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Resources by State: Arkansas

Rural Health Opioid Program Funds Care Coordination Efforts for Recovery
Highlights programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that provide opioid treatment and recovery care coordination. An Ohio program uses care coordination in an existing syringe exchange program and county family drug court, a Kentucky program focuses on helping prisoners, and a Montana program reaches new and expectant mothers.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Risk Factors for Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Arkansas
Provides state, region, and county-level data for Arkansas related to substance abuse by youth. Identifies risk factors associated with drug and alcohol abuse, such as the number of arrests, poverty measures, school infractions, and more, as well as associated public health outcomes.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, UA Little Rock MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training
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Delta Memorial Hospital’s SEAL Team
Describes Delta Memorial Hospital's (DMH) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, focused on improving quality of care and transition of care. DMH is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Dumas, Arkansas. 12 months after implementing the recommendations, DMH met two of their three measurable goals. The SEAL team, or Service Excellence Advisor Leaders, are charged with regularly reviewing patient satisfaction surveys to identify service areas that need improvement.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Arkansas
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative Evaluation: Model Test Year Four Annual Report
Fourth annual report on Round 1 of the CMS State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, which tests the ability of the governments in six states - Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont - to move providers to value-based payment models (VPMs). Describes the experiences of providers, health systems, consumers, payers, and state officials during the final full implementation year for most Round 1 states. Presents interim impacts on healthcare utilization, cost, and quality for individuals reached by SIM-supported VPMs during the SIM Initiative period. Includes information specific to rural areas.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RTI International
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Defining Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Readmission Rates and Reasons in a Rural State
Analyzes Arkansas's statewide trauma system data to determine readmission rates for rural adults who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Includes statistics on patient demographics, and comparative statistics for patients readmitted with those not readmitted.
Author(s): James Gardner, Kevin W Sexton, John Taylor, et al.
Citation: Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, 3, e000186
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Housing and Homelessness: Services and Partnerships to Address a Growing Issue
Results of a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging poll on programs, services, and partnerships developed by AAAs to address issues related to housing and homelessness. Includes a case study on public housing and assisted living facilities in rural Batesville, Arkansas.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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Leveraging Research and Philanthropy to Reduce Crime and Violence in the Mississippi Delta
Explores how foundations fund public safety projects, focusing on Phillips County, Arkansas and Coahoma County, Mississippi. Features background on violence and crime in rural areas, including a description of the research literature. Proposes framework for selecting and implementing violence prevention and intervention on the community level.
Author(s): Jessica Saunders, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Samuel Peterson
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Arkansas Health Professions Manpower Statistics 2016
Reports on licensed healthcare professionals distribution by gender, age, and county for Arkansas using maps and statistics. Includes data for primary and specialty care physicians, dentists, nurses, and more.
Author(s): Marilea Brock, Lynda Lehing, Shirley Louie
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Health
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Delta Memorial Hospital: SRHT Project Well Under Way
Documents Delta Memorial Hospital's (DMH) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, which it completed during 2017. DMH, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Dumas, Arkansas, focused efforts on improving quality of care and transitions of care throughout its facilities. Six months after implementing the recommendations, improvements can be seen across several measurable and non-measurable outcomes.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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