Community Pediatrics emphasizes service to under-served populations including children with developmental disabilities and low-income, rural, children in foster care. This section in Pediatrics models collaborative services with partners in the central Arkansas region as well as rural Arkansas. We work with the Arkansas School for the Deaf and the Arkansas School for the Blind, as well as other agencies.
Community Pediatric faculty staff the Southwest Little Rock Community Clinic, which has a complement of bilingual staff members and provides primary care to the under-served population in the community.
Community Pediatrics is the home of the UAMS Head Start Program, one of only three Head Start programs in the country based in an academic health center. Launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school, Head Start in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11,000 children, birth to five, and their families in all 75 counties. The majority of the programs are administered by non-profit community-based agencies in center-based settings predominantly serving three- and four-year-olds.
In support of UAMS’s commitment to research, the Community Pediatric division collaborates with Children’s HealthWatch, a multi-site research program headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. This multi-site network of pediatricians and public health professionals continuously monitors the influence of public policy changes on the health and well-being of low-income babies and toddlers in the United States.