Current Programs

The UAMS Partners in Health Sciences (PIHS) program currently offers professional development-training opportunities in “Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lungs and Healthy Skin”.
 
To schedule a workshop or receive additional information about the workshops, please contact Rosemary Cornett at 501-603-1971 or via email at RMCornett@uams.edu
 
The “Healthy Hearts and Healthy Lungs” professional development workshop is for Pre-K teachers. This workshop is supported by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The goal of the “Healthy Hearts” and "Healthy Lungs" workshop is to train teachers in a healthy heart and lungs, health science and science literacy curriculum for the purpose of increasing the trainee's knowledge and understanding of the cardiopulmonary system and includes content on atherosclerosis, asthma, tobacco use, emphysema and lung cancer.  Each teacher will receive a “Resource Kit” which contains the following items: 1) Illustrated syllabus with laminated color images for use with students and a CD of PowerPoint images, 2) “Dissectible” plastic heart model, 3) Plastic model of an artery showing development of atherosclerosis, 4) A good stethoscope, 5) lung demonstration apparatus, 6) sponge lung smoking kit, 7) elastic band and 8) 6 contact hours of continuing education.
 
The “Healthy Lungs” professional development workshop is for middle school teachers. This workshop is supported by a grant from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition. The “Healthy Lungs” workshop is designed to increase the trainee’s knowledge and understanding of the pulmonary components of the cardiopulmonary system and its major diseases, lung cancer and emphysema. Each teacher will receive a “Resource Kit” which contains the following items: 1) Illustrated syllabus with laminated color images for use with students and a CD of PowerPoint images, 2) plastic lung model, 3) lung demonstration apparatus, 4) sponge lung smoking kit, 5) elastic band and 6) 3 contact hours of continuing education.

The "Healthy Skin" professional development workshop is for middle school/high school teachers.  This workshop is supported by a grant from the Arkansas Cancer Coalition.  The "Healthy Skin" workshop is designed to increase the trainee's knowledge and understanding of the basic functional anatomy of the skin, the damaging effects of unprotected exposure to UV radiation on the skin and the formation of the 3 major types of skin cancer.  Each teacher will receive a "Resource Kit" which contains the following items: 1) Illustrated syllabus with laminated color images for use with students and a CD of PowerPoint images, 2) plastic skin models, 3) skin cancer anatomical chart and 4) 3 contact hours of continuing education.
 
The workshops are presented by Bob Burns, Ph.D., Director of the PIHS program and Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
 
The following publications are in regards to the professional development training:
 
Burns, E.R. (2012) Healthy Lungs: Cancer Education for Middle School Teachers Using a "Train and Equip" Method. Journal of Cancer Education. 27:179-185.

Burns, E.R. (2008) Functional Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System: Professional Development for PreK-3 Teachers Using a “Train and Equip” Method Results in Learning Opportunities for Students. Anatomical Science Education 1:119-125.
 
Burns, E. R. (2008) Use of the Lance Armstrong Cancer Story to Teach Healthy Science Content to High School Students. The American Biology Teacher 70(1):17-22.
 
Burns, E.R. and Lindsey, M.S. 2004.  Cancer Education and Cancer Prevention Education for K-12 Students and Teachers. J. Cancer Education, 19(2):105-110.
 
Burns, E.R.  2002  Anatomy of a Successful K-12 Educational Outreach Program in the Health Sciences: Eleven Years Experience at One Medical Sciences Campus.  The Anatomical Record (New Anat.) 269:181-193.
 
Kirchner, J.E., M.C. Yoder, T.L. Kramer, M.S. Lindsey, and C.R. Thrush. 2000  Development of an Educational Program to Increase School Personnel’s Awareness About Child and Adolescent Depression.  Education Journal 121:235-246.

 
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