The purposeful structuring of ACHI as an independent entity with separate administrative and policy-decision bodies uniquely positions ACHI to serve as an unbiased convener. ACHI brings together diverse groups of stakeholders to accomplish a common goal in an evidence-based manner while providing for the transparent consideration of varied interests and positions.

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In addition to grants and contracts awarded to ACHI for specific projects, annual support for ACHI’s core areas of work is provided by four corporate sponsors:

  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

An Administrative Committee, composed of the chief administrators from each sponsoring organization, serves as a governing body distinct from ACHI’s Health Policy Board, which provides strategic direction and policy guidance.

Health Policy Board

ACHI’s Health Policy Board consists of 21 voting members (and two ex-officio members) from across the state who bring diverse perspectives and interests on health. This independent, self-perpetuating board identifies and establishes strategic priorities, provides direction and guidance, and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas. The Health Policy Board guides ACHI’s involvement in and position on specific policy matters, and it issues position statements that articulate the health needs of Arkansans.

2021 Health Policy Board

  • Jerry Adams, President & CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance
  • Chris B. Barber, FACHE, President & CEO, St. Bernards Healthcare
  • Lawrence “Larry” Braden, MD, Family Medicine, Ouachita Valley Family Clinic
  • Sandra J. Brown, MPH, MSN, RN, CEO, Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc.
  • Rick Elumbaugh, Mayor, City of Batesville
  • Joe Fox, MBA, President, CBI Investments
  • Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, UAMS Academic Affairs
  • Ray Hanley, President & CEO, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
  • Don Hollingsworth, JD, Retired Executive Director, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Andrew Kumpuris, MD (Vice Chair), Retired Cardiologist, CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas
  • Marquita Little Numan, Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success
  • Jayme Mayo, PA-C, Wellness Director, Nabholz
  • Eddie Ochoa, MD, Associate Professor, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Marcus Osborne, Senior Vice President, Walmart
  • James “Skip” Rutherford III, Dean Emeritus, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
  • Herb Sanderson, State Director, AARP Arkansas
  • G. Richard Smith, MD, Retired Marie Wilson Howells Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Director, UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute
  • F.S. “Sandy” Stroope, Executive Director, Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission
  • Joe Thompson, MD, MPH (Ex-Officio), President & CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
  • Annabelle Imber Tuck, JD (Chair), Public Service Fellow & Jurist-in-Residence, William H. Bowen School of Law, Retired Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Susan Ward-Jones, MD, CEO, East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Mark Williams, PhD (Ex-Officio), Dean, UAMS, College of Public Health, Department Chair of Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD, Deputy State Health Officer, and Chief Science Officer, Arkansas Department of Health

Administrative Committee

An Administrative Committee, composed of the chief administrators from each sponsor
organization, serves as an oversight body. With input from the Health Policy Board,
they conduct performance review for ACHI’s President and CEO, provide oversight of
ACHI’s financial performance, and approve ACHI’s annual budget.

Jose Romero ACHI Administrative Committee

Jose Romero, MD

Secretary of Health
Arkansas Department of Health

Barnett, Curtis - BCBS

Curtis Barnett, MPA

President and Chief Executive Officer
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Doderer, Marcy - ACH

Marcella “Marcy” L. Doderer, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer
Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Patterson,Cam - UAMS

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences