Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

ACHI is a nonpartisan, independent health policy center that serves as a catalyst for improving the health of all Arkansans through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy, and collaborative program development.

ACHI has developed a COVID-19 Mythbusting explainer to address some of the most common falsehoods circulating about COVID-19. The explainer includes common myths related to masks and COVID-19 vaccines and discusses why these claims are false.

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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.

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently blocked the Biden administration's #COVID19 vaccine requirement for large businesses. ACHI Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Wessel explains what employers need to know on our blog:
In a conversation dominated by #COVID19, ACHI President and CEO @JoeThompsonMD discusses the state of the state in health care with @TBArkansas.
In our newsletter: All AR school districts in red, purple, or pink for high #COVID19 infection rates; how to request free at-home COVID tests and how to take them; #SurpriseMedicalBills banned; new guidance on insurance coverage for colonoscopies; & more.
Today we added information on taking an at-home #COVID19 test to our COVID page, including a video demonstration (courtesy of @ArkansasPBS' "Arkansas Week"). Visit the page and click on the tab labeled "How to Self-Test at Home."



COVID-19 booster shots and third doses are now available for certain individuals. This infographic shows who is eligible for each.

Employer Health Insurance Premiums

This infographic shows the average annual premiums for individuals with employer-sponsored health plans in Arkansas and surrounding states. Premiums are shown for two size categories: fewer than 50 employees (small firms) and 50 or more employees (medium-to-large firms).


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100 Arkansans

An initiative by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement to illustrate demographic and health statistics information for Arkansans.

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Act 1220 of 2003 made Arkansas the first state in the country to promote comprehensive measures to address the epidemic of childhood and adolescent obesity.

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The AHCPII is designed to improve on the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) system by rewarding physicians, hospitals, and other providers that deliver high-quality care in an optimally efficient manner.


In 2013, Arkansas opted to expand healthcare coverage to low-income adults earning below 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).