Congratulations to Dr. José R. Romero, Professor of Pediatrics and Arkansas Secretary of Health, on his latest international honor, the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. It is the highest award given to persons residing outside of Mexico. The name of the award comes from the Nahuatl word meaning “path,” alluding to the idea of opening a path for others. What an incredible and well-earned honor for Dr. Romero, who has provided stellar leadership during the pandemic through his recently completed term as Chair of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices as well as his ongoing leadership in Arkansas. The Ohtli Award honors individuals for aiding, empowering and positively affecting the lives of Mexican nationals in the United States and other countries. Thank you, Dr. Romero, for serving as a role model and ally for all.
Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Snowden, Associate Professor and Director of the Infectious Diseases Section in the Department of Pediatrics, on her selection and nomination by UAMS for the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University. Dr. Snowden’s work in many areas, including her co-leadership of the Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network, make her an exceptionally strong candidate for the highly competitive ELAM program.
ACRI (PI: Dr. Jessica Snowden) will be the hub of a 15-state collaborative of sites in the newly funded NIH RECOVER initiative. This new grant is estimated at $22 million (awaiting final budget) and is a great chance for people in primary care to get engaged in research. If you are interested in participating in this research at ACH, please contact Dr. Snowden for more information. This grant is part of the larger National Institutes of Health national population study efforts which has provided $470 million to build and support large-scale studies on the long -term effects of COVID-19. The NIH Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative made the parent award to New York University (NYU) Langone Health, New York City, which will make multiple sub-awards to more than 100 researchers at more than 30 institutions and serves as the RECOVER Clinical Science Core. This study supports new studies of COVID-19 survivors to understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on children and adults across the country.