Dr. Jessica Barnes joins Michelle Rathman for an episode of the Rural Matters podcast

Dr. Jessica Barnes joins Michelle Rathman for an episode of the Rural Matters podcast


Little Rock, AR. February 1, 2022

Dr. Jess Barnes, 20Lighter co-founder and CEO, and Irion “Chip” Pursell, the principal investigator of UAMS Heart Healthy Communities and director of Cardiovascular Disease Primary Prevention in the UAMS Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology join Michelle Rathman on the Rural Matters podcast.

On the podcast, Dr. Barnes and Mr. Pursell discussed the design, goals, and future of the UAMS Lincoln Project along with the 20Lighter’s role in addressing cardiovascular health disparities. The episode titled: “Improving Heart Health in Rural America with Dr. Jessica Barnes and Chip Pursell” was recorded in mid-January and posted to the podcast website today. Rural Matters is a biweekly, 30-minute podcast about rural education, business, and health focused on increasing awareness and expanding the dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders.

The episode can be found here.

About UAMS  

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 better health through clinically meaningful improvements of visceral adiposity, chronic inflammation, blood pressure, HbA1c, blood lipids, and CVD risk. 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 College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual 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



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Jessica W. Barnes, PhD
CEO & Co-founder