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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.

Evidence-Based Examples

ANGELS: Antenatal & Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System
Updated/reviewed August 2018
  • Need: Arkansas had high rates of low birthweight babies, and women in rural areas had difficulty accessing specialty obstetric care.
  • Intervention: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences created the ANGELS telemedicine program to increase access to care for pregnant women in an effort to improve outcomes for high-risk pregnancies.
  • Results: ANGELS has increased access to care and reduced infant mortality for rural Arkansas women through a variety of programs and has been recognized by various organizations as a model program.

Promising Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Healthy Connections, Inc. Healthy Families Arkansas
Updated/reviewed August 2018
  • 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

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy ARcare Aging Well Outreach Network
Added February 2018
  • 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, provides services like falls prevention assessments, transportation to appointments, medication management, and senior-specific exercise opportunities.
  • Results: From May 2015 to December 2017, the network served 584 patients.
SAMA HealthCare Services's Patient-Centered Medical Home
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: 8/27/2018