Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

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Our Work - Specific Project Categories

The list below contains ACHI projects which fall under the categories selected in the left sidebar.

Projects - Current

Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention - Growing Healthy Communities (GHC) Developed by the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, fostered in part by ACHI, Growing Healthy Communities encourages local coalition development and provides technical assistance with a focus on increasing opportunities for physical activity and affordable access to healthy foods.
Child Health Advisory Committee The Child Health Advisory Committee (CHAC), established by Act 1220, includes an ACHI representative.
Healthy Active Arkansas What does a Healthy Active Arkansas look like?
Interventions for Obesity Prevention Targeting Young Children in At-Risk Environments: An Integrated Approach This project led by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in partnership with ACHI characterizes the home and school food environments of children across the state.
Obesity Initiative - Overview Obesity is a national epidemic with serious health and economic implications. Nearly 70% of Arkansas adults and 38% of children are overweight or obese. Because problems with weight often begin in childhood, ACHI has committed significant efforts to define and plan solutions to combat the obesity epidemic plaguing Arkansas’s youth.
Statewide Body Mass Index Data Collection System and Reporting Following recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine and the American Medical Society, ACHI created and implemented the BMI screening process for all Arkansas public school children, as mandated in Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003. Annual BMI assessment reports are developed at the school, district and statewide level.
Statewide Learning Network Healthy Active Arkansas - Statewide Learning Network

Projects - Past

Arkansas State and Public School Employee Health and Life Insurance Plan (EBD) ACHI has designed and completed multiple analytic projects that the Employee Benefits Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has used in consideration of its health plan designs and management.
Child Wellness Intervention Project CWIP used proven methods to increase time spent in physical activity by providing quality physical education programs. The Arkansas CWIP grants provided eligible schools with the SPARK physical education curriculum and equipment, Fitnessgram software, HealthTeacher.com curriculum, and all teacher trainings. Schools that received grant funds committed to making policy changes that would allow an increase in the number of required physical education/activity minutes per week from 60 minutes to 120 minutes for all children.
Coordinated School Health ACHI staff has developed a strong partnership with the Arkansas Coordinated School Health program. This includes providing an ongoing evaluation of implemented activities to help identify those with the greatest impact on student health, test scores, behavior and attendance.
Joint Use Agreement Grant Program The Joint Use Agreement grant program awards funds to schools to help them adopt and implement policies and form collaborative partnerships with local community resources to maximize opportunities for physical activity through expanded use of recreational facilities.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity Launched and operated under ACHI’s leadership in partnership with PolicyLink (Oakland, CA) from January 2009 through November 2011, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity (RWJF Center) was part of a multi-faceted initiative undertaken nationally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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Little Rock, AR 72201