South Central Telehealth Resource Center Welcomes New Assistant Director of Outreach, Joe Schaffner

For nearly 15 years, Joe has worked in the public health sector at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock Wastewater, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  At each of these organizations, Joe took advantage of numerous opportunities for growth and development in all areas under the outreach umbrella:  communications, public speaking, media, event coordination, coalition building, community engagement, and graphic design.

“We are thrilled to have Joe join UAMS and the South Central Telehealth Resource Center project,” says Dr. Hari Eswaran, Director of the SCTRC. “With his experience in outreach and community programs, I have no doubt he will bring new and creative ideas to the project.”

For his efforts, Joe has won three international awards and several local and national awards for a number of creative projects and public health programs.  Most recently, Joe co-authored and illustrated a book on the topic of hot car safety that earned an International Safety Media Award in Bangkok, Thailand.

He is currently responsible for building relationships, providing guidance, and promoting services as related to the South Central Telehealth Resource Center (SCTRC) and telehealth in general.  Joe also is responsible for the SCTRC’s social media strategies and other technical and creative writing projects.  Joe has two Bachelor of Art degrees and a Master in Public Administration degree from UALR.

According to Wendy Ross, Assistant Director for the SCTRC, “Joe has already started meeting with stakeholders to learn how we can better assist and build a more comprehensive repository of telehealth resources on our website at” 

Joe and his wife Jennifer have been married for 15 years and have three children together:  Jude, Jolie, and Jonah.

Welcome to the team, Joe!

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