Healthy Communities

Coach Safely Act

The Act and the Rule articulate that any association that sponsors or conducts sports training or high-risk youth athletic activities for children aged fourteen (14) and younger shall require all coaches and athletics personnel to complete specific training. The association shall maintain a record of individual course completion for as long as that individual serves as athletic personnel or coach for the association. The courses are to be approved by the Arkansas Department of Health, on these subjects:

Resources:

Approved courses:

Emergency Preparedness, Planning, and Rehearsal for Traumatic Injuries:

Concussions and Head Trauma:

Heat and Extreme Weather-Related Injury Familiarization:

Physical Conditioning and Training Equipment Usage:

Heart Defects and Abnormalities Leading to Sudden Cardiac Death:

Coach Safely

To request review and approval of a course, contact the Arkansas Department of Health Substance Misuse and Injury Prevention Branch:

4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 10
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 1-501-671-1449
Email

Resources:

Office Address Phone Fax
Substance Misuse and Injury Prevention 4815 W. Markham St. - Slot 10
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-671-1449 501-682-0427

Stead Scholars - Student Summer Program

The Stead Scholars Program is a full-time, 8-week summer program (June and July) where the Arkansas Department of Health and the College of Public Health at UAMS mentor undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in Arkansas who are thinking of a career in public health or medicine. The selection of the scholars is made by a review committee composed of the Chief Science Officer, Science Advisory Committee at ADH, as well as Department Heads, the Dean, and Associate Deans at the COPH.

Each student receives a stipend of $4,000 for the 8-week program and is assigned a mentor that they will work with on a project in one of several possible areas concerning public health, either within one of the Centers at ADH or at the UAMS College of Public Health. This is not a clinical program. This experience provides the students with an introduction to public health, exposure to applied and basic public health science and practice, and health policy development. The scholars are expected to attend weekly seminars and meetings held at ADH and COPH where public health topics are presented, discussed, and researched. After their internship, Stead Scholars present a brief PowerPoint presentation to ADH and COPH personnel and leadership on their topic, in conjunction with their mentors.

For the Summer of 2024, registration will open in December and close in mid-February.

All Arkansas undergraduates enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and universities in the state are eligible to apply.

All documents are to be submitted by February 16, 2023.

Hansen’s Disease

Hansen’s Disease, often known as Leprosy, is a treatable infectious disease caused by the bacteria M. leprae. The infection is known to attack the nervous system, causing swollen nerves, discoloration and/or inflamed skin, and loss of feeling in affected areas. Without treatment, Hansen’s Disease can cause paralysis of hands and feet, loss of fingers and toes, and blindness, among other symptoms.

Historically, Leprosy was feared as a highly contagious and dangerous disease. However, modern medical science has revealed that Hansen’s Disease is slow to progress and difficult to spread. Transmission requires long exposure times and, once transmission occurs, the disease can take years to manifest any symptoms.

Once detected, Hansen’s Disease can be treated and cured with antibiotics, however, treatment cannot reverse existing symptoms, so it is important to begin treatment as quickly as possible after detection of the disease. It is imperative that you complete your treatment regimen as directed by a physician. Failure to do so can result in the development of antibiotic resistance. There is no vaccine for Hansen’s Disease, however, most people are already naturally immune.

 

Transmission & Risk Factors

While it is unclear how exactly Hansen’s Disease is transmitted between people, it is evident that the disease does not transmit easily. The disease appears to require extensive close contact over the course of several months or even years to be spread between individuals. It cannot be spread through casual contact; it is entirely safe to shake hands or share a meal with someone with Hansen’s Disease. Further, Hansen’s Disease cannot be spread through sexual contact, and cannot be passed from parent to child during pregnancy. Hansen’s Disease cannot be transmitted at all once treatment has been started.

 M. leprae is known to be found naturally in armadillos is the southern United States, and it is suspected that transmission between armadillos and humans can occur, albeit very rarely. While the risk of catching Hansen’s Disease through brief contact with an armadillo is very low, it is best to avoid contact with armadillos when possible.

Hansen’s Disease is very rare in the US, with <200 new cases diagnosed each year nationwide. The disease is somewhat more prevalent in some countries, most notably in Brazil, India, Indonesia, and much of South-Central Africa. Even in these countries however, Hansen’s Disease is still a rare occurrence. In fact, some 95% of people worldwide already have a natural immunity to Hansen’s Disease, rendering it a very rare condition regardless of location.

 

Symptoms

Hansen’s Disease can cause a variety of symptoms throughout the body, however the most common presentations are found in the skin and the nervous system.

Common skin symptoms include:

Common symptoms related to nerve damage include:

Other common symptoms include:

Symptoms of advanced, untreated Hansen’s Disease include:

Hansen’s Disease develops very slowly – it can take up to 20 years to develop even minor symptoms. This is because M. leprae reproduces distinctly slowly for an infectious bacterium. 

It is imperative to seek treatment as soon as possible after symptoms develop. Hansen’s Disease can be treated and cured relatively painlessly, however symptoms cannot be reversed once they appear.

 

Testing/Diagnosis

If you develop any of the above symptoms, speak to a doctor immediately. The most common symptom to watch for is patches of discolored skin that have lost sense of touch and/or pain.

Once in contact with a doctor, they will take samples of affected skin or nerves to perform confirmatory tests. These typically involve looking at the sample under a microscope for M. Leprae bacteria or sending the samples to be lab tested for other potential diseases.

 

Treatment

Once in contact with a doctor, they will take samples of affected skin or nerves to perform confirmatory tests. These typically involve looking at the sample under a microscope for M. Leprae bacteria or sending the samples to be lab tested for other potential diseases.

During treatment:

The locations of specialized Hansen’s Disease treatment clinics around the country can be found in the other resources section below. Arkansas is served by the Springdale Hansen’s Disease Clinic:

Springdale HD Clinic 
Joseph H. Bates Outreach Clinic of Washington County
614 E. Emma Avenue, Suite 247
Springdale, AR 72764
PH: (479)-751-3630
Fax: (479)-751-4838
Physician: Linda McGhee, M.D.
Public Health Nurse: Ruby Lewis, R.N.
Telephone: (479) 841-5779

Other Resources:

Much of the information on this page is taken from the following sources. You can follow the links below to find out more:

Links to care:

Additional information:

Naegleria Fowleri

Naegleria fowleri is an ameba (single-celled living organism) that lives in soil and warm freshwater, such as lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It is commonly called the “brain-eating ameba” because it can cause a brain infection when water containing the ameba goes up the nose. Only about three people in the United States get infected yearly, but these infections are usually fatal.

You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria. You can only be infected when contaminated water goes up into your nose.

Symptoms usually start with severe headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting and progress to stiff neck, seizures, altered mental status, hallucinations, and coma. 

Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose. This typically happens when people go swimming, diving, or when they put their heads under fresh water, like in lakes and rivers. The ameba then travels up the nose to the brain, where it destroys the brain tissue and causes a devastating infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). PAM is almost always fatal.

Naegleria fowleri infections may also happen when people use contaminated tap water to rinse their sinuses by sending water up the nose. In very rare instances, people have gotten Naegleria fowleri infections from recreational water that didn’t have enough chlorine in it, such as pools, splash pads, or surf parks. There is no evidence that Naegleria fowleri can spread through water vapor or aerosol droplets (such as shower mist or vapor from a humidifier).

Recommended preventative steps include:

Resources:

Other Uniformed Service Members, Veterans, and their Spouses

The Arkansas Act creates two licensing pathways for veterans and their spouses, automatic or expedited.

Who does it apply to?

The Arkansas law applies to:

  1. Uniformed Service Members that the SCRA does not cover.
  2. Uniformed Service Veteran who resides in or establish residency in Arkansas.
  3. The spouse of a Uniformed Service Member that the SCRA does not cover.
  4. The spouse of a Uniformed Service Veteran who resides in or establish residency in Arkansas.
  5. The spouse of a Uniformed Service Member who is assigned a tour of duty that excludes the uniformed service member's spouse from accompanying the uniformed service member and the spouse relocates to this state;
  6. A uniformed service member who is killed or succumbs to his or her injuries or illness in the line of duty if the spouse establishes residency in the state.

Automatic Licensure:

Certain licensing entities provide automatic licensure under state law. The individual must contact one of the listed licensing functions and:

  1. the individual is a holder in good standing of occupational licensure with similar scope of practice issued by another state, territory, or district of the United States; and
  2. the individual pays the applicable licensure fee. 

Quick Links:

Expedited Licensure:

Arkansas law does allow licensing entities to submit rules for an expedited process versus an automatic process. The boards and commissions below have expedited requirements. 

Active-Duty Military and their Spouses

The new SCRA provision allows servicemembers and their spouses to use their professional licenses and certificates in certain circumstances when they must relocate due to military orders. For a license to be considered valid in a new location, a servicemember or their spouse must satisfy the following five criteria:

  1. Have moved to a location outside the jurisdiction of the licensing authority that issued the covered license or certificate because of orders for military service; 
  2. Provide a copy of the military orders to the licensing authority in the new jurisdiction;
  3. Have actively used the license or certificate during the two years immediately preceding the move; 
  4. Remain in good standing with: 
    • the licensing authority that issued the covered license or certificate; and
    • every other licensing authority that issued a license or certificate valid for a similar scope of practice and in the discipline applied for in the new jurisdiction; and
  5. Submit to the authority of the licensing authority in the new jurisdiction for the purposes of standards of practice, discipline, and fulfillment of any continuing education requirements.

Active-duty members and their spouses should use the links below to find contact information for the appropriate licensing entity.

Quick Links:

Licensure Reciprocity for Active Duty, Veterans, and Spouses

Two laws apply to the occupational licensure of current and former military members and their spouses, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Arkansas Occupational Licensing of Uniformed Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses Act of 2021. For active duty and their spouses, the federal law is controlling but because it does not extend to veterans and their spouses, the state law controls requirements for those individuals. 

Quick Links

Active-Duty Military and their Spouses:

On January 5, 2023, the SCRA was amended to provide a way for those who have a PCS to move to carry their license with them to their new duty station. This reduces the burdens associated with interstate military moves and allows military spouses to obtain meaningful employment more quickly.

Other Uniformed Service Members, Veterans, and their Spouses:

The act is intended to help uniformed service member, veterans, and their spouses by removing barriers that impede the launch and sustainability of civilian occupational careers and employment faced by uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans, and their spouses. Under the Act “Uniformed Service Members” include those also covered under the SCRA. “Uniformed Service Veterans” are defined as former members of the United States uniformed services discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Body Art Forms

Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee (MIRLC)

Interested applicants may fill out the Online Application for Appointment for consideration.

The Medical Ionizing Radiation Licensure Committee shall be an advisory committee to the State Board of Health and shall consist of ten (10) members, as follows: Nine (9) members to be appointed by the Governor; and One (1) member shall be the Secretary of the Department of Health or his or her designee.

Among the committee members shall be:

The members shall be appointed for three-year staggered terms to be assigned by lot. Committee members shall serve until replaced. The committee shall meet at least quarterly. The MIRLC reviews allegations and violations, may conduct disciplinary proceedings, and issue subpoenas as provided in the act.

Membership: 2021-2023
Shane David, ADH Representative Radiation Control Branch Chief
Tracy McKnight Radiologic Technologist
Adriane Travis Radiologic Technologist
Lisa Rhoden, Committee Chair Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Sheila Randolph Radiation Therapist
Rogerich Paylor, M.D. Radiation Practitioner
Richard Nelson, M.D. Radiation Practitioner
Allan Kirkland M.D. Licensed Practitioner
Paul Bruce, MS, DABR Medical Physicist
vacant Consumer

Meeting Schedule 2024

Meeting Minutes

Click here for the Radiologic Technology Licensure Program homepage.

WIC Acceptable Use Privacy Policy

my Arkansas WIC Program

Your privacy is very important to us. The my Arkansas WIC App collects basic information during the initial registration process to receive messages. The app does not store any personal information collected. By using the app, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy.

Information Collected

A State WIC ID and Household ID are collected during the initial registration to receive messages. This information is stored in a database on secure servers and it is not shared with third parties. This information is shared with the WIC Program to report app statistics. The app uses the camera to capture Universal Product Codes (UPCs) to verify if a scanned product is WIC approved. All the information retrieved from the servers is secured during transmission using HTTPS.

Phone Permission

Messages display the WIC clinic phone number. The app uses the Phone permission to automatically call the number when selected.

