Healthy Active Arkansas

Our Partners

Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) has served the state of Arkansas since 1998 as a nonpartisan, independent health policy center. ACHI’s mission is to be a catalyst for improving the health of Arkansans through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy and collaborative program development. ACHI is jointly supported by the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. This support allows ACHI to respond to emerging issues and provides the nimbleness necessary to take advantage of emerging health policy opportunities. ACHI has worked in the area of childhood and adolescent obesity prevention since its inception.

Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention

The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) is focusing on making the healthy choice the first choice. The coalition’s mission is to improve the health of all Arkansas communities by increasing physical activity and healthy eating to reduce and prevent obesity. Growing Healthy Communities (GHC), the Coalition’s primary project, brings together individuals, companies and organizations across sector lines to recognize that a healthy community is a better community on virtually every measure of success.

Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is a centralized health department, operating health units in each of the state’s 75 counties. ADH works to protect, improve and promote the health of all Arkansans with the support of dedicated employees and public and private partners. Each year, Department employees monitor and investigate public health disease and threats, provide preventive health services in clinical settings, enforce laws and regulations, support Hometown Health Improvement, promote healthy behaviors, and respond to public health emergencies.

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

The mission of the Arkansas Minority health Commission (AMHC) is to ensure all minority Arkansans access to health care that is equal to the care provided to other citizens of the state and to seek ways to provide education, address issues and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations. AMHC’s vision is that all minority Arkansans have equal access to quality health and preventive care.

The Commission supports its mission through:

  • Studying diseases prevalent in racial and ethnic minority populations and issues related to minority health care access and service delivery
  • Identifying any gaps in the state’s health care delivery system that particularly affect minorities
  • Recommending policy changes to relevant agencies and the Arkansas legislature to improve health and healthcare delivery and access for racial and ethnic minorities

Our goal is to be a catalyst in bridging the gap in the health status of the minority population and that of the majority population in Arkansas. To accomplish this, the commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within our health care system, and making recommendations to relevant agencies, the Governor and to the state legislature.

Baptist Health

Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in healthcare to Arkansans. For more information about Baptist Health, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit our website at

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,890 students and 782 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state.

Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

In 2005, the University of Arkansas System established the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. By integrating the resources and expertise of the University of Arkansas System with the legacy and ideas of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, this educational institute and conference center creates an atmosphere where collaboration and change can thrive.

Program areas include Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Civic Engagement, Economic Development and Health. To learn more, visit the website at