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 Data Initiative Advisory Committee The Health Data Initiative (HDI) Advisory Committee advises ACHI’s Director and the Health Data Initiative Director on using the HDI to advance the health of Arkansans.
Arkansas Health System Improvement Directed by Governor MIke Beebe and led by ACHI Director and Arkansas Surgeon General, Dr. Joe Thompson, the Arkansas Health System Improvement Initiative is a collaborative project with four primary focus areas that has led to the development of innovative solutions for improving health and health care in our state.
Child Health Advisory Committee The Child Health Advisory Committee (CHAC), established by Act 1220, includes an ACHI representative.

Projects - Past

Clean Air Acts As a result of legislation passed in 2006, Arkansans across the state are protected from the harmful affects of second-hand smoke in public places.
Employer Perspective on Tobacco Use and Cessation Programs ACHI staff have worked with the Arkansas Department of Health to analyze the issue of tobacco use and health insurance coverage for tobacco cessation programs from an employer perspective.
Governor’s Roundtable on Health Care The Governor's Roundtable on Health Care brought together a diverse group of business and community leaders to discuss strategies for improving Arkansas's struggling health care system.
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.
State Coverage Institute—Governor’s Implementation Group A team of key government executives and legislative leaders was selected to form what later became known as the Governor's Implementation Group with a goal of providing support for undertaking health care reform initiatives.
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 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