Photos/Media/Files Permission

To scan the UPCs, the app uses the camera plugin which requires the Photos/Media/Files permission.

Network Connection Permission

To validate the connectivity of the device, the app uses Network Connection permission to access the network.

Location Permission

Used by Store Locator function to determine the closest stores.

Policy Modifications

This privacy policy may be changed without notice. Any changes will be posted at this location. We recommend checking this policy periodically so you are fully aware of any changes.

HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

What is HPV Vaccine?

HPV vaccine protects against infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause several types of cancer in both men and women.  The vaccine also prevents most genital warts and cervical precancers.  Gardasil 9, which protects against 9 HPV types, is the only HPV vaccine currently in use in the United States. 

What Cancers Does HPV Cause?

HPV can cause oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat), cervical, penile, anal, and vulvar cancers. HPV is estimated to cause nearly 36,500 cases of cancer in men and women every year in the United States. HPV vaccination can prevent 33,700 of these cancers by preventing the infections that cause them.

Who Should Get HPV Vaccine?  When Should They Get It?

All children age 9-12 years, both boys and girls, should get two doses of HPV Vaccine, given 6-12 months apart.

Early protection works best.  That’s why HPV vaccine is recommended earlier rather than later, since it protects children best when given before they ever have contact with the virus.

Teens and young adults should be vaccinated too.  Everyone through age 26 years should get HPV vaccine if they were not fully vaccinated already.

Some adults age 27 through 45 years who were not already vaccinated might choose to get HPV vaccine after speaking with their doctor about their risk for new HPV infections and the possible benefits of vaccination for them.

How Well Do These Vaccines Work?

HPV vaccination works extremely well.

Is the HPV Vaccine Safe?

HPV Vaccine is very safe.  Over 15 years of monitoring have shown that HPV Vaccines are very safe and effective.  Like all vaccines, scientists continue to monitor vaccines to ensure they are safe and effective.

Where Can I Find These Vaccines?

HPV Vaccine is available in many doctor's offices and clinics, especially those that take care of children and young adults.  Many pharmacies also vaccinate children and adults for HPV.  In addition, all of ADH’s Local Health Units (LHUs) give HPV vaccinations to all children and some adults.

How Do I Pay for These Vaccines?

Most health insurance plans cover routine vaccinations like HPV vaccine. The Vaccines For Children (VFC) program also provides vaccines for children 18 years and younger who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian, or Alaska Native.  In AR many clinics that care for children, as well as some pharmacies, are VFC providers.  In addition, all of ADH’s Local Health Units (LHUs) are VFC providers.

Resources:

HPV Prevention

What is HPV?

HPV or Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD). HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers. But there are vaccines that can stop these health problems from happening.

Signs and Symptoms

Transmission

Genital Warts are spread by:

Complications

If left untreated, Genital Warts can:

Some virus strains lead to abnormal Pap tests and increased risk of cervical cancer, but these strains do not cause visible warts. Sexually active women should have yearly Pap tests starting 3 years after they first had sex. HPV may also play a role in cancers of the anus, mouth/throat, penis, and vagina.

A physician may perform a special test to identify the cancer-associated strains.

Prevention

Testing and Treatment

“High risk” HPV strains that cause cancer do not cause visible genital warts. But, high-risk strains may be present along with visible warts.

The body may eventually clear the virus with or without treatment.

The HPV vaccine that is licensed by the FDA, recommended by CDC and currently distributed in the USA is Gardasil-9 (made by Merck).

Infection Preventionist (IP)/ICAR

The Arkansas Department of Health would like to introduce a free, confidential, and non-regulatory resource for your team. The ADH HAI program has three certified infection control (CIC) infection prevention nurses (IPs), housed across the state who would like to come and discuss infection prevention strategies and assist with addressing any identified gaps to help guide quality improvement activities within your facility. The IPs will work with you and your team to review and meet Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practices.

If you or your team would like to participate in an assessment, click the link here to request an ICAR visit and, ideally, you will receive communication regarding your request within two business days.

Ambulance Service Applications

Please download and submit the applications with applicable fees to the Section of EMS:

ASBP - Complaints

ASCC Programs & Services

Quick Links:

 

Who is Eligible for Services from Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission?

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission serves only Arkansas residents who have sustained a spinal cord disability. 


Making a Referral

Arkansas state law (ACA 20-8-206requires that: Every public and private health and social agency and attending physician shall report to the commission within five (5) calendar days after identification of any spinal cord disabled person…. Within fifteen (15) days of the report and identification of a spinal cord-disabled person, the commission shall notify the spinal cord-disabled person or the most immediate family members of their right to assistance from the state, the services available, and the eligibility requirements. 

If a healthcare professional, individual with a spinal cord disability or another interested individual identifies someone with a spinal cord disability, contact the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission to make a referral. It is better to refer someone who is not eligible than not to refer someone who is eligible for services.

To make a referral, contact the regional Case Management office or call the ASCC administrative office at 501-296-1788 or 800-459-1517 between 8am and 4:30pm. Monday - Friday. Confidential fax is available 24 hours a day at 501-296-1787.  You can find the ASCC Referral Form here.


Damage to the Spinal Cord

Spinal cord disabilities result from damage to the spinal cord. ASCC serves only Arkansans whose spinal cord has been damaged. This damage may result from a traumatic spinal cord injury, from a birth defect such as spina bifida or sacral agenesis, or a disease process of the spinal cord including spinal cord tumors, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, or spinal stenosis. This list of diagnoses is not exhaustive and if a health care provider or individual has an individual whom they believe may qualify for services, that individual should be referred and an ASCC Case Manager will be assigned to collect medical records and information to determine the spinal cord disability. Individuals with disabilities of the spinal column that do not affect the spinal cord, the brain or brain stem (only without cord involvement) or the peripheral nerves typically do not qualify for ASCC services.

Medical Criteria

Once an individual is determined to have a spinal cord disability, the ASCC Medical criteria are applied. The medical criteria assess the actually disability or limitations in function resulting from the spinal cord damage.  For the purpose of determining disability, the four criteria listed below are used. An individual must have at least three of the following symptoms. Medical records or information will be used to verify these criteria:

For additional information regarding the ASCC Medical Criteria, please see the Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission Policies and Procedures Manual policy CS-3 – Medical Eligibility Criteria.


Financial Criteria

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission and our Case Managers provide numerous services to individuals who have met the medical criteria, including life-long case management, counseling, guidance, advocacy, resource identification, referral for other services, technical assistance, and other services without regard to income.

When an individual needs purchased services or financial assistance in obtaining equipment or services related specifically to the spinal cord disability, the individual must also meet financial criteria. 

In order for ASCC to assist a client with purchased services:

For additional information regarding the ASCC Financial Criteria please see ASCC Case Management Procedures Manual, Chapter 5, Determining Financial Eligibility

For additional information regarding the procedures and array of services purchased by ASCC, please see ASCC Case Management Procedures Manual, Chapter 10, and Purchasing Services for your Client.

Please note, the ASCC budget for purchased services is small and the agency may not be able to make purchases to meet all of the client’s needs due to these budgetary constraints.

Arkansas Volunteer Health Care Act

The purpose of the Arkansas Volunteer Health Care Act is:

  1. To ensure compliance with Ark. Code Ann. §16-6-201, Ark. Code Ann. §20-8-801, et seq., and Ark. Code Ann. §17-95-106;
  2. To provide for the registration of Free or Low-Cost Health Care Clinics, as defined in Ark. Code Ann. §16-6-201 and herein, under the Arkansas Volunteer Immunity Act, to provide immunity from civil damages to physicians and licensed healthcare professionals who are rendering free and voluntary professional health care services;
  3. To provide for the registration of healthcare providers and medical professionals, as defined in Ark. Code Ann. §20-8-803, under the Volunteer Health Care Act, who are providing Volunteer Healthcare Services to low-income patients to provide immunity from civil damages to medical professionals who contract with the Department of Health; and,
  4. To provide for the registration of retired physicians and surgeons who are licensed to practice medicine by the Arkansas State Medical Board under the laws of the State of Arkansas and who are providing Volunteer Healthcare Services to provide immunity from civil damages, under Ark. Code Ann. §17-95-106.

The Arkansas State Board of Health is responsible for the registration of healthcare professionals, healthcare providers; clinics pursuant to Act 276 of 1997, Act 958 of 2017, and Act 968 of 2021.

The links below are available for online registrations:

Resources:

Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus (Bird Flu)

Background

Avian influenza viruses usually infect birds, but rare cases of human infection with these viruses have been reported. Humans that get avian influenza usually have come in direct contact with infected birds, birds that have died from avian influenza, or bird droppings from infected birds. "Bird flu" typically refers to an influenza A virus type called H5N1.

There are two types of influenza A H5N1: highly pathogenic and low pathogenic. The H5N1 strain commonly called "bird flu" is the highly pathogenic type. This virus strain typically infects wild waterfowl, such as ducks. Birds infected with highly pathogenic H5N1 virus can experience very mild to very severe symptoms, including death. Rarely, do domestic birds, such as chickens, also get infected with "bird flu" H5N1. In poultry, it causes severe illness and death. In rare instances, the "bird flu" virus can be transmitted to humans primarily through direct exposure to infected birds or the environment where the infected birds live. When people get infected with "bird flu" virus, it can cause severe illness and death. Currently, avian influenza H5N1 does not pass easily between people. For more information about “bird flu” in humans, please visit the CDC website.

It is important to remember that HPAI is primarily a production and economic concern for our poultry industry. It is safe to consume properly handled and cooked poultry products, including meat and eggs.
 

Current US Situation as of November 30, 2022

There is ongoing surveillance throughout the US and the world to look for "bird flu" in migratory waterfowl. In the US, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of the Interior, and the US Department of Health and Human Services work together on this surveillance. The highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 strain has been identified in the United States. More information on surveillance and positive results in both domestic and wild birds can be found on the USDA website.

The Arkansas Department of Health works closely with other state partners, including the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, on all animal and human-related public health concerns.

Other Resources

 

What is avian influenza (bird flu)?

Avian influenza, also called bird flu, is caused by a virus that infects birds such as chickens, turkeys, geese, pigeons, and pheasants. The virus is found in an infected bird’s poop as well as fluids from the bird’s eyes, nose, or mouth.

Bird flu doesn’t usually infect people, however, there are a few ways you can get infected. A person can be infected with bird flu if they:

Symptoms of bird flu range from mild eye infections to a flu-like illness. In severe cases, bird flu can cause pneumonia and death.


Who can get bird flu?

Most humans are unlikely to get bird flu. Individuals who work with animals, such as veterinarians, farmers, animal industry experts, and wildlife professionals, or people who visit poultry farms or live-animal markets may be more likely to get infected.


What can people do to prevent bird flu?

There is no vaccine to prevent bird flu, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

If you feel sick and think you may have bird flu, particularly if you have a fever, talk to a healthcare provider and tell them about any contact with birds. Stay away from other people while are sick.


Preparing Food

The Arkansas poultry industry maintains rigorous health and safety standards, including routine monitoring for avian influenza. It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry; there is no concern of avian influenza risk in processed poultry products.

Always properly handle and cook poultry products:

  1. Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often.
  2. Separate: Separate raw meats and poultry from other foods.
  3. Cook: Cook all poultry to 165°F.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate promptly.

For more information, click here.

AMPOQRC Resources

Reports:

State Resources:

National Resources:

National Organizations: 

Arkansas Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Quality Review Committee

The Arkansas Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes Quality Review Committee started with Act 1032 of 92nd General Assembly Regular Session, 2019. The committee is charged with reviewing data on births and developing strategies for improving birth outcomes.

Purpose: The purpose of the Arkansas MPOQRC is to ensure that the maternal and perinatal levels of care classification systems are implemented and maintained in the state of Arkansas with the goal of decreasing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.

Mission: Ensuring the best health outcomes for mothers and newborns.

Vision: all Arkansas families have access to high-quality care for their family members to achieve optimal long-term health and wellness.

Goals:

Reports

​​For questions, please contact ADH MPOQRC.

Project Firstline

What is Project Firstline?

Project Firstline is a nationwide collaboration led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers.

The safety of our healthcare workers is our top priority. The Arkansas Department of Health Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) program and Project Firstline are designed to work directly with frontline healthcare workers to provide knowledge, through free training, and access to resources. The ADH Project Firstline program is here to help ensure that all healthcare workers will be able to adapt and understand infection control principles, protocols, and procedures to protect our community, ourselves, and everyone around to help keep Arkansans healthier and safer.

