Faith, Community Leaders Gather with UAMS Faculty, Students for FAITH Network Summit

UAMS faculty, staff, and students gathered Sept. 9 with faith leaders to discuss mental health issues, and strategies to address them, in Arkansas.

Arkansas FAITH (Faith-Academic Initiatives for Transforming Health) Network is a collaboration with UAMS and faith organizations in Arkansas which provides an infrastructure that supports faith-based research. Arkansas faith leaders, community leaders, students, educators, healthcare providers, social workers and researchers gathered with UAMS faculty, staff, and students during the afternoon Faith Network Summit, held at The Centre at University Park in Little Rock.

Sessions during the summit included The Faith Community’s Role in Mental Health, led by The Rev. Bill Burris, pastor at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, and director of forensic sciences at the Arkansas Department of Human Services-Division of Behavioral Health Services;  Connecting the Faith Community and Community Resources to Address Mental Health, led by Leatrice “Lea” Russ-Glenns, director of biblical counseling and support ministry, and dean of the Longley School of Biblical Studies at Longley Baptist Church; and Health Policy and Mental Health, led by Creshelle Nash, MD, MPH, medical director, Medi-Pak Advantage at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.