AMHC Director Idonia Trotter to Take Leadership Role at Houston-Based Non-Profit Oct. 1

The Board of Directors of Gateway to Care (GTC), a Houston, Texas-based non-profit health care collaborative, is pleased to announce Idonia L. Trotter, JD, MPS as its new Executive Director beginning October 1, 2014.

Trotter brings to GTC a distinguished career in health care advocacy, policy analysis, programmatic development and executive management. In May 2009, she became the first to complete a concurrent Master's of Public Service and Juris Doctorate of Law degree program when she graduated from both the UA Clinton School of Public Service and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Trotter has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission since June 2009. Her last day at AMHC will be September 19. Learn More >

Dr. Rhonda Mattox Named Medical Director at AMHC

Dr. Rhonda Mattox has been named Medical Director at the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. She previously worked with the commission as a medical media and research consultant beginning in 2013, hosting the Ask the Doctor Show monthly with Broadway Joe. In her new role, she will guide the AMHCs internal research efforts, assist with public health policy development and serve as media spokesperson on matters related to minority health disparities and health care. Learn More >

AMHC Transitional Leadership Team in Place until New Director Chosen

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission wishes Director Idonia Trotter well in her new endeavors as she moves forward in her career with Gateway to Care, a Houston-based 501c3 non-profit health care organization. During the transition, AMHC has put its current Medical Director, Dr. Rhonda Mattox, in place as a transitional leader until a new executive director is identified. AMHC Chair Christine Patterson will also serve on the transitional team. Dr. Mattox and Chair Patterson will be in charge of day-to-day operations. They may be reached at 501-686-2720. Learn More >

Affordable Care: A Bridge to Health Care Access by Jeanni Brosius

At the end of 2013, about 25 percent of Arkansans did not have health insurance - that's more than half a million adults under the age of 65. For many of them, health insurance has been too costly to obtain. Some 572,000 Arkansans are eligible for coverage in 2014, and an estimated $478 million in federal subsidies will be available for consumers in Arkansas who purchase health insurance.

There are several reasons for racial and socioeconomic health disparities, such as poor quality of care, lack of transportation, poverty, low educational attainment and low health literacy. These factors contribute to predominantly rural, low-income Arkansans not having access to quality health care.

To learn more, read the Bridge Spring 2014 magazine (PDF)

About the Arkansas Minority Health Commission

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) was established in 1991 to assure that all Arkansans have equal access to quality health care, regardless of race or ethnicity and to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Arkansas. The Commission supports its mission through: 1) studying diseases prevalent in racial and ethnic minority populations and issues related to minority health care access and service delivery; 2) identifying any gaps in the state's health care delivery system that particularly affect minorities; and 3) recommending policy changes to relevant agencies and the Arkansas legislature to improve health and healthcare delivery and access for racial and ethnic minorities.

Know Your Glucose Numbers

Diabetes can lead to a wide range of other serious health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, dental disease, nervous system disease, complications of pregnancy and more.

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission reminds you to visit your healthcare professional for an accurate reading of your glucose numbers and Take Control of Your Health!





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