcare system.
As an integrated community health worker, Renault is available to answer basic health care questions and provide education and resources to the public. Community health workers work within their communities to help the public get the care they need and answer essential health care questions, such as when someone should see a doctor. They can also provide valuable information about vaccines.
“We are thrilled to be working with Alexandria to provide Polk County residents with a new resource as we enter the next and hopefully final stage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stephanie Kruger, Associate Director. community programs in the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research. “We are also excited to work with AFMC and the Polk County community as we work to create better health for all Arkansasians.”
Renault is passionate about helping others and has experience as a case investigator for patients with COVID-19 and as a coach and advisor in a healthcare setting. Renault is working on a master’s degree in public health, focusing on epidemiology, from the University of Arizona.
“Being a community health worker means getting resources — especially reliable information about health services and COVID-19 — for our community by meeting them where they are,” Renault said.
To contact Renault with health or vaccine-related questions, call 501-553-7656.
For more information on the UAMS Community Health Worker Project, visit nwa.uams.edu/chr/chw. For more information about COVID-19, including resources, mobile vaccination events and education, visit nwa.uams.edu/covid.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under an award totaling $9,892,799 with 0 percent funded by non-governmental sources.
UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical activities. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News and World Report Recognized UAMS Medical Center as Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its otolaryngology program among the top 50 nationally for the third year; and named five high performing areas – colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the largest public employer in the state with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu Where www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube Where instagram.
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