A recent study of child-feeding habits among Marshallese in Arkansas reveals a cultural reliance on white rice and other processed American foods. The exploratory study was conducted by three University of Arkansas nurse scholars, and it will be used in future interventions to lower chronic high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease among Marshallese migrants.
The only Marshallese language interpreter for the Arkansas courts system has stepped down after 13 years in the role. As the Arkansas Administrative Office of Courts Interpreter Services searches for new interpreters, an orientation session will be held Saturday at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. We learn more about what the job entails, and how interpreters serve the state's judicial system.
Hundreds of Marshallese children in northwest Arkansas now have college savings accounts. That's due to a collaborative program involving the University of Arkansas School of Social Work, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, state agencies and philanthropies. The Arkansas 529 GIFT College Investing Plan accounts are regulated by the Arkansas Treasurer's Office, which also has donated financial support.
The Weather Channel is producing a series of online climate impact reports from all 50 states titled the “United States of Climate Change.” So far, 33 states have submitted stories, including Arkansas. We learn how award-winning documentary producer Dale Carpenter collaborated with noted cartoonist Nate Powell on “Awaiting a Wave,” which profiles the beginnings of a Marshallese climate refugee crisis.