Thank you to our 38 participants and convening partners for a productive first meeting of the Arkansas Health Equity Collaboration!

We’ve established a steering committee of 20 people from across sectors and around the state to dive deeper into creating a pathway for achieving health equity in five focus areas: community and economic development, access to resources, cultural perspectives, education, and workforce.

Creating the Arkansas Health Equity Collaboration

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2017

This program focuses on the social determinants of health. We are exploring significant factors impacting health disparities outside the health care setting. All of the following are driving forces of health outcomes in our communities: 

  • Where we live
  • Where we learn 
  • Where we grow
  • Where we play

In preparation for this new program, the Institute facilitated 10 focus groups across Central Arkansas and all four quadrants of the state, including in-person focus groups in North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Monticello, Camden, West Memphis, and Springdale (shown below).

Our Partners

Contact Person

Aaron Keith Kennard

Program 242-9885