UAMS and Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy Partner to Provide Community Health Worker in Izard County
| FAYETTEVILLE — Whitney Beard, of Calico Rock, was recently hired through a partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy to help Izard County residents navigate the health system.
As an Embedded Community Health Worker, Beard 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 Whitney to provide the people of Izard County with a new resource as we enter the next and hopefully final stage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stephanie Kruger, Director Community Programs Associate in the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research. “We are also excited to work with Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy and the community of Izard County as we work to create better health for all people in Arkansas.”
Beard previously worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) before joining Izard County Medical Center, where she worked in the center’s stroke awareness program while continuing her education to become a registered nurse. She has over 10 years of service to her community.
“It is an honor for me to serve as a Community Health Worker at Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy,” Beard said. “I can use my nursing education to help patients navigate the health care system, which can be confusing at times. I’m available to talk about your medications, answer your questions, or just talk about your concerns.
Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy is located at 526 Park St. in Calico Rock and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday. To contact Beard with health or vaccine-related questions, go to the pharmacy or call 870-297-8107.
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.
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