| FAYETTEVILLE — Lyndsie Koonce and Stephanie Bowlan were recently hired through a partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Medsker’s Pharmacy to help Lonoke County residents navigate the healthcare system.
As Embedded Community Health Workers, Koonce and Bowlan are 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 and information about vaccines. .
“We are thrilled to be working with Lyndsie and Stephanie to provide the people of Lonoke County with a new resource as we enter the next and hopefully final stage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stephanie Kruger, Associate Director of Community Programs. at the UAMS Office of Community Health and Research. “We are also excited to work with Medsker’s Pharmacy and the Lonoke County community as we work to create better health for all Arkansasians.”
The Medsker Pharmacy is located at 121 N. Court St. in Carlisle and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. To contact the pharmacy, Koonce, or Bowlan with health or vaccine-related questions, call 870-552-7837.
For more information about 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 the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. 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 or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube or Instagram.
UAMS’ Northwestern Regional Campus includes 288 medical, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions students, 64 medical and pharmacy residents, two sports medicine fellows, and 1,000 community faculty. The campus has nine clinics, including a student-run clinic and physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services. Professors conduct research to reduce health disparities.