UAMS Recognized by State Senate for Marshallese Work | UAMSHealth
March 8, 2017 | UAMS was recognized March 6 by the Arkansas State Senate for its work to address health care disparities in diabetes among the Marshallese population in northwest Arkansas. State Sen. Linda Chesterfield introduced the Senate Resolution commending Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus; Peter Kohler, Ph.D., former vice chancellor for the Northwest Regional Campus; and Mandy Ritok, a project manager, for creating and implementing the Family Model of Diabetes Self-Management Education to improve patient outcomes among the Marshallese population in northwest Arkansas. Mandy Ritok and Wanna Bing, project managers at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, were present to accept the resolution. The campus received a $2.1 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant in 2014 to study the Family Model. The program was designed by Kohler and McElfish with input from Marshallese community members, pastors, the