Arkansas Children’s leaders recently shared a vision to significantly improve overall child health in the state as part of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation’s annual Children’s Forum. The forum highlighted the work of Arkansas Children’s partners, including Walmart, and the work of Legal Aid of Arkansas in the Arkansas Children’s Medical-Legal Partnership and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Nursery Alliance. Both programs demonstrate a new approach to healthcare that focuses on community partnerships galvanized around multiple social determinants of health.
The Jacksonville Health Unit, the City of Jacksonville, Pulaski County Community Services, and the Arkansas Department of Health recently hosted the Grand Reopening of the Jacksonville Health Unit, located at 3000 N. First Street.
The ribbon cutting ceremony included speeches from Mayor Gary Fletcher, ADH Center Director for Local Public Health Don Adams, and Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. A tour of the new facilities followed the ceremony.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced $7,784,751 in funding to Arkansas through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. These grant funds allow the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to continue to provide home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.
CHI St. Vincent announced the opening of Dr. Joe Elser’s new Pediatric Headache Clinic at the CHI St. Vincent West campus in Chenal. Elser and his nurse practitioner, Lee Elliott, RNP, have been providing headache diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents for more than 30 years and are recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as leaders in the treatment of pediatric headaches.
The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $3.29 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a five-year project to reduce obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition in Arkansas, especially in the Delta.
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