Rural Health Insights

Arkansas is a largely rural state by any measure. Over the last decade, rural areas in Arkansas have experienced dramatic out-migration, particularly of younger populations. This trend is leaving rural areas with older populations facing high health-risk burdens, low median family income, limited provider capacity, and a deteriorating acute care safety net. This page serves to provide information about the rural health landscape in our state.

Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award

ACHI’s Health Policy Board established the Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award in honor of the late Dr. Tom Bruce, a national leader in community health and a champion of rural health and health system improvement in Arkansas. The annual award honors an individual — or individuals — who embodies Dr. Bruce’s lifetime of service by demonstrating courageous leadership and a sustained record of being a catalyst for improving the health of all Arkansans, and who exemplifies ACHI’s core values of trust, commitment, innovation, and initiative.

BMI School and District Level Dashboard

The statewide analysis of BMI data collected in Arkansas’s public schools includes overall childhood obesity trends in Arkansas including weight classification percentages by school district, school, and grade. In addition to the statewide report, school and district-level aggregate data is available and may be used in the preparation of grant applications and other funding requests to secure support for a variety of interventions.

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