20Lighter Announces Poster Presentation of Arkansas Delta Region Pilot Study Data at ACC 2022
New clinical data shows 20Lighter’s cardiometabolic health program enables clinical risk factor, health and quality of life improvements in a pilot study of rural underserved African American women diagnosed with, or at high risk of, cardiovascular disease.
Little Rock, AR. – Mar. 31, 2022 — 20Lighter, LLC, a private company developing a unique, comprehensive telehealth program aimed at improving risk and burden of cardiovascular disease through reductions of modifiable clinical risk factors including visceral adiposity and chronic inflammation today announced a poster presentation at the 2022 American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting in Washington, DC, from April 2-4, 2022.
The poster presentation entitled “Addressing Obesity & Cardiometabolic Disease Disparities in The Arkansas Delta Region: Initial Engagement & Preliminary Data of the UAMS Lincoln Project” will be presented by the company’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jessica Barnes, PhD, who is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division of Cardiology.
“I am thrilled to be presenting this first look at engagement and clinical risk factor data, that, frankly, exceeded our expectations for the small pilot study. The women knocked it out of the park,” said Dr. Barnes, “and I believe over the next few years as we expand our efforts further into the Arkansas Delta, we will begin to change the perception of what is possible in traditionally challenging rural, underserved high risk patient populations”.
Key findings reported in the poster presentation highlight the potential of 20Lighter’s telehealth program to be effective in engaging with rural residents at high risk of cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality, the ability to impact health outcomes, and the value of community partnerships in providing the needed support systems for success of participants.
“The Arkansas Delta is an area with a vibrant culture but serious cardiovascular health disparities,” said Irion “Chip” Pursell, MPH, RN, BSN, who is the principal investigator of UAMS Heart Healthy Communities, formerly the UAMS Lincoln Project, and director of Cardiovascular Disease Primary Prevention in the UAMS Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology. Mr. Pursell is a co-author and will be presenting the poster with Dr. Barnes. He added, “this initial data is a first, important step in our larger goal of reducing the devastating effects of heart disease on the lives of people throughout the Delta and in other areas of the country with similar challenges”.
“Delta Circles is thrilled to play a small role in such a life-changing initiative. We are committed to engaging our community and creating a supportive environment to assist Black women in overcoming generational health disparities,” said Patricia Ashanti, CEO of Delta Circles, a Phillips County-based nonprofit serving the community of Helena-West Helena where the pilot study took place. Delta Circles and 20Lighter have partnered with UAMS Heart Healthy Communities to build broad and lasting relationships in Phillips County.
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards, and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit ACC.org.
About Delta Circles, Inc.
Delta Circles is a Phillips County nonprofit dedicated to supporting families to end poverty and challenging the way that Black women and their families think about themselves, their finances, health, and businesses. Since 2009, Delta Circles has been working in the Helena-West Helena community to implement a high-impact strategy that promotes economic equity and collaboration. Our goal is to confidently address the region’s current reality to create a preferred future for finances and entrepreneurship. With the belief that all citizens need opportunities to learn, and to be connected to a network of support systems, which may not always be easily accessible in rural communities, Delta Circles’ approach combines learning opportunities that foster self-sufficiency with mentorship, guidance, and navigation strategies to put its clients and their families on a pathway out of poverty and on to prosperity. For more information about Delta Circles, visit: www.Delta-Circles.org
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven 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, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.
About 20Lighter, LLC
20Lighter is a unique, comprehensive cardiometabolic telehealth program, delivered virtually over 2 months via smartphone. The program incorporates patented treatment algorithms providing a personalized approach to better cardiovascular and metabolic health. A multimodal approach enables patients to achieve clinically meaningful improvements of visceral adiposity and chronic inflammation, blood pressure, HbA1c, blood lipids, and CVD risk and health. 20Lighter clinical data has been presented at over two dozen international medical conferences, including the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific and Hypertension Sessions, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) the Liver Meeting, and is the subject of six peer-reviewed publications. For more information on 20Lighter’s work improving cardiovascular disease disparities, visit www.20Lighter.com/cvd
Jessica W. Barnes, PhD
CEO & Co-founder