UAMS Opens 12th Street Wellness Center in Little Rock

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Friday marked the opening of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center, which will provide free health screenings and information to the nearby minority community.

The interdisciplinary center includes services by students and faculty across the UAMS colleges of pharmacy, medicine, public health, nursing, medicine and health professions.

The center will be run by students and provide preventive health care, particularly heart health, as well as consultations and screenings for chronic health conditions and information for healthy living.

"This effort signifies everything that UAMS is about," UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn said in a news release. "It brings together students and faculty from across campus and offers it directly where it’s needed most in the community.

"Our mission at UAMS is to make a difference in the delivery of health care to Arkansans, and this new center is an innovative bridge that enables us to do that."

The center, at 12th and Cedar streets in midtown Little Rock, is in a building formerly housing Finnegan’s Pharmacy and more recently leased by USA Drug. The property was donated to the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 2011 by Vicki and Karrol Fowlkes of Salem, both UAMS alumni.