Your Resource for Infection Control

Infection Prevention and Control are critical for preventing the transmission of infectious diseases in all healthcare settings. Project Firstline is committed to helping anyone working in a healthcare facility to help protect themselves, the community, and their patients from infectious diseases. Preventing germs from spreading in healthcare facilities is most effective when everyone uses infection control practices in a consistent manner.

Explore Project Firstline Training & Education Videos

Training is a key factor of Project Firstline. Regardless of your role or previous training or education, healthcare workers will gain important information from this training that could save your life as well as others.

Here are some of the topics you will learn during the training:

Click here for more information.

Learning Needs Assessment

We invite all healthcare workers in Arkansas to give us information to develop resources to meet infection prevention training needs. The link below will take you to an assessment. Responses are confidential and will be aggregated to inform decisions, development, and delivery of future training to ensure it best meets the needs of you and your colleagues.

Please complete our Learning Needs Assessment.

Register for Webinars

Want to get access to the newest Project Firstline resources? Please provide your contact information at the below link so that we can contact you about the availability of new resources and access to future webinars. The goal of the webinar is to keep you updated on new information as well as any training or information you might have already missed.

Questions? Contact us at adh.projectfirstline@arkansas.gov.

Mpox

Symptoms | Transmission | Prevention | Testing | Treatment |
Vaccines | Vaccine Location Map

 

Mpox call-line: 1-800-803-7847

The first case of Mpox in Arkansas was identified in July 2022.

Cases of Mpox in Arkansas
81 cases among Arkansas residents (last new case 1/8/2024)

 

*For Mpox case data and vaccine locations, click here to visit the data hub*

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of Mpox include fever, headache, muscle pain, and a painful rash that occurs seven to 14 days after exposure. The rash may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, or face

Transmission

Mpox is spread through close contact and can be transmitted to anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity. It can be spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. This can include household and/or intimate contact. Spreading can also occur when contacting contaminated items, such as clothing. It may be transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions; however, it is not an airborne illness.

Mpox is NOT spread through casual, brief conversations or walking by someone with Mpox, like at a grocery store.

Prevention

 

Testing

Contact a healthcare provider right away to talk about diagnosis, testing, and treatment options. If you do not have a health care provider, please contact the ADH call center at 1-800-803-7847 to locate a local health unit near you.

Treatment

Antiviral drugs are also available for the treatment of the illness. Although most cases are self-limiting without treatment, you might need treatment if you have severe disease, are immunocompromised, have a history of atopic dermatitis or other active exfoliative skin conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a concurrent disease or other comorbidities. Decisions about treatment should always be discussed with your medical provider. Treatment can also be used when lesions develop in the eyes, mouth, or other anatomical areas where Mpox virus infection might constitute a special hazard (e.g., the genitals or anus).

Vaccines

There are vaccines available for people who meet the criteria. It is recommended that you talk with your healthcare provider before being vaccinated. The preferred vaccine to protect against Mpox is Jynneos, which is a two-dose vaccine. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose of Jynneos for its immune protection to reach its maximum. The vaccine is not effective once symptoms have started.

 

Vaccine Location Map


For Providers

Testing is currently available through several large commercial laboratories, including LabCorp, Quest, Aegis, Sonic Healthcare, and Mayo Labs. For providers planning to test through a commercial lab, there is no need to contact ADH prior to testing. For providers needing to test through ADH’s Glen F. Baker Public Health Lab, call ADH’s Outbreak Response Section first at 501-537-8969.

Specimen receiving is M-F 8am to 7:30pm at PHL. Specimens can be stored at 2-8 C until ready to ship. 

 

Resources:

Pregnancy & Parenting Resources

We can help you find helpful resources for your pregnancy and parenting.

If you need maternity services or assistance with food for you and your baby and children, ADH local health units can assist you in applying for maternity, WIC, and other services.

There is a health unit in each county. A list of all the health units can be found here. Find the one closest to you and make an appointment to get started with your pregnancy care.

Other helpful resources for a healthy pregnancy and parenting tools:

Information on Housing

Information on Birth Defects

 

Arkansas Violent Death Reporting System

What is the Arkansas Violent Death Reporting System?

Violent death is a major public health issue in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) defines violent death as a death that “results from the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or a group or community.” The Arkansas Violent Death Reporting System (ARVDRS) collects and links key details of violent deaths- the “who, when, where, and how” – and delivers insights into “why” these deaths transpired.

Arkansas received grant funding from the CDC in 2018 to create the ARVDRS. ARVDRS pulls data from law enforcement reports, death certificates, and coroner/medical examiner reports (including toxicology) and logs this data into a de-identified database. These sources individually provide data that explain violence in a fragmented, narrow context, but when linked together, a more comprehensive picture of violent death is created. The purpose of utilizing the ARVDRS is to implement a plan to collect and disseminate accurate, timely, and comprehensive surveillance data on all violent deaths occurring within the state to better guide prevention efforts.

ARVDRS includes deaths that result from:

Resources:

SUDORS (State Unintentional Death Reporting System)

The State Unintentional Drug Overdose Surveillance (SUDORS) is a supplemental program to the NVDRS which is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Overdose Data to Action grant. SUDORS collects detailed information on all fatal overdose deaths in Arkansas.

SUDORS increases the timeliness and comprehensiveness of reporting fatal drug overdoses by capturing information from death certificates, coroner and medical examiner reports, and toxicology reports. These sources include details such as route of administration and risk factors that may be associated with a fatal overdose.  The data collected can be analyzed to provide stakeholders with information on overdose prevention response efforts.

Other Resources:

Office Address Phone Fax
Substance Misuse & Injury Prevention 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 10
Little Rock, AR  72205
501-683-0707 501-682-0427

Substance Misuse Education and Prevention

What is substance misuse?

Substance misuse is the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription, or over-the-counter medication in a way that could be harmful or in a way that they are not intended to be used. A substance can be defined as anything that you put into your body that alters how your brain functions. The misuse of substances regularly can alter the way the brain functions. Commonly misused substances include:

Substance Misuse Education and Prevention

Substance misuse is a serious public health issue in Arkansas. According to provisional data from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Vital Statistics, in 2021, there were 628 drug overdose deaths in Arkansas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 841,000 people have died in the United States since 1999 from a drug overdose. The Substance Misuse Education and Prevention Section at the Arkansas Department of Health was established in the fall of 2017 to help address the opioid epidemic and substance misuse. This section is funded through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Reports

Substance Misuse Data Dashboards

2023

2022: 

Education and Prevention Programs

Resources

Office Address Phone Fax
Substance Misuse & Injury Prevention 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 10
Little Rock, AR  72205
501-683-0707 501-682-0427

Substance Misuse and Injury Prevention

In the fall of 2017, the Arkansas Department of Health engaged in a small reorganization to build capacity to better address the opioid epidemic. A new branch, Substance Misuse and Injury Prevention was created within the Center for Health Protection. The branch united two existing sections, Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). 

Programs

 

Office Address Phone Fax
Substance Misuse & Injury Prevention 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 10
Little Rock, AR  72205
501-671-1449 501-682-0427

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Reports and research show that pregnant and recently pregnant women have a higher risk of more severe illness from COVID-19 than nonpregnant women.

 

The best way to protect yourself and your baby against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness that affects the lungs and breathing. It is caused by a new coronavirus. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, and trouble breathing. COVID-19 may also cause stomach problems, such as nausea and diarrhea, and a loss of your sense of smell or taste. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. Some people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

How does COVID-19 affect pregnant and recently pregnant women?

Reports and research show that pregnant and recently pregnant women have a higher risk of more severe illness from COVID-19 than nonpregnant women. Reports note that:

Reports also note the following for pregnant women with COVID-19:

How can COVID-19 affect a fetus or newborn?     

Reports of COVID-19 infection during pregnancy have shown the following:

After birth, reports have shown the following:

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) strongly recommends vaccination if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to get pregnant. Read COVID-19 Vaccines: Answers From Ob-Gyns to learn more, and talk with your obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) if you have questions.

Key points to remember:

Resources for the Community

Resources for Providers

Project W at the Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect mothers and babies from the consequences of public health emergencies.

Our health department, in collaboration with CDC, is monitoring pregnant women who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 through the end of their pregnancy and monitoring their infants through at least 6 months of age. We report cases of COVID-19 to CDC as part of CDC’s Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network (SET-NET) (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/aboutus/pregnancy/emerging-threats.html). Data collected as part of these efforts can help direct public health action and inform clinical guidance for the care of affected pregnant women and their infants. You can find the latest data on CDC’s webpage on Birth and Infant Outcomes.

Please contact us at 501-280-4830 or email ADH.ProjectW@arkansas.gov with any questions.

Medicaid Provider Appeals

Medicaid providers may request a fair hearing on any decision or action by the Department of Human Services or its reviewers or contractors that adversely affects a Medicaid provider or client regarding receipt of and payment for Medicaid claims and services including but not limited to decisions as to:

Medicaid Provider Fair Hearing requests must be sent to the Arkansas Department of Health, Medicaid Provider Appeals, within 30 calendar days of the date on the notice of adverse action.

You may send your request by mail to:

Medicaid Provider Appeals
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street – Slot 31
Little Rock, AR 72205

Arkansas Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias (AADRD)

 

Defining Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

What are Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias?

Alzheimer’s Disease

Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s in Arkansas

Take Brain Health to Heart

What’s good for your heart and blood vessels is also good for your brain.  Recent studies have shown that risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as physical inactivity and obesity, also contribute to conditions such as memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and reduced cognitive ability.  Older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are more likely than other older adults to have multiple chronic conditions, and Alzheimer’s complicates the management of these conditions, resulting in increased hospitalizations and costs.  The good news is that there are steps you can take that will help your heart and your brain.

10 Ways to Help Improve Your Brain Health

  1. Don’t Use Tobacco
  2. Be Physically Active
  3. Eat a Healthy Diet
  4. Maintain a Healthy Weight
  5. Get Enough Sleep
  6. Stay Engaged
  7. Prevent and Manage High Blood Pressure
  8. Prevent and Manage High Cholesterol
  9. Manage Blood Sugar
  10. If You Drink, Do So in Moderation

Although age, genetics, and family history cannot be changed, other risk factors can be changed or modified to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In fact, the 2020 recommendations of The Lancet Commission on Dementia prevention, intervention and care suggest that addressing modifiable risk factors might prevent or delay up to 40% of dementia cases

The Importance of Caregivers

What are we doing at the Arkansas Department of Health?

The Arkansas Department of Health is an awarded recipient of the CDC Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, Public Law 115-406, for Public Health Programs to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CDC-RFA-20-2004).  BOLD funding is being used to:

Rules

Resources:

Contact:
Jarriel Moore, BA, CBT, CHC
BOLD Program Manager
501-682-6990

Coordinated School Health

**The Coordinated School Health program received funding from the CDC titled (CDC)RFA-DP-23-0002 School-Based Interventions to Promote Equity and Improve Health, Academic Achievement, and Well-Being of Students. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, are committed to bringing you school health content experts to implement health strategies that benefit students, school staff, and the community. We will continue to host quarterly CSH meetings with topics surrounding the WSCC Model and share relevant resources and funding opportunities as they arise.

Our second quarterly meeting of the 2023-24 school year will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 8:30am. You can register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Arkansas has emerged as a leader in Coordinated School Health programs. Across the state, Coordinated School Health is growing, and districts are building school-level health teams. With the help of ACT 1220 of 2003, district and school wellness committees are required to assess themselves using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's School Health Index, completing modules 1-4, 10, and 11, and then use the results to create an improvement plan. The School Health Index results are used to develop their School Health and Wellness Improvement Plan, which is required for accreditation.

Through grant funding from the CDC, free quarterly professional development opportunities are provided for all school personnel based around the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC-pronounced “whisk”) Model.

Coordinated School Health Schools

The 132 districts that participate in Coordinated School Health are innovators in their districts and apply for grants and develop plans to improve school health using the scorecard from their School Health Index. Typically, these schools have a high-functioning wellness committee and a tenacious wellness committee chairperson who attends quarterly CSH meetings regularly. If you work for a district and are ready and willing to implement healthy changes and would like to join us, please email the CSH coordinators to be added to the CSH distribution list. You will receive grant notifications, meeting alerts, webinar alerts, quarterly newsletters, and access to all our partners’ updates and alerts as well.

Arkansas Department of Health, CSH Advisor, Ariel Rogers, (501) 280-4148.

