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Case Studies Highlight Innovative Efforts to Improve Arkansans’ Health

January 22, 2019

College Students

Author

John Lyon
Strategic Communications Manager
501-526-2244
jlyon@achi.net

 

Initiative Contact

Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy
501-526-2244
cwilson@achi.net

 

A “Health Literacy for Smart People” high school course in Fort Smith and a bicycle-sharing program at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia are among the innovative efforts to improve the health of Arkansans highlighted in our latest series of case studies.

The case studies focus on success stories discussed at five regional meetings of the Healthy Active Arkansas Statewide Learning Network organized by ACHI in 2018. The meetings were in Springdale, Mountain Home, Hot Springs, El Dorado, and Helena-West Helena.

With funding from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, ACHI launched the Statewide Learning Network in 2017 to promote the priorities of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Healthy Active Arkansas initiative, which provides a 10-year framework with phased goals to increase the percentage of Arkansans who are at a healthy weight.

More than 460 city and county officials, hospital executives, superintendents, college administrators, community advocates, and others have joined the network in its first two years. Network members have developed more than 175 action plans for making their communities healthier and more active places to live, work, and play.