LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas faith leaders, community leaders, students, educators, health care providers, social workers, and researchers are invited to the FAITH Network Summit to address health disparities in the state.


The summit will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Centre at University Park at Little Rock. Registration is free, but limited to the first 150 attendees, according to a news release.


The FAITH (Faith-Academic Initiatives for Transforming Health) Network will present the event. The network is a collaboration of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and faith organizations in Arkansas.


The theme of the summit is “Reimaging Wellness within the Faith Community.”


“The goal is for the faith community to have the opportunity to not only hear about what they can do as an individual, but also as organizations and a community to address health disparities,” said Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., R.N., team leader for the FAITH Network.


Bryant-Moore is also an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.


“The keynote speaker will be Krishna Young, Ph.D., who has many years of experience as a speaker, educator, professional trainer and advocate for the faith-based community,” according to the release. “She will discuss broadly and holistically about a new image of health and wellness in the faith community.”


“The FAITH Network seeks to help support research with faith-based community collaborators. They aim to deliver health programs and health education to faith communities across the state,” according to the release.


The summit is sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.


Collaborators on the conference are Baptist Health, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Department of Health.


UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state.


To register for the free conference, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-faith-network-2018-summit-registration-48130432419 to register.