Division of Education and Secondary Education, CSH Advisor, Lisa Mundy, (501) 683-3604.

Visit the Arkansas Coordinated School Health webpage to view previous CSH meeting recordings and resources.

You can review data regarding the youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS )for Arkansas students by clicking here, and School Health Profiles for Arkansas students by clicking here.

 

Funding Opportunities

Joint Use Agreements (JUA)
The Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by Arkansas’ governor and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax. These funds help schools adopt and implement joint use policy which allows schools to form community partnerships to maximize resources while increasing opportunities for physical activity. Funds are available each fiscal year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended. Click here for more information.

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)
School-Based Health Centers are a great way to coordinate campus services to cover the medical and mental health services students need. Each center must provide basic physical and mental health services no matter their ability to pay. Some centers also include dental services on campus or provide campus-linked services to a provider not located on school grounds. This program functions as a collaboration between the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education. The School-Based Health Center funding is a once-a-year competitive grant process where districts can apply for up to $500,000 for a 3-year grant cycle. Former grant cycles lasted 5 years. Click here for more information on School-Based Health Centers.

Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG)
SWAGs are aimed at helping students in 7 - 12th grades learn to advocate for themselves and for healthier campuses. Each year the Arkansas Department of Health funds up to 12 campuses to host SWAGs, providing them with funding, presentations on varying health and advocacy topics, and guidance on advocacy projects in their school, community, or state. For more information about SWAGs click here.

Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC)
Project Prevent is the statewide youth tobacco prevention coalition in Arkansas. For more information on PPYC click here.


Assessment Tools, Data, Resources

State School Health and Wellness

Act 1220 of 2003 created the role of the Act 1220 Coordinator/State School Health and Wellness Coordinator. The Act 1220 Coordinator (State School Health and Wellness Coordinator) works with the 1,102 schools in the 262 districts to ensure the requirements of Act 1220 of 2003 and related state and federal school health mandates are met. The main goal is to lower obesity rates by supporting best practices in food service, nutrition, physical, and health education.

The State School Health and Wellness Coordinator work with school and district wellness committees to help ensure their annual School Health Index (SHI) and School Health and Wellness Improvement Plan are accurately completed and submitted by the October 1st deadline. Also, the Coordinator helps schools in reviewing and updating their School Wellness Policy, provides technical assistance, trainings related to school wellness, and regular updates on school wellness data and reporting.

While the school environment is the primary focus of the State School Health and Wellness Coordinator, the role also works to increase partnerships between communities and their schools. The State School Health and Wellness Coordinator discusses the impacts of student health on academics, long-term health, and community strength. Additionally, communities are encouraged to reach out to local schools to engage in conversations about local school wellness programs and initiatives and how they can support school wellness.

In efforts to increase student driven initiatives in school health and wellness programs, the State School Health and Wellness Coordinator at the Arkansas Department of Health started the Student Wellness Advocacy Group (SWAG) Initiative beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. This program is a partnership between the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) and the Office of School Health Servicestoprovide health education and teach students how to have conversations about their health and how to improve it. Advisors work with SWAG participants to discuss content, projects, and how to use funding.

Arkansas Department of Health, State School Health & Wellness Coordinator: Shanetta Agnew, (501) 280-4889.

Division of Education and Secondary Education, State School Health and Wellness Coordinator: Shy Whitley, (501) 683-3604

Wellness Committee Resources

Assessment Tools for Wellness Committees

Family Resources

School Nutrition Resources

Additional Data Sources

Associated Legislation

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

Downloads:

PDMP - Reports and Resources

Reports

 

Statewide Evaluation of PDMP Data: Results
Statewide Evaluation Conducted 2022-2023 (Dashboard)
Statewide Evaluation Conducted 2022-2023 (pdf)
Annual Reports: 
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
Quarterly Reports
January - March 2020
October - December 2019
July - September 2019
April - June 2019
January - March 2019
October - December 2018
July - September 2018
April -  June 2018
January - March 2018
October - December 2017
July - September 2017
April - June 2017
January - March 2017
October - December 2016
July - September 2016
April - June 2016
January - March 2016
County Maps
2022 Opioid Dispensing Rate
2021 Opioid Dispensing Rate 
2017 County Map Data
2016 County Map Data
2015 County Map Data
2014 County Map Data
2017 County Tables
2017 Benzodiazepine Data
2017 Opiate Data
2017 Stimulant Data
Mortality Reports
2000 - 2016
Other Reports
2020-2022 Prescription and Pill Count Tables 
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Hospitalization Data: 2014

Resources

**Please provide contact information in your email response to our Office.

Office Address Phone Fax
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) 4815 W. Markham St. - Slot 10
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-683-3960 501-682-0427

PDMP - For Healthcare Providers

UPDATE TO REPORTING ANIMAL PRESCRIPTION

Rules/Laws

Per Act 820 of the 2017 Arkansas legislature, ADH is required to post prescribing criteria to the website. Additionally, various licensing boards were required to promulgate rules limiting the amount of Schedule II narcotics that may be prescribed and dispensed by licensees of each applicable board. The boards required to promulgate such rules include Arkansas State Medical Board, Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas State Board of Optometry, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, and the Veterinary Medical Examining Board. The Director of the Department of Health, upon consultation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Committee, decided to post each boards’ promulgated rules as applicable prescribing criteria for the state. They are linked as follows:

What is the PMP Gateway Integration?

Integrating access to the Arkansas PDMP database within an Electronic Health Record (EHR)/Pharmacy Management System (PMS) provides a streamlined clinical workflow for providers. The integration eliminates the need for providers to have to log in separately to the PDMP. Instead, the EHR/PMS automatically initiates a patient search and returns a view of the patient’s controlled substance prescription history report directly within the provider's EHR/PMS.

PMP Gateway is a multi-state query system that provides access to a majority of state PMPs. Bamboo Health, through its PMP Gateway product, facilitates communication, information transfer, integration, and support for the state approval process, and the EHR/PMS vendor development process.

Dispenser Reporting

As mandated, a dispenser is required to report the dispensation of any controlled substance that is schedule II – V as listed on the Arkansas Pharmacy Controlled Substance List to the Arkansas Department of Health Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. A pharmacy is required to report at a frequency of the next business day while a veterinary clinic is required every 30 days.

If no controlled substances were dispensed, then a zero report is required. If a pharmacy does not dispense controlled substances, the pharmacy may apply for a waiver exemption. Please email a completed Pharmacy Waiver form to the AR PDMP to apply.

Tutorials and Guides for the PDMP

User Guides & Best Practices

**Please provide contact information in your email response to our Office.

Office Address Phone Fax
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) 4815 W. Markham St. - Slot 10
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-683-3960 501-682-0427
 

Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee

The Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee was created by Act 412 of 2021. This legislation provides a pathway to full practice authority for Certified Nurse Practitioners (CNP). Legislative changes in 2023 (Act 872) expanded Full Independent Practice to Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS). The Committee accomplishes this by reviewing the applications submitted by CNPs and CNSs who apply for full independent practice authority.

Pursuant to ACA §17-87-314(e) the responsibilities of the Committee are:

Members

The Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee is an eight-member committee created within the Arkansas Department of Health and appointed by the Governor. Committee members serve three-year terms, but not more than two consecutive terms. The committee shall consist of the following members:

The Director of the Arkansas State Medical Board and the Director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing serve as ex officio nonvoting members.

Name Position Appointed
Mitzi Scotten, MD NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fort Smith 9/1/21
Donna Shipley, MD AR College of Osteopathic Medicine – Fort Smith 9/1/21
William Hawkins, MD At-Large 9/23/21
Darlene Byrd, DNP, APRN UAMS 9/1/21
Leonie DeClerk, PhD, DNP, APRN UAMS 9/1/21
Mark Foster, DNP, APRN
Vice Chair
ASU 9/1/21
Julia Ponder, DNP, APRN
Chair
At large 9/1/21


Meetings

Minutes

Resources

Act 412 of 2021 allows a pathway for certified nurse practitioners (CNPs) or clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) to apply for full independent practice after having practiced 6,240 hours under a collaborative practice agreement.

Applications shall be submitted through the Arkansas Nurse Portal. Once all required documents have been received, applications will be sent for review by the Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee (FIPCC). The FIPCC will meet at least quarterly to review applications.

Instructions to Access the Application:

 

Contact Us

Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee
4815 W. Markham St., Slot 75
Little Rock, AR 72205
Email

State Health Assessment Report

OPMQIE | ​Performance Management System | Quality Improvement Plan | Strategic Plan
State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

The State Health Assessment 2020, Arkansas’s Big Health Problems Report provides scientific evidence of the health status of people in Arkansas. It is the foundation upon which the State Health Improvement Plan and the Agency’s Strategic Plan are based. The report is an updated edition of the 2013 publication “Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them”. It is available in print or book versions as well as in PDF format.

The State Health Assessment 2020 Report provides information on the risk factors contributing to poor health outcomes among Arkansans. It also provides public health, health care, and other resources available in the community to help improve the health status of the population.

Access to the full State Health Assessment 2020, as well as specific chapters, can be found here.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Performance

Reports:

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)

The Arkansas Department of Health is actively accepting and onboarding facilities for electronic case reporting. Please contact the Office of Health Information Technology at SHAREhealth@arkansas.gov or call at 501.410.1999.

What is Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)?

Electronic case reporting (eCR) is the automated, real-time exchange of case report information between electronic health records (EHRs) and public health agencies. It moves data quickly, securely, and seamlessly from EHRs in healthcare facilities to state and local public health agencies.

eCR uses a centralized platform that allows systems to communicate with each other in real-time. eCR runs behind the scenes in the EHR to automatically capture and report required information. If the information entered in the EHR matches codes of interest to public health, the data necessary for a public health report are sent to the platform. If the data meet jurisdictional reporting requirements, the report is sent to the appropriate public health agencies for investigation and follow-up.

eCR is a joint effort of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and CDC. These organizations play key roles in leading, implementing, and operating eCR with healthcare organizations, EHR vendors, and public health agencies.

Benefits of Reporting using eCR:

eCR benefits everyone involved in case reporting. It provides timely and more complete data than manual reporting and decreases the burden on both healthcare facilities and public health staff.

For Public Health Agencies:

For Healthcare Providers:

For more information, please click here.

Informacion de Vacunacion - COVID-19

COVID-19 Recursos en Espanol | Pruebas de Deteccion de COVID-19 |
Vacunacion Contra el COVID-19

 

Aunque el desarrollo de la vacuna contra el COVID-19 ha sido un proceso acelerado, la seguridad ha sido la máxima prioridad.

¿Quién es elegible para recibir la vacuna en Arkansas?

Todos los habitantes de Arkansas de 6 meses o mayores ahora son elegibles para recibir la vacuna.

¿Cómo puedo obtener la vacuna?

Los residentes de Arkansas elegibles pueden programar una cita con un proveedor de vacunas. Las clínicas y eventos de vacunación pueden estar disponibles en su área a través de hospitales, proveedores de atención médica, o en su lugar de trabajo.

Pruebas de Deteccion de COVID-19

COVID-19 Recursos en Espanol | Plan de Vacunacion - COVID-19

Pruebas

Si tienen fiebre, tos, o dificultad para respirar o si cree que ha estado expuesto a COVID-19, llame anticipadamente a su médico o solicite una cita para hacerse la prueba en la Unidad Local de Salud. Las pruebas están disponibles.

Haga un clic en el mapa para encontrar Unidades Locales de Salud que pertenecen al Departamento de Salud de Arkansas, para hacerse pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas.

Use el mapa que se encuentra abajo para encontrar un lugar que ofrece pruebas cerca de usted. En las Unidades Locales de Salud, las cuales se encuentran marcadas en rojo, las pruebas son gratuitas y no se requiere tener seguro médico. Llame primero para hacer una cita.

Arkansas State Medical Board

Mission

The Medical Board's mission is to protect the public and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the practices of Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Radiology Practitioner Assistants, and Radiologist Assistants, Licensed Genetic Counselors and registration of Surgical Assistants and Medical Corporations.

Announcements

Services

For the Practitioner

Continuing Medical Education

Resources

COVID-19 Information

 

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Medical Board Victory Building
1401 West Capitol, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR
Office: 501-296-1802
Fax: 501-603-3555

Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission is a health-related agency of the state of Arkansas, established by Act 311 of 1975 and administered in accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated (ACA ) 20-8-201 – 206.​ Click here to view the Legislative Mandate Arkansas Code Annotated (ACA).

