State-Wide Initiative

About the Project:

Arkansas is arranged into five public health regions. Through ARCOP, the Arkansas team has a Growing Healthy Community site in each one of these regions. While Arkansas will have one overall statewide training, each of the five Growing Healthy Community sites will be responsible for recruiting healthcare professionals from their region. In March 2010, Arkansas convened a Growing Health Community training to begin focusing the regional work and aligning priorities. All GHC sites are working on increasing accessing healthy foods, increasing access to physical activity and policies that could enhance these efforts. Following this training, each region will be expected to conduct similar, region-wide Healthy Living summits over the coming months. Arkansas will recruit its healthcare professionals through its Growing Healthy Communities sites, the state nursing association, the regional and state chronic disease forum attendees and the Minority Health Commission.


Key Data:

  • Obesity Rates:
    • 38% of school children are overweight or obese
    • 28.6% of adults are obese
  • Education level: 16.7% of adults over age 25 have a college degree
  • Socio-economic level: Median income is $38,239 and 17.6% of the population is below the Federal Poverty Level
  • Demographics: 15.8% African American, 5.6% Hispanic

Policy Focus:

Regions will be encouraged to think broadly about their specific needs and resources. Policy efforts will center on access to healthy foods and increasing physical activity. Focus will be placed on schools and the built environment where possible.


ArCOP will be the primary partner in the Be Our Voice campaign. ArCOP is a coalition of broad-based stakeholders including 65 membership organizations and 255 individual members. ArCOP will be partnering with CHCA (Community Health Centers of Arkansas) and the Minority Health Commission.


Project Lead: Joy Rockenbach and Aimee Berry, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

NICHQ: Jenna Williams, Project Manager

Local Training:

November 12-13, 2010 at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton, AR