The University of Central Arkansas Dietetic Internship Program is collaborating with the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention’s Growing Healthy Communities to provide health assessments in 20 Arkansas communities. Through the internship, students use critical thinking skills to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities in their selected communities. The information gathered by the interns will be presented after they complete their internship. The communities are invited to attend the presentation and have access to a copy of the student’s final report. The assessments provide communities with the opportunity to highlight strengths and provide strategies to improve other areas. Dr. Nina Roofe, Dietetic Internship Program Director, said, "It’s a "win-win" for our students as well as for ArCOP and the communities involved in the program." Ten interns are selected each academic year. Interns earn their post-baccalaureate degree and complete the dietetic internship in 15 months.

The current interns and their selected Growing Healthy Community are as follows:  

Rebecca Blaylock- Perry County

Angela Bradshaw- City of Batesville

Candace Casebier- Searcy County

Hayley Chappell- Woodruff County

Ashley Cornett- City of Conway

Alicia Courtway- City of Monticello

Caroline Fridell- City of Maumelle

Aubree Fry- City of Harrison

Amanda Gentry- City of Little Rock’s University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s University District

Robin Gipson- Saline County

Brenda Green- Monroe County

Chris Henson- City of Wooster

Mandy Hines- City of Little Rock’s South Main Street Community

Miranda Lytle- City of Hot Springs

Erick McCarthy- City of Greenbrier

TJ Mirji- City of North Little Rock

Lyndsay Myers- City of Bentonville

Rachel Sanders- City of Bryant

Daniela Utrera- City of Fayetteville

Erica Watson- City of Little Rock’s Arkansas People First Community