Our Mission

The Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission will administer a statewide program to identify and meet the unique and lifelong needs of people with spinal cord disabilities in Arkansas.

Our Purpose

To assist Arkansans with spinal cord disabilities in living as independently as they choose.

Our Goals

  1. Provide effective Case Management services to all eligible clients to improve independence and function.
  2. Conduct comprehensive consumer-driven service programs to meet client needs.
  3. Provide education and resources to individuals with spinal cord disabilities, their families, health care professionals, and the general public.
  4. Research the specialized needs, issues, trends, services, and health care resource utilization of individuals with spinal cord disabilities and make recommendations for change.
  5. Identify state, federal, and private funding sources to access additional funds for the provision of client services, research, and innovative program development.
  6. Network with state, federal, public and private agencies to coordinate services and resources and to advocate for the needs of people with spinal cord disabilities.
  7. Operate the Arkansas Spinal Cord Disability Registry, promoting optimal and timely reporting, surveillance, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of registry information.
  8. Disseminate the results of ASCC spinal cord disability registry analysis and other research projects to compare with other states, systems, and national data.
  9. Utilize sound organizational management plan to assure effective, efficient fiscal, personnel, and programmatic services.
  10. Market and promote the activities and services of the Commission and the successes of our clients.

About Us


Commission Meetings

Five (5) members are appointed by the Governor of Arkansas for terms of ten (10) years.  The members of the commission shall be either spinal cord injury victims themselves, members of the immediate families of spinal cord injured victims, or persons with special knowledge of and experience with spinal cord injuries and dysfunctions who have demonstrated active involvement and interest in the fight against death and disability due to spinal cord injury and dysfunction.

Regular meetings are held quarterly in February, May, and August on the last Tuesday of the month and in November on the third Tuesday of the month except when changed by the majority.

Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson or requested by a majority of the members as needed with three business days' notice to members in order to transact only business stated in the notice.

Upcoming Meetings:


Publications & Reports (for any publications older than 2023, contact the Commission office)

Annual Reports: 2023

NewslettersFall 2023

Manuals:


Resources:

 

Office hours: M-F 8am - 4:30pm

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission Freeway Medical Building - Suite 108
5800 W 10th St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-296-1788
1-800-459-1517
501-296-1787

 

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OHIT - SHARE

Patient medical information has historically been stored on paper in filing cabinets at various medical offices. In recent years, many clinics and hospitals have shifted from paper charts to electronic health records. More than 37 percent of office-based physicians in Arkansas implemented an EHR system in 2011(according to the Department of Health & Human Services), and the adoption of EHR systems continues to grow. In 2013, all Arkansas hospitals are using an EHR system, and experts estimate that more than 60 percent of office-based Arkansas physicians currently use an EHR system.

A digital health care infrastructure provides many benefits over paper systems. But just like paper charts, electronic health records are stored within a clinic or hospital system and are rarely shared with your other providers. As a result, your doctors seldom have access to all your health information, which they need to give you the best care possible.

The Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is a state-wide health information exchange (HIE) that solves this problem. SHARE allows participating doctors, nurses, specialists, health services professionals, and public health authorities to access and securely exchange with each other real-time, electronic patient information that is protected by federal and state privacy and security laws.

SHARE provides health information in a standardized electronic format and enables medical data to follow patients rather than being housed in separate physician’s offices or within a single hospital system. SHARE can greatly improve the completeness of patient’s records, which can have a major effect on care as medical history, current medications, and other information is reviewed during visits.

Appropriate, timely sharing of vital patient information through SHARE can better inform decision-making at the point of care and allow providers to:

Participating SHARE providers have access to their patients’ lab results, X-ray reports, medication allergies, and other vital information. By viewing health histories in SHARE, health care providers will have more complete medical information to provide high-quality care and coordinate treatment with other health care providers.

Click here for OHIT-SHARE full website.

Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

**New Fees begin July 1, 2023

The Social Work Licensing Board was created by Act 791 of 1981 for the purpose of regulating the practice of social work in Arkansas

The mission of the Social Work Licensing Board is to protect the public by setting standards of qualification, training, and experience for those who seek to represent themselves to the public as social workers and by promoting high standards of professional performance for those engaged in the practice of social work.

Online Services

Laws & Rules

Laws and Rules of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board.

*Dates the notice is running October 20-22, 2023
*End of public comment November 20, 2023

The Board meets on the second Monday of each month in The Freeway Medical Building at 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, AR. The meetings are open to the public.

Click here for a list of the scheduled board meetings/hearings for 2024.

Please note: Meeting times and dates may be subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep the most current information available.

The deadline for submitting documentation for review at a Board meeting is always Thursday before the meeting. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted at https://portal.arkansas.gov on the Public Meeting Calendar Page.

Continuing Education

Social Workers must complete thirty (30) hours of social work continuing education during the two-year license period to be eligible for license renewal. 

Social Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined as those formalized activities that are directed at developing and enhancing an individual's social work knowledge base and service delivery skills in the applicable area of planning and administration, education, research, or direct service with individual, couples, families, and groups. These activities may include short academic courses, audit courses in colleges and universities, independent study courses, internet courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and lectures oriented toward the enhancement of social work practice, values, skills, and knowledge. 

The Board does not have the capacity to pre-approve all continuing workshops. It is the licensee's responsibility, using his/her professional judgment, to determine the workshops that are applicable and appropriate to his/her professional development as a social worker. The continuing education guidelines may be found here.

Forms

Pdf Forms below require the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader to View or Print. Forms that are not available for download or submission on the internet must be obtained by contacting the Board office at swlb@arkansas.gov.

Complaints and Disciplinary Actions

The Board is authorized to receive complaints against licensees or applicants from any person. A complaint form may be obtained from the board office or this website. The Board may in its own motion, in the absence of a written complaint, initiate its own complaint and conduct an investigation of a suspected violation if reasonable cause exists to believe a violation has occurred.

Click Here for Licensing Information and FAQs

Other Resources​

Staff:

Kristen Allen, Director of the Board
Chere' Johnson, Administrative Specialist III

Office Address Phone
Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board

Mailing:
P.O. Box 251965
Little Rock, Arkansas 72225

Physical:
Freeway Medical Tower Building
5800 West 10th St., Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72204

Office:(501) 372-5071
Fax: (501) 372-6301

Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians

The Board is charged with administering, coordinating, and enforcing the Ophthalmic Dispensing Act codified at Ark. Code Ann. 17-89-101 et seq. "Ophthalmic Dispensing" includes the preparation of laboratory work orders, verification and dispensing of spectacle lenses, spectacles, eyeglasses, or parts thereof to the intended wearer, on written prescription from ophthalmologists or optometrists. More detail is provided in Ark. Code 17-89-102 (1)(A)&(B).

The Board's duties include evaluating qualifications to take the licensing examination, establishing the format and content of the examination, and administering the written and practical examination for licensed dispensing opticians. The Board then issues a certificate of licensure or certificate of registry to those applicants who successfully meet the qualifications and pass the examination.

The Board investigates complaints, allegations, and charges of practices that violate the provisions of the Ophthalmic Dispensing Act and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the Act. These complaints are against licensed dispensing opticians and against a business that is acting as licensed dispensing opticians without being licensed.

The Board compiles and maintains a book of licensure and registry of all Dispensing Opticians who are licensed are registered to engage in the business of ophthalmic dispensing in the State.

The Board promulgates rules which establish which acts shall constitute improper conduct and grounds for revocation or suspension of a license or registry or for refusal to renew a license or registry. It also promulgates rules and regulations conforming to the policies of the Act for the purpose of carrying into effect the purpose of the Act. This includes establishing ethical standards of ophthalmic dispensing practices, application procedures, and procedures for investigating complaints.

The Board registers apprentice dispensing opticians who work with licensed or registered opticians.

The duties and functions of the Board are listed completely in Ark. Code Ann. 17-89-203.

Forms & Publications

Resources:

The Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians’ licensed and apprentice certificates must be renewed annually by July 1st. Pursuant to Board Rule 144.00.1-11. Annual Renewal, Licensees must obtain four (4) hours of the required continuing education in even-numbered years (2020).

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas State Board of Dispensing Opticians
Contact: Jerry Himes, Secretary-Treasurer
P.O. Box 627
Helena, AR 72342
870-572-2847
Cell: 601-954-1278
870-572-2847

ASBEADAC - Licensure Information

A two-tier licensure system is currently available.  The most significant difference in the level of licensure relates to the level of education:

  1. Licensed Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) – holds a masters degree in the health or behavioral sciences field or another appropriate field from an accredited college or university;
  2. Licensed Associate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADAC)  – holds a baccalaureate degree in the health or behavioral sciences field or another appropriate field from an accredited college or university;

All applications are reviewed by the Credentialing Committee and presented to the Board for approval at the next regularly scheduled meeting following receipt of all required documents.

Relicensure Information

Arkansas State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

“This Board is authorized by Arkansas Code Annotated section 17-27-401 to 416 to license alcoholism and drug abuse counselors and to regulate such licensees to protect the public from unqualified or unprofessional persons holding themselves out to the public to be licensed alcoholism and drug abuse counselors. The Board is also authorized to investigate complaints and sanction licensed alcoholism and drug abuse counselors who violate the rules or ethics code of the Board.”

Our mission is to protect the public by upholding the standards of practice for alcoholism and drug abuse counselors.

On behalf of the members of the Board and staff, we hope these web pages will prove to be a useful tool for both the public and for certified and licensed alcohol and drug abuse personnel.

For individuals seeking licensure in the State of Arkansas, click here.

About Us

I. Purpose
This Scope of Practice Statement is intended to provide a definition of professional alcoholism and drug abuse counselor’s rights and responsibilities and to distinguish this profession from other behavioral healthcare professionals.

II. Introduction
Alcohol and drug abuse counseling is the application of general counseling theories and treatment methods adapted to specific alcohol and drug theory and research, for the express purpose of treating persons with alcohol and other drug problems and persons with co-occurring psychiatric disorders within our diverse society.

III. Foundations of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
The practice of alcohol and drug counseling is based on the following knowledge:

  1. Pharmacology and psychopharmacology of alcohol and drugs (drugs of abuse and drugs used in the treatment of addictions and other psychiatric disorders).
  2. Addiction processes including models and theories of addiction; the social and cultural context of addiction; the biological, psychological, and social effects of addiction; and the differentiation and interrelations of addiction from other medical and psychological conditions.
  3. Various treatment models and methods including models of treatment, relapse prevention, and continuing care; the impact of treatment on problems associated with addiction; co-occurring psychiatric disorders; the importance of community, social, family and self-help systems.
  4. Practical application including use of interdisciplinary approaches and teams in treatment; assessment and diagnostic criteria; appropriate use of treatment modalities; adapting treatment strategies to a patient’s individual characteristics and needs; and the use of other resources in securing the best available services for the patient.
  5. Professional standards of practice including recognizing the needs of diverse populations relating to issues of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders; adherence to ethical and professional standards of conduct; commitment to continuing education and clinical supervision; awareness of policies and procedures for patients and staff safety; an understanding of etiology, treatment and prevention; and the clinical application of current research in alcohol and drug treatment.

IV. Scope of Practice
The practice of alcohol and drug counseling consists of the activities listed below. The practice of these activities will conform to the individual’s level of training, education, and supervised experience.

1. Clinical Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol Issues
1.1 Screening of Alcohol and Drug Problems
1.2 Assessment of Alcohol and Drug Problems
1.3 Screening for the presence of other Psychiatric Disorders
1.4 Diagnosis of Alcohol and Drug Problems
2. Treatment Planning
2.1 Case Management
2.1.1 Implementing the Treatment Plan
2.1.2 Consulting
2.1.3 Continuing Assessment and Treatment Planning
2.2 Referral
2.3 Cultural Diversity
2.4 Patient Advocacy
3. Counseling
3.1 Individual Counseling
3.2 Group Counseling
3.3 Family Counseling
4. Education and Prevention
4.1 Patient
4.2 Family
4.3 Community
5. Documentation
6. Professional and Ethical Standards
 

Board Meetings:

Resources:

Office Address Phone Email
Arkansas State Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

4815 West Markham
Mail Slot 42A
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-295-1100
Fax: 501-251-1151

sbeadac@gmail.com

Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling

Welcome To The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy.

The Board of Examiners is here to help you pursue a professional license to practice in Arkansas. Our web pages provide access to application forms, licensure protocol, laws, rules, disciplinary procedures, rosters of practitioners and supervisors, and other helpful information that will assist you in your chosen career.

