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What They Are Saying: Boozman Secures Funding for Arkansas Priorities

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Arkansans applauded the leadership of U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Subcommittee, for delivering funds to advance Natural State priorities in the six appropriations bills the president signed into law Saturday.

Here are how investments secured by Boozman will help Arkansas:

Lyon College School of Oral Health and Dental Medicine: The school will receive $15 million to boost dental education in Arkansas.

“The appropriation supporting the creation of Arkansas’ first dental school is a game-changer for Lyon College and for the state. Championed by Senator Boozman, this funding will support the continuing development of the Lyon College School of Oral Health and Dental Medicine. As we continue to meet benchmarks in our accreditation process with the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) we anticipate admitting our first class of dental graduate students in fall 2025, enabling us to educate healthcare professionals from Arkansas for Arkansas and beyond. We are grateful for the partnership with Senator Boozman and his staff as we all continue to work to strengthen dental healthcare access and improve the quality of life for Arkansans.” – Lyon College President Melissa Taverner

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: The school will receive $15 million for a new nursing school building.

“On behalf of UAPB, I would like to express our gratitude to Senator Boozman for his commitment to this institution and to this region of the state. The significant funds he has brought to UAPB for this project will enable us to build a technologically advanced nursing school building that will strengthen the university’s role in addressing the nursing shortage and in developing and growing the health care workforce across our state.

The impact of the funding for this new innovative nursing school facility will be felt by the state for many years to come. Such a facility will attract quality students, faculty and staff, and it will enhance the overall quality of the student experience in the new learning environment. We appreciate the outstanding support Senator Boozman has given to our university.” – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Dr. Laurence Alexander

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS): The university will receive $20 million to support a rural Women and Infants Center to coordinate programs across the state for better health outcomes of mothers and babies, improve the Arkansas Milk Bank, enhance cancer screening technology and access in underserved areas, and advance digestive disease care.

“The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is grateful to Senator John Boozman for his unwavering support of our efforts to improve the health and well-being of Arkansans. The funding included in this legislation will increase cancer education and screening in rural areas, allow us to make needed repairs to the building that houses Arkansas’s only milk bank, implement a program to reduce our state’s distressingly high infant mortality rates and open a new GI clinic in the Freeway Medical Center that is dedicated to improving digestive disease care. These projects will make a difference in the health of many Arkansans, and we would not be able to bring them to fruition without Sen. Boozman’s stewardship.” – UAMS Chancellor and Health CEO Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA

University of Arkansas Rich Mountain: The school will receive $12 million for an Allied Health Building for instructional purposes, lab simulations and community health.

“UA Rich Mountain will use these funds to construct an allied health science building that will allow us to update and increase our programming in health-related degree programs such as nursing and paramedic. Further, we plan to provide new programming in occupational and physical therapy, and medical lab technology. These certificates and degrees will allow us to graduate more students to meet the healthcare needs of western Arkansas. We are forever grateful to Senator Boozman for recognizing this need and shepherding it through the Congress.” – Dr. Phillip Wilson, Chancellor at UA Rich Mountain

Northwest Technical Institute: The school will receive $10 million for a medical education building to accommodate allied health and nursing programs.

“Northwest Technical Institute extends its gratitude to Senator Boozman for his invaluable support of the construction of a new medical education facility on the NWTI campus. This new facility will allow NWTI to expand its capacity to train aspiring professionals in crucial medical disciplines such as nursing, surgical technology, sterile processing and other vital entry-level healthcare careers. This increase in graduates will go a long way in closing the workforce gap in the region’s medical industry. Senator Boozman’s dedication to funding the development of this essential facility is deeply appreciated by all of us at NWTI.” – Dr. Jim Rollins, President of NWTI

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home: The university will receive $6 million to expand its healthcare education facility to enhance the health care workforce.

“Mountain Home is a regional destination for world-class healthcare services. Securing these funds will allow for expanded and enhanced nursing and allied health education to serve the growing health services needs in north central Arkansas. We appreciate Senator Boozman’s vision and leadership as he continues to focus on improving the lives of Arkansans.” – ASU-Mountain Home Chancellor Bentley Wallace

University of Arkansas at Little Rock MidSOUTH: The program will receive $5 million to support the Arkansas Youth Drug Use Reduction program.

“Senator Boozman has engaged UA Little Rock’s MidSOUTH Center to tackle the opioid crisis in Arkansas with critical funding. This initiative will deploy targeted interventions to lower youth drug use, leveraging local data and fostering cooperation among law enforcement, educators and prevention specialists. The goal is to build community resilience and stem substance misuse at its roots. We appreciate Senator Boozman’s efforts to fund this vital program, underscoring a significant commitment to safeguarding Arkansas youth and reducing statewide substance misuse.” – UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale

City of North Little Rock: The city will receive $8 million for drainage improvements.

“North Little Rock’s economic development is expanding and will continue to grow as a result of funding for these projects. This will improve walkability for residents in the east part of the community including local neighborhood schools and improve drainage on East Bethany Road and Magnolia and Olive Streets in our downtown area. North Little Rock will now be able to continue enhancing infrastructure and attract new businesses throughout the city thanks to Senator Boozman’s leadership.” – Mayor Terry Hartwick

City of Heber Springs: The city will receive $4.7 million for stormwater improvements.

“These funds will allow the city to upgrade our wastewater treatment plant that was installed in 1983 without raising rates for our customers. We appreciate Senator Boozman’s leadership in supporting the needs of our community.” – Mayor Kasey Griffin

 

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