Arkansas Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Updated/reviewed November 2020
- Need: Arkansas had high rates of low birthweight babies, and pregnant individuals in rural areas had difficulty accessing specialty obstetric care.
- Intervention: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences created the IDHI High-Risk Pregnancy Program to increase access to care for pregnant individuals in an effort to improve outcomes for high-risk pregnancies.
- Results: The program has increased access to care and reduced infant mortality for rural Arkansas individuals through a variety of programs and has been recognized by various organizations as a model program.
Updated/reviewed March 2021
- Need: To reduce falls and improve chronic care management for adults 50 or older in rural Cross County, Arkansas.
- Intervention: The ARcare Aging Well Outreach Network, run by an FQHC, provided services like falls prevention assessments, transportation to appointments, medication management, and senior-specific exercise opportunities.
- Results: From May 2015 to April 2018, the network served 639 patients through 1,580 medical encounters.
Updated/reviewed November 2019
- Need: High poverty rates and lack of access to healthcare make caring for unborn and newborn children difficult for young mothers in Arkansas's Polk and Garland Counties.
- Intervention: An Arkansas-based program provides a national healthcare service to expectant and young mothers. Prenatal check-ups, education, transportation, well-baby checks and child immunizations are all provided by the Healthy Connections, Inc.
- Results: The program's results demonstrate an increase in first trimester prenatal care rates and child immunization rates, as well as a dramatic decrease in confirmed cases of child abuse.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed February 2018
- Need: The traditional model where providers work independently from one another in treating patients proved to lack care continuity at SAMA Healthcare Services in rural Arkansas.
- Intervention: The family practice clinic shifted to a team-based model of care where the medical staff works together in pods in order to create a patient-centered medical home.
- Results: SAMA doubled the amount of patients seen in 1 day and at least 90% of patients receive medical treatment from a provider within their pod.
Last Updated: 3/31/2021