The Board also invites comments and questions from consumers. If you wish to locate a counselor, or if you have questions or concerns about the professionals who serve the citizens of our state, you can find it on this website.
We hope you will visit our website often to stay current on the latest developments pertaining to your pursuits. Feel free to contact us with any ideas or suggestions for improving our service.

To read more, visit the BOARD INFORMATION section.
 

Applicants | Licensees | License Search & Verification | Complaints

 

Important Notices

Laws, Rules, and Codes of Ethics

The enabling legislation of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling is codified in Arkansas Code Annotated §17-27—101 et seq. and it provides for the licensure and regulation of Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists; and the individuals who are allowed to use the titles “licensed professional counselor”, “licensed associate counselor”, “licensed marriage and family therapist”, and “licensed associate marriage and family therapist”. The Act is both title and practice.

The Board of Examiners in Counseling shall, in all deliberations and in all adopted Rules, diligently pursue goals most consistent with the public interest and protection of the public welfare and shall, at all times, apply the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated § 17-27-101, et seq. and the Rules in a fair and impartial manner.

Document Library

Applicant Information

Thank you for your interest in Arkansas licensure. Please click the link below to establish access to the applicant portal if you are interested in submitting an application for any of the below:

Click here for the Applicant Portal.

Licensee Information

Please click here to access your online license profile.

 

Board Information 

Board's History and Organization

2024 Upcoming Meetings: All board meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

Meeting Minutes (For any meeting minutes older than 2022, contact the Board's office)

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Counseling

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, AR  72201

501-683-5800

ASBCE - Procurers

ACT 513 of 2013 went into effect on Friday, 8/16/2013.

17-81-107. Use of a procurer.
    (a) As used in this section:
        (1) (A) "Procurer" means a person or entity who for pecuniary benefit procures or attempts to procure a client, patient, or customer by directly contacting the client, patient, or customer in person, by telephone, or by electronic means at the direction of, request of, employment of, or in cooperation with a chiropractic physician.
                (B) "Procurer" does not include a provider or a person that procures or attempts to procure a client, patient, or customer for a provider through public media or a person that refers a client, patient, or customer to a provider as otherwise authorized by law; and
        (2) "Public media" means telephone directories, professional directories, newspapers and other periodicals, radio and television, billboards, and mailed or electronically transmitted written or visual communications that do not involve in-person or direct contact with specific prospective clients, patients, or customers.
    (b) A chiropractic physician who uses a procurer is required to:
        (1) Have a written contract with the procurer or procurement company with whom the chiropractic physician engages; and
        (2) Register the name of any procurer with whom the chiropractic physician contracts with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. [Acts 2013, No. 513, § 3].

17-81-108. Rulemaking and enforcement. -The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners shall establish rules to enforce the requirements of this chapter. [Acts 2013, No. 513, § 3].

D. ADVERTISING BY CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIANS.
    9. Telephone communication including advertising/marketing. Any agent, procurer, contractor, or employee communicating with a prospective patient on behalf of a chiropractic physician shall disclose how the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee obtained the prospective patient's information. The agent, procurer, contractor, or employee must communicate his or her legal name and the name of the particular chiropractic physician on whose behalf the communication is being made, that he or she is an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee of the particular chiropractic physician. Unless such communication of the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee is true and evidence of the same is on file with the Board, the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee shall not state that he or she practices or is employed as attorney, insurance adjuster, chiropractor, and is not employed in the fields of law, health care, law enforcement, private investigation, or insurance.
        (a) When direct in-person solicitation is made by an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee of the chiropractor, in addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph 9, the agent, procurer, contractor, or employee shall show the person being solicited a photo ID with their legal name and the name of the chiropractic physician on whose behalf the solicitation is being made, and shall dispense a professional card bearing his or her legal name, and the name, address, and telephone number of the licensed chiropractic physician on whose behalf the solicitation is being made. Such professional card shall be provided to the person being solicited at the beginning of the encounter, and shall be left with the person regardless of whether the person being solicited accepts the solicitation request.
        (b) The licensee employing an agent, procurer, contractor, or employee for purposes of soliciting new patients shall file, in a format approved by the board, a registration form an a copy of the procurers' driver's license or state issued ID before the procurer acts on the chiropractor's behalf. Each procurer registration shall terminate on December 31. The chiropractic physician shall register each procurer annually. The chiropractor is required to provide the board with updated procurer registration information, should any of it change during the year. All registered phone numbers and pictures of the procurers will be made public on the board's website to be as transparent as possible. The chiropractic physician is responsible to the Board for the content of the contact, including prohibited statements made or required statements not made, as well as for any action that is foreseeable in a telephone or in-person encounter.
                (1) Telephone solicitation/marketing of victims of accidental injury and which are conducted on behalf of chiropractic physicians shall be made in substantial conformance to a written script which is considered by the Board to have been specifically approved by the chiropractic physician. The chiropractic physician shall be required to maintain such scripts for a period of two (2) years following their utilization. Scripts are to be made available for review upon request by this Board or its designee.
                (2) Agents, procurers, contractors, or employees of chiropractic physicians who solicit victims of accidental injury shall keep a log of all solicitation calls made, including at minimum the name and phone number of the person being solicited, the date and time of the phone call.

ASBCE - Continuing Education

License Information

AR Approved Continuing Education

Upcoming CE courses for 2023:

The CE rosters are in order by the sponsor name and each sponsor begins on a new page. You can scroll through the document or you can do a search/find (Ctrl + f) to look for something specific. Also provided are rosters by the course start date for easier access to what is coming up each month.


Continuing Education - Licensure Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the chiropractor to obtain the certificate of attendance and mail it to the Board office with the license renewal during the license renewal period.

In compliance with provisions of the Arkansas Chiropractic Practices Act, each licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, practicing in this State, must annually submit evidence to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners of having satisfactorily completed not less than twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education, acquired during the preceding twelve (12) months, conducted by an approved chiropractic college, institution or at the approved educational course, program or seminar. A maximum of twelve (12) distance-based learning credit hours may be submitted by a licensee during each licensing period. See Rules and Regulations Section E(3).


Sponsor Information

Application for Continuing Education Credit Approval.

The following steps must be followed when submitting a request for continuing education credit approval to the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners:

Mail the completed form, accompanying information, and processing fee(s) to:

Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
ATTN: Continuing Education
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 209
Little Rock, AR 72201

ASBCE - Applicants

Chiropractic AidesChiropractic Student PreceptorshipTemporary License

All applications can be found and submitted here.
*DO NOT USE A Mobile devise or iPad.

 

ASBCE does not reciprocate with any other states.
 

Application for Licensure Information

NBCE Parts I, II, III, IV & the Physiological Therapeutic section are mandatory effective July 1, 2016.

The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners offers a new doctor orientation four times a year. January, April, July, and October. The new doctor orientation is a prerequisite to licensure.

Applicants that have NOT graduated from Chiropractic College:

If you are an Active Military member stationed in Arkansas or a Veteran or the spouse of one, please submit the Military Expedite form with your license application. You may need to upload this form to your online application.

Please complete the License Application and if remitting payment by check, mail fees to::

ASBCE
101 East Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Chiropractic Aides

Ark. Code Ann. § 17-81-102(4) 'Chiropractic aide' means an unlicensed member of the chiropractic team who may assist a chiropractic physician in the performance of those procedures and techniques constituting the practice of chiropractic as defined in this chapter with the exception of spinal manipulation and adjustment, provided that such assistance shall be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed chiropractic physician.

Code Ark. R. 029.00.2-E(2)

ADH Radiologic Technology
ACRRT

 

Chiropractic Student Preceptorship Information

The Preceptorship program has been established in order to allow chiropractic students in the final clinical phase of their training to practice under the direct, on-site, supervision of a chiropractor licensed in this state.

Preceptor(supervisor) Application to be submitted to the board can be found on the application link at the top of this page.

 

Temporary License Information

Fees - made payable to the ASBCE:

An applicant may apply for a temporary license once a COMPLETED application for licensure is on file with the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Temporary license applications are voted on by the full Board.

Supervised Temporary License

After a temporary license holder has received approval from the Board, he may perform any acts or practices that a licensed Arkansas Chiropractor may do, as long as it is under the supervision of the supervising Chiropractor who must remain on the premises when these acts or practices are being performed.

Upon satisfactory evidence being submitted to the Board as to an applicant's ability and integrity and when no regular examination will be held within thirty (30) days from the date of an application for a temporary license, the board may, if approved by at least two-thirds of the membership of the Board, issue to the applicant a permit to practice until the next regular meeting of the Board.

Supervising Doctor Requirements:

Unsupervised Temporary License

The Board may at its discretion, issue a temporary license to a Doctor of Chiropractic who holds a current license in another state, to practice in Arkansas until his next scheduled examination and exempt him/her from any supervisory requirement.

Please complete the Temporary License Application on the application link at the top of this page, and if paying by check, mail check to:

ASBCE
101 E. Capitol Ave., Ste. 209
Little Rock, AR 72201.

 

Chiropractic Externship Information

The Externship program has been established in order to allow chiropractic graduates, who are still attempting to pass their National Boards, to practice under the direct, on-site, supervision of a chiropractor licensed in this state.

Please complete the Extern and Supervisor applications on the application link at the top of this page.

ASBCE - Licensees

ASBCE - Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes:

​​For minutes older than 2021, contact the Board's office.

Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners

The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners was created by Act 126 of 1915, as a regulatory board to:

The Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners provides access to resources and other information on this Web Site as a public service. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that all electronic information made available is current, complete, and accurate, the ASBCE does not warrant or represent that this information is current, complete, and accurate. All information is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. The Agency assumes no responsibility for any damages incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents of this site.

Calendar: Below are the dates of meetings and deadlines for application materials.

Board Meetings: To request an item be included on a board meeting agenda, please submit the request in writing to the Board office.
Date Time Agenda Item Request Due
tbd 9am tbd
Deadlines for all application documents (including background check forms)
tbd
Staff
Elizabeth Jones, Director
vacant, Administrative Analyst
Board Members
Note: Please call the Board office for any questions you might have. (501) 682-9015.

         

File a Complaint:

The Chiropractic Board is empowered by law to enact, interpret, and apply rules and regulations governing the conduct of individuals licensed under the State of Arkansas Chiropractic Practice Act.

Any person or legal entity may file a complaint or report a violation to the board. Such complaints may be submitted in writing, along with the ASBCE Uniform Complaint Form, and should state facts, which indicate possible misconduct by the licensee. The board may act on its own initiative if evidence of misconduct comes to the attention of the board.

A complaint may also be filed through the online complaint portal HERE.

When filing a complaint give full details, which should include facts, details, and dates. Attach all billing document records, correspondence, and contracts.

If the doctor is licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners a letter is mailed to the doctor along with a copy of the complaint requesting a response within ten days. Upon receiving a letter of response from the doctor the investigation committee determines whether further investigation is warranted or whether an informal disposition may be attempted by settlement, consent, agreement, or for lack of sufficient probable cause.

Upon completion of an investigation, the Board investigation committee determines whether a disciplinary hearing should be scheduled to resolve the issue.

The licensee has a right to a fair hearing. Procedures, which protect the licensee's rights, while allowing the board to conscientiously enforce its rules, are essential to an effective disciplinary environment.

Resources:

Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners 101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 209
Little Rock, AR  72201
(501) 682-9015 Business
(501) 682-9016 Fax (currently not working)
(866) 257-8277 Toll Free

 

PANS/PANDAS

What is PANDAS?

According to the National Institutes of Health, PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when:

The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor or vocal tics or both and obsessions, compulsions, or both. In addition to these symptoms, children may become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.

Resources:

POLST - Resources

Questions or comments for AR POLST may be emailed to arpolst@hpcaa.org

Advance Care Planning

POLST - Advance Directives

There are three advance care planning documents:

Advance Directive

This is a legal document that states what kinds of treatment should be given to us when we can no longer make decisions or speak for ourselves. It only goes into effect if we are terminally ill or have lost decision-making capacity, and it is usually completed in advance of any known illness. We complete it ourselves (no one else may complete the form for you), and unless there are other known facts, it must be honored. To become valid, it must include the signatures of two witnesses. All adults should have an Advance Directive.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

This legal document authorizes someone chosen by an individual (called an ‘agent’) to make decisions on their behalf if they are no longer able to speak for themselves.  The agent makes decisions on behalf of the patient which is aligned with their known or stated preferences for ongoing medical care.

