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.
Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative Video This video describes the who, what, when and where of Arkansas’s novel, multi-payer approach to creating a sustainable health care delivery system designed to improve the quality of care people receive and at the same time contain rising costs.
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?
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.
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Many of the most serious illnesses faced by Arkansans are related to tobacco use. Reducing use of tobacco has been a continuing theme in ACHI’s portfolio of work.

Projects - Past

Adult Immunization Program Preventing disease by increasing needed adult immunizations is a project the Arkansas Department of Health has undertaken with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ACHI is collaborating with ADH and several other pertinent organizations to achieve higher rates of adult immunization coverage in Arkansas.
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.
Governor Mike Beebe's 2009 Health Care Initiative On February 17, 2009, Governor Mike Beebe signed Act 180 for comprehensive health care, increasing the tax on tobacco products and providing funding for major health priorities.
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.
Oral Health in Arkansas Oral health is a vital aspect of the overall health of Arkansans. Although preventable, tooth decay is a chronic disease affecting all age groups. In fact, it is the most common chronic disease of childhood.
PCMH Town Halls As a partnering organization in the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII), ACHI is involved in more than just research and analyses. During the spring of 2012, the partnership made efforts to educate the public about a key component of APII, the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. Along with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, QualChoice of Arkansas, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and Arkansas Medicaid, the initiative hosted seven “town hall” meetings across the state.
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.
Tobacco Excise Tax Increase ACHI and the Step-Up Coalition members facilitated and contributed to dialogue in the 87th Arkansas General Assembly about the critical issue of tobacco cessation. The resulting passage of Act 180 of 2009 implemented a significant tobacco tax increase
Tobacco Settlement Commission ACHI has provided technical assistance to the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission (ATSC), which was established as part of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000 to provide oversight and assess performance of the programs funded through the act.
Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act As part of the national Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with major U.S. tobacco companies, in November 1999 Arkansas accepted approximately $62 million per year for 25 years in exchange for an agreement that Arkansas would not sue the tobacco companies for negative health impact or past health care costs caused by tobacco use. With the possibility that MSA funds could be directed to non-health needs, ACHI's Health Policy Board commissioned a white paper on the effects of tobacco in the state.

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
Suite 300 (Victory Building)
Little Rock, AR 72201