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A-State Study Looks at Vaccine Hesitancy

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Arkansas State University has received a $32,042 grant for a research project aimed at better understanding vaccine hesitancy.

The money from the Arkansas Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help develop and pilot informational messages based on the initial findings.

The project’s co-primary investigators are assistant professor of public health Amanda Carpenter and assistant professor of political science Cameron Wimpy. The two will work with student ambassadors to circulate information aimed at reducing barriers and challenges to vaccine hesitancy among high-risk populations.

Carpenter and Wimpy aren’t the only ones in Arkansas studying vaccine hesitancy. UAMS College of Pharmacy professor Geoffrey Curran in November was named a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded project aimed at addressing the issue in rural areas. The project has received $1.8 million in funding over three years.

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