AR POLST does not replace the above forms but can be used to operationalize the directives of the living will.  

Advance Care Planning Resource for Patient & Families

The Center for Practical Bioethics shares The Caring Conversations® Workbook to guide you, your family, and your friends through the process of advance care planning with a highly individualized focus. The Workbook includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions form as well.

Click here to access.

POLST - Forms & Directions

Providers

AR POLST form is available through the Arkansas Department of Health website. Changes to the form are made through the legislative process.

Click here to download the current AR POLST form.

AR POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is an easily identifiable pink document that translates a patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences for end-of-life care into a physician order that transfers across AR health care settings.  The AR POLST form represents a “plan of care” for a patient with a life-limiting illness and is modeled after the Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm which is used in many states. 

The document should be completed after a thorough discussion with the patient, and if the patient is incapacitated, by his/her legal health care representative* regarding the patient’s understanding of the illness, treatment preferences, values, and goals of care.  Completion of an AR POLST form encourages communication between doctors and patients, enables patients to make informed decisions, and clearly documents these decisions to other physicians and health care professionals.  As a result, AR POLST can help ensure that a patient’s wishes are honored, prevent unwanted or non-beneficial treatments, and reduce patient and family stress regarding decision-making.

AR POLST does not replace an advance directive for health care but can be used to operationalize the directives of the living will.

The AR POLST form is an essential part of health information records that travels with the patient as he/she moves from one health care setting to another. A copy should always be kept in the patient’s chart or medical record and be immediately accessible by other health care providers as necessary across care settings.   

An AR POLST form may be revoked/voided at any time by the patient or legal proxy.

Please click here for a detailed video describing AR POLST.
Please click here to learn about physician and nurse practitioner billing for ACP discussions.

Compliance with AR POLST

In some cases, physicians have been hesitant to follow AR POLST orders without first reassessing the person’s wishes in the current clinical situation. However, the AR POLST form states that the orders on AR POLST form should be followed until a review is completed by the accepting health care professional.  The AR POLST form should be followed even if the physician who has signed the document is not on the medical staff of the facility.

Health care institutions are encouraged to develop policies and procedures for the use of AR POLST.

The Impact of AR POLST

Research has shown that documents like AR POLST are making a difference in end-of-life care.  It serves as a useful tool for starting a dialogue with patients regarding their wishes about end-of-life care.

Studies in states that have POLST available have revealed that among patients with completed POLST documents, treatment preferences were respected 98% of the time, and no one received unwanted CPR, intubation, intensive care, or feeding tubes. As a result, POLST has helped to bridge the gap between preferred treatment options and the actual treatments patients receive.

Heart Disease Maps

 

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

 

Mission

To assure all minority Arkansans equitable access to preventive health care and to seek ways to promote health and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations.

The Commission supports its mission through:

Vision

The AMHC’s vision is that minority Arkansans have equal opportunity and access to health care and preventive well care. 

Goals

Our goal is to be a catalyst in bridging the gap in the health status of the minority population and that of the majority population in Arkansas. To accomplish this, the commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within our healthcare system, and making recommendations to relevant agencies, the Governor, and the state legislature.

Forms

Initiatives

Upcoming Events

Resources

Key Partners

 

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Minority Health Commission 5800 W. 10th St.
Suite 805
Little Rock, AR 72204
501-686-2720
1-800-264-2826
501-686-2722

Connect With Us: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Purpose | Vision | Mission | Goals
 

The Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee (AMMRC) began with the passage of Act 829 of 92nd General Assembly Regular Session, 2019. The AMMRC was developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Building US Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths and is modeled after well-established review committees in the United States.

To improve maternal health outcomes, you must begin with understanding the factors that contribute to maternal mortality. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) established inter-and intra-agency agreements to identify maternal deaths and to access records to facilitate committee review. Through data collection and analysis of clinical factors, preventability, and social determinants, the AMMRC seeks to identify factors that lead to poor maternal health outcomes and to make recommendations that will decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

Membership

The AMMRC is a multidisciplinary committee whose members represent the state of Arkansas. The members consist of various specialties, facilities, and systems that interact with and impact maternal health.

The members are appointed by the Arkansas Secretary of Health and consist of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine, anesthesiology, nursing, psychiatry, mental/behavior health, nurse midwifery, public health, hospital association, patient advocacy, and more.  Recruitment of new AMMRC members occurs as needed.

All AMMRC members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive compensation for participation in the review process. ADH Family Health Branch maintains an internal workgroup to provide administrative support for the committee.

Resources

Resources for Committee Members

Reports

What is maternal mortality?

In understanding maternal mortality or deaths, several terms exist depending on what and who the term is being used for (i.e., surveillance and reporting, public education, grant applications, etc.). Below are a few common terms and definitions:

Scope

The scope of cases for Arkansas review is all pregnancy-associated deaths or any deaths of women during pregnancy or up to 365 days after pregnancy ends. In July 2020, committee members set forth exclusion criteria for abstraction (i.e., motor vehicle accidents and out-of-state residents). Deaths are identified from a review of death certificates, based on the cause of death, a pregnancy check box selection, or linkage of vital records by searching death certificates of women of reproductive age and matching them to birth or fetal death certificates in the year of or the year prior to the woman’s death.

Purpose

The purpose of the AMMRC is to identify and characterize maternal deaths with the goal of identifying prevention opportunities.

Vision

To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans by eliminating preventable maternal deaths in Arkansas.

Mission

Optimize health for all Arkansans to achieve maximum personal, economic, and social impact.

Goals

The goals of the AMMRC are to:

Quarterly Meetings

The AMMRC meets quarterly to review select cases and make recommendations about each case based on the case narrative and abstracted data. These are closed meetings. Members of the public or press will not be allowed at AMMRC meetings. If members of the public or press show up uninvited at a meeting, they will be notified that the AMMRC meetings are not open to the public and will be asked to leave. Members of the public or press will be offered the opportunity to engage with ADH staff about the work at a separate time outside of the AMMRC meetings. The committee examines the cause of death and contributing factors. This multidisciplinary group assembled for the first official meeting in January 2020.

For questions, please contact: ADH-AR.Maternal.Mortality.Review@arkansas.gov

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics & Locations

Arkansans ages 6 months or older are eligible to receive an updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine.

There is still no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine. People should bring their insurance cards to the clinic, as the vaccine provider may bill the insurance for the cost of administration. If you do not have insurance, the vaccine will be available at no charge. Changes to payment for COVID-19 vaccines are likely to occur in the autumn of 2023.

To get information about a vaccine provider near you see the map and table below. You can also find locations by going to vaccines.govWe recommend you contact the provider by phone ahead of time to see if an appointment is needed.
 


Use the map or table below to contact your local pharmacy or provider to ask about getting the vaccine.

All Arkansas Department of Health Local Health units are COVID-19 Vaccination locations. Click here for your local health unit. 

A registration code is not required by ADH.


 

 
D.W. Reynolds Library Conference Room, 900 W Daisy L. Gaston Bates D

COVID-19 Information On Therapeutics

Test to Treat Locator

 

Monoclonal Antibodies

Early treatment and post-exposure prophylaxis

Monoclonal antibody treatment can be used in people 12 years of age and older who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kg) who are at high risk for severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death for:

**1/25/22, the government announced no further shipments of BAM/ETE or REGEN-COV for current and future cycles. FDA no longer recommends the use of Regeneron-COV and BAM/ETE. Please see this link for the latest update regarding therapeutics.

**4/5/2022 Sotrovimab is no longer authorized to treat COVID-19 in any U.S. region due to increases in the proportion of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant.

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-sotrovimab-emergency-use-authorization

**NOTE**:  No product returns will be accepted at this time; HHS has directed all facilities to keep their stock on hand until we receive further guidance.

Oral antivirals

Ritonavir boosted nirmatrelavir (Paxlovid) and molnupiravir (Lagevrio) were approved under EUA by the FDA for treatment of early COVID 19 infection. These treatments should be given within the first 5 days of symptom onset.  

Paxlovid and molnupiravir may only be prescribed for an individual patient by physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants that are licensed or authorized under state law to prescribe drugs in the therapeutic class to which these drugs belong (i.e., anti-infectives).

Available COVID-19 Antivirals are covered by most insurance, typically resulting in no out-of-pocket expense.

**ORAL ANTIVIRAL TREATMENTS ARE DRIVE-THRU OR CURBSIDE ONLY! PLEASE DO NOT ENTER STORES!** 

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis

A new monoclonal antibody (tixagevimab/cilgavimab) for the prevention of COVID-19 has been authorized by the FDA under EUA that may be used in immunocompromised patients and patients who have a medical contraindication to receiving a vaccine for COVID-19. Medical conditions or treatments that may result in moderate to severe immune compromise and an inadequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination include but are not limited to:

 

 
 

Public Health Reporting

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement

Please click here or use the link below to submit a COVID-19 provider agreement form to the Arkansas Department of Health. You can also print a CDC provider agreement form here to help you gather the necessary information, but you must enter the data into the electronic form in order to submit it to ADH.

The video below has additional information about the process.

 
 

Office of Performance Management Quality Improvement and Evaluation (OPMQIE)

Performance Management System | Quality Improvement Plan | Strategic Plan
State Health Assessment | State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

 

  

“By improving both performance and quality, public health systems save lives, cut costs, and get better results”
– Public Health Foundation.

Administration
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bala Simon
Director Rupa Sharma
Quality Assurance Analyst vacant
Performance Management
Performance Manager Jasmin White
Quality Improvement
Quality Improvement Manager Heather Parker-Foster
Evaluation
Public Health Evaluator Rupa Sharma
Public Health Evaluator vacant
Public Health Evaluator Dr. Ashamsa Aryal

Quality Improvement

OPMQIEPerformance Management System | Strategic Plan
State Health Assessment | State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

 

"Quality Improvement focuses on the process to help bring services to the next level with the aim to improve the overall health of a community." - Public Health Foundation

We can successfully achieve the goals and objectives of the Performance Management System through the commitment of all ADH staff by continually improving our work in the agency. This is referred to as a CULTURE of Continuous Quality Improvement, which is shared across all levels of the agency including Section, Branch, Center, and the executive leadership.

The CQI promises to continuously examine processes, systems, and programs for potential improvements and to implement improvement initiatives. See below for a snapshot of ADH’s QI/CQI Action Plan.

The ADH has developed a Quality Improvement Plan to guide the QI/CQI initiatives. Please click here to access the full 2020-2023 Quality Improvement Plan.

Workforce Development

OPMQIE | Performance Management System | State Health Assessment |
State Health Improvement Plan | Strategic PlanQuality Improvement Plan

 

One of the attributes that help our Agency achieve the goals of the Performance Management system and its constituent components is a trained/skilled workforce. The Arkansas Department of Health, on an ongoing basis, provides training and education to its employees to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Utilizing the results of the 2017 Association of State and Territorial Officers Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey as well as a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis by an ADH internal workforce development workgroup, a comprehensive Workforce Development Plan has been developed.

The Plan roadmaps the agencies’ goals and objectives to maintain a skilled workforce that is prepared to deliver public health essential services and respond to public health emergencies. In addition to these goals and objectives, the Plan also identifies resources, roles, and responsibilities that are required to successfully implement it. Five goals (listed below) and eleven objectives for addressing training and development needs were identified.

Please click here to access the 2020-2025 Workforce Development Plan.

State Strategic Plan

OPMQIE | Performance Management System | Quality Improvement Plan
State Health Assessment | State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

 

The Interim COVID-19 Strategic Plan, 2020-2022, reflects the public health priorities of the Arkansas Department of Health to protect Arkansans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

During 2019-2020, the Arkansas Department of Health held a five-month-long exercise, involving over 70 people from the Agency and the community partners to identify public health priorities and update the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan. All employees participated in a Planning Survey to provide input on what health outcomes and health behaviors the agency should focus on. With their feedback and by using the 2020 State Health Assessment Report, the planning teams identified eight primary focus areas for the plan.

The next step of this exercise was to identify measurable objectives and work plans to operationalize the established goals. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Agency’s immediate priorities changed. The leadership decided to develop an interim plan to provide directions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the goals, strategies, objectives, and measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic were incorporated within the primary focus areas identified by the planning teams. This would help the Agency to make a smooth transition into developing the standard strategic plan after the pandemic is over.

