UAPB Minority Research Center to recognize grantees

mrc-subgrantsFriday, February 5th at 11 a.m. in UAPB’s Childress Hall, the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions will host a press conference to award grant funding to two organizations: University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Both recipients were selected based on their ability to gather preliminary data or demonstrate proof-of-principle for tobacco-related research with potential for high impact among minority populations in Arkansas. Each organization will receive $9,500 in grant funding. The grants were supported by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions, which is supported by the Arkansas Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program with Master Settlement Agreement dollars.

UCA’s project will focus on determining the prevalence, behavioral intent and perceived health risk of alternative smoking device use among Arkansas’ minority youth and young adult population. UAMS’ project will assess the effect of routinely asking minority pregnant women about their smoking status on the referral to the Arkansas Tobacco Quit Line. The principal investigators for the UCA and UAMS funded projects are Drs. Duston Drew Morris and Victor M. Cardneas, respectively.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability among adults, accounting for more deaths annually than the combined deaths due to alcohol, other drugs, homicide, suicide, motor vehicles accidents and sexual behavior. Nearly 5,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses in Arkansas each year,” commented Dr. Valandra German, Director of the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions.  “We are confident the novel research studies fielded by UCA and UAMS will assist in achieving the goal of eliminating smoking and tobacco disparities among minority populations in Arkansas.”

Photo and interview opportunities may be available on site. For more information, contact Earnette Sullivan at 870.730.1137 or

About the Minority Research Center on Tobacco & Addictions

The Minority Research Center’s mission is to provide assistance to the state and nation in tobacco and other substance abuse research, prevention, education, technical assistance and evaluation, especially in regard to minority populations (Blacks, Hispanics, Marshall Islanders, and Asians). MRC serves as a resource to the state of Arkansas and across the country to provide best practices and key learnings for eliminating the use of tobacco and other addictive substances within minority communities.


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