ARKANSAS MINORITY HEALTH COMMISSION MEETING MAY 13
LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) executive committee will meet via conference call at 2pm on Monday, May 13. The commission meeting is open to the public. Members of the public wishing to listen in on the call may do so at the AMHC office located at 523 Louisiana, Suite 425 in Little Rock.
Contact: Tammi Williamson Bradley
501-686-4970 or 877-264-2826
Arkansas Minority Health Commission announces funding opportunities up to $1500 for Health Related Events
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas and the nation requires collaboration across many organizations. It is our intent to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in the state of Arkansas.
AMHC provides sponsorships for health events bi-annually. Sponsorship applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline with all of the required documents. The deadline to submit sponsorship applications is May 1, 2013 for sponsorship events that will occur July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Please mail all applications to the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, 523 Louisiana, Suite 425, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Four-Day Tour in El Dorado
El Dorado, AR—Personal health awareness and advocacy are key to the overall health of individuals. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) hosts public forums and health fairs in different cities around the state to educate, promote health awareness, and to assess the needs of the community.
On October 4th - October 7th the AMHC will be in El Dorado, Arkansas for a four-day health awareness tour. The tour will feature a public forum, commission board meeting, public health leaders’ roundtable, health fair and gospel concert for residents in and around the city of El Dorado.
Extending Medicaid to 250,000 Can Save Lives in Arkansas
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Minority Health Improvement
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) and its Board of Commissioners announce its support of Medicaid expansion to more than 250,000 additional citizens in the state of Arkansas.
Education, economic development, environmental issues and poverty are inextricably linked to the health of all populations. Arkansans have poor health status as documented by national health rankings. Minority Arkansans bear a disproportionate portion of poor health experiencing higher death rates from infant mortality to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and HIV. Minority Arkansans are more likely to be uninsured. This has enormous implications for all Arkansans.
The AMHC is a witness to the individual and collective stories that illustrate what these statistics represent. These stories include the unmet need in the community for acute care, medications, preventive care and mental health services. Currently, it is estimated that 29.3% of Arkansans age 18-64 have no health insurance. In some counties, the uninsured makes up 42% of the population.
“Although the picture of health status and disparities in Arkansas seems bleak and our challenges many, there is great opportunity to significantly invest and improve the health of all Arkansans. The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to fundamentally reshape the US health care system, improve the health of the state and improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities,” said Idonia Trotter, Executive Director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.
State agencies and Non profit organizations collaborate to host
public forums on the Affordable Care Act around the state
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission, in partnership with the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium, will host a series of forums around the state to help answer questions and to hear concerns from citizens. The first in the series of forums is Tuesday, September 11, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Allen Temple MBC at 708 Buerkle Street in Stuttgart, AR. Representatives from health-related state agencies will provide an overview of the ACA and what the law means for Arkansas. The panelists will respond to questions from the audience immediately following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Free dinner will be served at 5:30pm.
Other cities and dates: Tuesday, September 18, Bethany Chapel MBC, 1923 South Olive Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; Tuesday, September 25, Old St. Paul MBC, 504 South 8th Street, West Memphis, AR 72301; Thursday, October 4, El Dorado Conference Center, 311 South West Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730; Thursday, October 25, Forrest City Civic Center, 224 N. Rosser, Forrest City, AR 72336
For more information, call Legoria Payton at 870-413-1667 or visit arminorityhealth.com.