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Annual Meeting 2018

We’ll join the Florida Public Health Association for a joint annual meeting in the summer of 2018 in Orlando. Watch this site for more Information as available.

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CONWAY–The University of Central Arkansas and Conway Regional Health System announced their latest partnership today, which is aimed at addressing shortages in the numbers of registered nurses.


The Conway Regional Health Foundation is providing a total of $390,000, with $240,000 for student scholarships and $150,000 for faculty development and School of Nursing initiatives.


The “Partnership for Clinical Excellence,” or PCE, will award a $2,500 scholarship to an average of eight students in the UCA School of Nursing. Funds will be granted per semester for four semesters for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Nursing students will be admitted with the standard admissions requirements in the UCA School of Nursing. The university and Conway Regional will jointly select students for the PCE scholarships. PCE students must commit to working for Conway Regional for a minimum of two years after graduation and passing license requirements.


UCA will also receive support for nursing faculty development and School of Nursing initiatives through the Nursing Enhancement Fund, a $150,000 grant with $50,000 paid annually over three years.


Located across the street from UCA, Conway Regional Health System provides complete health care services to the growing communities of north Central Arkansas, centered on a 150-bed acute care medical center. The not-for-profit medical center serves patients with comprehensive care including cardiovascular surgery, neurospine surgery, orthopedic surgery and women’s services, among other services. Additional components of the health system include Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a home health agency, an all-digital outpatient imaging center, an outpatient surgery center, senior mental health services, eight primary care clinics, an after-hours clinic and one of the largest hospital-owned fitness centers in the nation. More than 1,800 babies were born last year at Conway Regional and the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Arkansas with more than 32,000 visits in 2017. Conway Regional is an independent health system governed by a local volunteer board and managed by CHI St. Vincent.  Learn more at

At the Mid-Year Meeting of the Governing Council in December 2017, individual membership dues were increased effective January 1, 2018. These increases are:
New Member 1YR  $22   2 YR $40
Individual                 27             50
Retiree                   12              20
Student                  12              20
There are no changes to the dues for Fellow or Affiliate members at this time.
Also there is a proposal to change the renewal date for all members to January of each year. This idea will be discussed and voted on at the 2018 Annual Meeting. 
Durward Collier, DDS, MPH, a SHA Past President and Life Member, died February 27, 2018 in Mt. Juliet, TN. Dr. Collier was one of the people instrumental in founding the SHA. He worked for the TN Department of Public Health for 35 years. His memorial service was March 3rd at First Baptist Church  Donelson, TN. 
Memorials may be made to: ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.tributes at
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