UAMS Telehealth Center Establishes Multi-State Advisory Council

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The Advisory Council of the South Central Telehealth Resource Center, newly established and composed of 18 members from Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana, will meet for the first time May 9. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health serves as the telehealth resource center for the south central region of the United States. 

“The purpose of the advisory board is to give us a feeling for the telehealth initiatives in each of the states as well as give us input on what they need from us as a telehealth resource center,” said Sarah Rhoads Kinder, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “Also, the advisory board will help us to spread the word about the resource center and the online modules we have for education.” 

In late 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration renewed grant funding for the center for $975,000 over three years. It funded it for the same amount starting in 2010 when it also designated the UAMS Center for Distance Health as a telehealth resource center. 

Representing Arkansas on the Advisory Council are Ray Hanley of Little Rock, president of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care; Katie Burns of Little Rock, government and regulatory affairs director for CenturyLink; Sip Mouden of Little Rock, CEO of Community Health Center; Luke Kramer, director of Birch Tree Communities in Benton; Jodiane Tritt of Little Rock, vice president of government relations for the Arkansas Hospital Association; and G. Bradley Schaefer, M.D., of Little Rock, chief of the UAMS Division of Genetics. 

Six members also serve from Tennessee and six from Mississippi. Members represent telecommunications, primary care associations, mental health services, academic and non-academic hospitals and rural health care organizations.

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