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

This group came together in late July 2022 to work through data collected from the various focus groups held across Arkansas by Institute facilitators. Our participants were looking for what the group could learn and what areas should be the focus of a statewide collaboration. As they continue to narrow down the focus areas, our team is preparing for the next in-person meeting in Spring 2023.

Creating the Arkansas Health Equity Collaboration

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “health equity” is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their “full health potential,” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.” We know that every person in Arkansas does not have the same access to health care because of many factors outside their immediate control.

This program focuses on those 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

Molly Thomason

Education & Evaluation 727-6215

“It is our hope at the Institute that we can facilitate statewide collaboration to change these social determinants to social contributions toward health equity.”