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5:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mexican Consulate And UAMS Provide Health Services To Latino Population

(L to R) Dean Jim Raczynski, Chancellor Dan Rahn, and Consul David Preciado
(L to R) Dean Jim Raczynski, Chancellor Dan Rahn, and Consul David Preciado
Credit Maggie Carroll

The Mexican government is providing a new source of funding to an ongoing collaboration between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock. It would provide health services to Mexican people living in Arkansas.

At Thursday's presentation, UAMS and Consulate officials explained how the money will be used. 

Each year over 30,000 people benefit from the UAMS health screenings and education programs provided at the local Mexican consulate. The $35,000 grant from the Mexican government will allow the "Ventanillas de Salud" program, created in 2010, to continue helping the growing group. 

Jim Raczynski, dean of the College of Public Health, and Dan Rahn, chancellor of UAMS, accepted a check from the Mexican government to continue funding the health services the program provides. 

With the newly awarded government funding, Ventanillas de Salud can continue to provide services such as flu vaccinations and cholesterol screenings.