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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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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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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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Magnolia Regional Medical Center Excels as a Hospital in Transition
Documents Magnolia Regional Medical Center's (MRMC) top accomplishments after participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project and completing a financial operational assessment (FOA). Major areas of improvement include net income, net patient revenue, days cash on hand, swing bed utilization, and overall quality ratings.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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State Innovation Model Testing Awards From the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation: Highlighting Rural Focus
Summarizes the activities and accomplishments of rural-specific State Innovation Models (SIM) in six states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Vermont. The SIM initiative was started in 2012 to support states that are committed to designing and testing strategies for payment model and delivery system reform.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Arkansas Cancer Facts & Figures 2017
Provides detailed cancer data for Arkansas, including cancer incidence and mortality rates by county and type of cancer. Highlights disparities by race (black/white), gender, and rural/urban differences.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Health
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The Criminal Justice Experience of African American Cocaine Users in Arkansas
Examines associations between the involvement in the criminal justice system and drug use in urban and rural African American cocaine users in Arkansas between 2010 and 2012. Includes demographic statistics by gender, age, rurality, and route of administration.
Author(s): Nickolas Zaller, Ann M. Cheney, Geoffrey M. Curran, Brenda M. Booth, Tyrone F. Borders
Citation: Substance Use & Misuse, 51(12), 1566-1576
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
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Chicot Memorial Medical Center Utilizes SRHT Project to Prepare for the Future
Highlights the successes and lessons learned from a Financial Operational Assessment (FOA) performed by Chicot Memorial Medical Center (CMMC), a Critical Access Hospital, in Lake Village, Arkansas. The FOA was completed as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Arkansas Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
County-level map of Arkansas showing the dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within the state.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
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Arkansas State Plan on Aging: Fiscal Years 2016-2019
Provides direction for long-term care efforts in the state of Arkansas. Focuses on long-term care, mental health, helping seniors remain at home, new Medicare prevention benefits, and preventing neglect and abuse. Highlights the Tri County Rural Health Network (TCRHN) Community Connector Program, which targets Medicaid eligible adults in the Delta region to help them remain at home.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Human Services
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Rural Profile of Arkansas
Describes the Arkansas social, demographic, and economic structure with a portion identifying health status and healthcare characteristics including infant mortality, obesity, healthcare access, and availability of health insurance. Compares rural to urban areas of the state.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension
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A Rural African American Faith Community's Solutions to Depression Disparities
Discusses how a rural African American community of faith in the Arkansas Delta could deal with depression within their community as well as in their congregation.
Author(s): Keneshia Bryant, Tiffany Haynes, Karen Hye-cheon Kim Yeary, Nancy Greer-Williams, Mary Hartwig
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 31(3), 262-271
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Drive-Time Analyses for Primary and Specialty Care
Examines the distances citizens of Arkansas travel to access primary and specialty care. Includes maps showing drive times and population to physician ratios.
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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Arkansas Health Care Workforce: A Guide for Policy Action
Examines the current and projected primary and specialty healthcare workforce needs at the state- and county-level, including addressing gaps in rural areas. Discusses options for extending primary care capacity through advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. Analyzes payer mix by county and how expanded insurance coverage may affect provider access.
Author(s): Joe Thompson, Craig Wilson, Suzanne McCarthy, et al.
Date: 03/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them
Identifies the greatest health challenges for Arkansas, current initiatives to address them, and options for future action. Includes county-level data throughout and focuses on rural health in chapter six. Addresses state demographics, life expectancy, infant mortality, disparities, health literacy, public health issues, the cost of poor health, and more.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Health
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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Arkansas Center for Health Statistics Query System
Offers detailed county-level data on cause of death, hospitalizations, birth rates and more for Arkansas. Includes breakdowns by age group, gender, and ethnicity.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Health
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Arkansas Hospitals Magazine
Quarterly magazine of the Arkansas Hospital Association highlighting news, events, and other topics affecting hospitals throughout Arkansas.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Hospital Association
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Arkansas Health Centers: Data and Maps
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, and patient visits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Arkansas Department of Health: Data, Statistics & Registries
Access to a variety of health-related data for the state, including births and deaths, hospital discharge data, health registries, and health workforce reports.
Type: Website
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Arkansas
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Arkansas QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Arkansas KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Arkansas State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Arkansas Resources.


Last Updated: 10/4/2018