The icons below represent the primary focus areas of the 2020-2022 Strategic plan.

Please click here to access the full 2020-2023 Interim Strategic Plan.

State Health Improvement

OPMQIEPerformance Management System | State Health Assessment |
Strategic Plan | Workforce Development PlanQuality Improvement Plan

 

The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is a long-term and systematic plan to address public health issues identified in the State Health Assessment. The goal is for the community partners to work in collaboration with its partners and the ADH to improve the health of Arkansans.

The SHIP will help partners establish priorities for the implementation of programs and policies and identify the best use of resources in achieving goals in the eight public health areas.

The Plan has been developed in a scorecard format to improve efficiency.

Please click on the icons to access the digital scorecards.

      

      

Please click here to access the State Health Improvement Plan.

State Health Assessment

OPMQIEPerformance Management System | Quality Improvement Plan | Strategic Plan
State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

 

For the first time, the State Health Assessment report is accompanied by an electronic ‘Scorecard’ which illustrates data trends for many of the issues highlighted in the report. This scorecard provides historical data to illustrate how the health issues have evolved over time and what the current trends are. Unlike the report, the Scorecard primarily presents data in graphics and sometimes tabular formats, highlighting multiple-year trends of behaviors, diseases, and deaths.

Since the Scorecard does not provide an extensive narrative and the illustrations contain layers of information, tools have been created to assist users.

A brief PowerPoint presentation provides basic guidance on how to navigate through any Scorecard.

A more detailed video provides comprehensive guidance on how to navigate through the State Health Assessment Scorecard.

Performance Management System

OPMQIE HomepageQuality Improvement Plan | Strategic Plan
State Health Assessment | State Health Improvement Plan | Workforce Development Plan

 

Performance Management is a systematic process that helps an organization achieve its mission and strategic goals by improving effectiveness, empowering employees, and streamlining decision-making - Public Health Foundation.
The Performance Management System of the Arkansas Department of Health consists of the following interrelated components as shown in the diagram.

   

 

Performance Measures

Identification and use of appropriate measures are essential functions of the Performance Management System. The measures help monitor the effectiveness of programs, policies, and processes within the performance areas.

The ADH performance measures will be routinely updated by the Performance Management Committee members with new data/information, within their areas. Please refer to the performance goal areas and the active committee members listed below. The progress will be reported to the key personnel and the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Click here to find out more about the process that OPMQIE followed to select ADH’s eight performance goal areas and the measures within each area.

COVID-19 Vaccines

What do I need to know about vaccine recommendations?

How can I get the vaccine?

Eligible Arkansans can make an appointment with a vaccine provider. Vaccine clinics and events may also be available in your area through hospitals, health care providers, or your worksite. Click here for a list of clinics. You can also find locations by going to vaccines.gov.

Please see the CDC recommendations here.

 

Resources for Public

Resources for Providers

 

ASBAT - Filing a Complaint

Board Information | Licenses & Forms

 

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against athletic trainers and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board’s jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board’s decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee’s full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information and will notify you of the board’s decision concerning the complaint.

ASBAT - Licenses and Forms

Board Information | File a Complaint

 

Licenses:

Forms:

Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training

Board Information | File a Complaint | Licenses & Forms

 

**New Fees begin July 1st

 

The Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training was created by Act 1124 of 2001. Prior to that time, a committee appointed by the Governor worked with the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy to license and regulate the activities of Athletic Trainers.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to issue licenses for athletic training and to uphold the standards prescribed by statute to protect the health of the public.

Roster:

Resources:

Rules:

Links:

 

Board Information 

The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor for terms of three years. Four members are athletic trainers licensed to engage in athletic training in the state of Arkansas. One member is a consumer who is not actively engaged in or retired from the practice of athletic training, medicine, physical therapy, or employment by an athletic department of an accredited educational institution. This member is a full voting member.

Board Members
Ronald J. Carroll, AT, Chairman
Terry DeWitt, AT, Secretary/Treasurer
Sherry Riggins, AT
Timothy Atkinson, AT
Russell Burns, Executive Director

Upcoming meetings are posted here.

MinutesFor Board minutes earlier than 2019, contact the Athletic Training Board office:

 

Staff
Russell Burns, Director
Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training 4815 W. Markham St., Slot 73
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 683-4076

ASBPT - Filing a Complaint

Overview of Responsibilities

The board is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints placed against physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and has authority to conduct investigations, enforce regulations and impose sanctions when a violation of law or regulation has occurred.

The Handling of Complaints

The Board of Physical Therapy receives complaints against its licensees and will determine if the complaint falls within its jurisdiction. If the complaint is within the board's jurisdiction, an investigation will be conducted.

The Complainant is notified of the board's decision on each complaint. You should note, however, that the proper conduct of an investigation can be a time-consuming process and it may be several months before the investigation is completed and a decision is reached.

If a violation of the law or regulation has occurred, the board may give the licensee an opportunity to come into compliance with the law or regulation, or the board may determine that other action is necessary. If there is no violation of law or regulation, the file on the complaint is closed.

If the investigation should result in a formal hearing, the board may subpoena persons to testify at that hearing if it is believed that their testimony is essential to the case.

Filing a Complaint

Complaints should be submitted on the enclosed complaint form. It is important that you include as much fact as is available, including such things as the date(s) of the alleged action, the licensee's full name and address, the exact nature of the complaint, the names of other individuals who might be involved and their relationship to the complaint, as well as any other information which will assist in the investigation.

The board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, may contact you for additional information, and will notify you of the board's decision concerning the complaint.

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

Disciplinary Action | Complaint | Continuing EducationForms & Links |
License VerificationOnline Services | Rules

 

 

**New Fees begin July 1, 2023
 

Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

Information regarding the availability of compact privileges and the procedure for applying for a privilege is available online at www.ptcompact.org.

Board Information

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. Four of those members are to be from each congressional district in order to provide a statewide representation of physical therapists. One member shall not be engaged in or retired from the practice of physical therapy and shall serve as the representative of the public interest. This is a voting member but shall not participate in examination administration.

The Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy was created by Act 1232 of 1991. Prior to that time licensing was by the Arkansas Medical Board.

The Board is a licensing and regulatory organization created to protect the public from incompetent, unprofessional, and unlawful practice of physical therapy. Laws are established to set forth standards for the practice of physical therapy, continuing education, and testing, and to define the scope and limitations of practice. The board receives, investigates, and adjudicates complaints against licensees. The most important function of the board is consumer protection.

Board Members
Joe Farrer, PT Member
Velvet Medlock, PT Member
Rob Jordan, PT Member
Bo Renshaw, PT Member
Don Pierce, Public Member
Michael Bynum, Attorney for the Board
Staff Members
Nancy Worthen, Executive Director
Lyndsey R. Kinsey, Administrative Specialist III

MinutesFor board minutes earlier than 2021, contact the ASBPT office.

Board Meetings:

Rules 

Resources:

Forms 

Please select the form below to view, download, or print:

Links

Continuing Education 

Disciplinary Action 

From May 28, 2009 to Present

License Verification 

If you did not find the licensee you were looking for please check the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage to see if the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant holds a compact privilege in Arkansas. For the Physical Therapist Compact Commission Verification Webpage, please click https://purchase.ptcompact.org/Verify.

Online Services 

Office Address Phone Fax Email
Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

Mailing:
P.O. Box 250254
Little Rock, AR 72225

Physical:
Freeway Medical Building
Suite 100, Office A103
Freeway Slot #16
Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 228-7100 (501) 228-0294 arptb@arkansas.gov

ABESPA - Disciplinary Action

What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek the provisions of speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal the Board’s mission is to assure a process is provided by which consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

Who can/should file a complaint?

A complaint should be filed by anyone who believes that an individual has acted illegally, irresponsibly, or unprofessionally in providing care to a client. The most effective complaints are those that contain verifiable, firsthand information. The Board cannot act on anonymous complaints. To that end all complaints must include a signature.

What types of complaints does ABESPA handle?

What types of complaints are outside of ABESPA’s jurisdiction?

How do I file a complaint?

A complaint must be submitted in writing and signed before it can be processed. Individuals who file complaints are notified in writing of the status of their complaint throughout the process.

When submitting a complaint, a statement should be provided in the individuals own words, which explains the nature of their complaint. Provide as much detail as possible as well as any copies of documents, such as patient records, photographs, contracts, correspondence, etc. that can be used as evidence. Original copies should not be provided. Dates, times, and the type of service received should be included when possible. It is not necessary to cite sections of the law that have allegedly been violated.

How are complaints processed?

Notification of the receipt of the complaint will be mailed to the complainant. While confidential and not public record, the board must disclose information to the licensee regarding the complaint. Licensees who are named in the complaint are given 30 days to respond to any accusations.

Complaints are reviewed by board members at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The board may dispose of the complaint informally through correspondence or conference or may forward the complaint to an investigation officer.

If forwarded to an investigator, that investigator may contact the complainant during the course of the investigation.

Are licensees required to report unprofessional conduct by colleagues?

The ABESPA Code of Ethics mandates that the licensee is responsible for reporting alleged misrepresentation or violation of the act or rules to the Board.

Resources:

ABESPA - Consumer Information

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What is the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA)?

The Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) was created by the Arkansas Legislature to safeguard the public’s health, safety, and welfare. ABESPA is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of speech-language pathology and audiology practice.

Individuals who seek speech-language pathology and audiology services are entitled to receive quality care. In pursuit of that goal, the Board’s mission is to assure there is a process where consumers may file complaints against licensees or persons practicing speech-language pathology or audiology without a license.

What does the Board Do?

Audiologists

Who is an Audiologist?

Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Those hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of hearing and balance disorders, leading to improved outcomes and a higher quality of life.

What does an Audiologist do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Language Pathologists

Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism spectrum disorders.

What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?

Requirements for Licensing

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Who is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

Speech-language pathology assistants are individuals who, following academic and on-the-job training, perform tasks as prescribed, directed, and supervised by licensed speech-language pathologists.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant do?

Requirements for Licensing

SLPA Licensing Information

Helpful Consumer Links

ABESPA - Application Information

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**From July 16, 2023 through July 15, 2024, the application fee is reduced from $100 to $5. This is in accordance with Act 114 of 2023. Inactive/reactivation fees are reduced from $40 to $2.

 

Upon initial licensure, an applicant is granted a grace period to work while his/her initial application is being processed. Upon receipt of a completed application packet, a letter will be sent to the applicant granting the grace period. Below are the licensure requirements listed by licensure type.

In order to apply for licensure, you may complete an application online then mail it in with the $100.00 application fee via check or money order, as well as the required documentation listed below. Transcripts and Verifications of Licensure must remain in a sealed envelope.

Below are the requirements listed by license type:

Important Documents:

ABESPA - Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

In Arkansas, a registration process is used to recognize and approve the use of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and Aides in all settings. Individuals who wish to work as a speech-language pathology assistant or a speech-language pathology aide must register with his/her supervising speech-language pathologist with the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA), or the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The setting where the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant will be used dictates which agency the individuals register with:

Once the appropriate application is completed and approved, the names of the supervising SLP, SLP-Assistant, and SLP-Aide are placed on a registration list by each agency and all lists are submitted to ABESPA. Individuals registering with ABESPA are approved through June 30 and must re-register by July 1 each year. Individuals registering with ADE are approved through August 31 and must re-register by September 1 each year.

A registration number is assigned to the SLP-Assistant and a memo with this number is provided each time the SLP-Assistant registers or renews registration. This memo verifies that the SLP-Assistant is registered and can be submitted to Medicaid. In the future, if an individual registers with another agency, the initial registration number will be used.

Resources:

Helpful links for SLP-A registration information:

ABESPA - Licensee Renewal Information

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*Looking for SLPA-Related information, click here.

Renewal Information

Renewal notices are electronically sent annually in April. All licenses shall be renewed annually by July 15, to avoid delinquent renewal fees. Please remember all licenses expire on June 30th of each year.

Mailed Renewals

Renewals that are mailed to the Board office will be processed as quickly as possible. Remember they must be postmarked by July 15th or be considered delinquent. If you wish to confirm that we have received your renewal documentation, we recommend sending it via certified mail.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

CPEs shall consist of a series of planned learning experiences beyond the educational programs that have led to the degree that qualifies one for licensure. The licensee must participate in CPE activities of at least ten (10) clock hours for each license period (July 1 through June 30 of each year). At least five (5) of these hours must be in Content Area I. Dual licensees must complete fifteen (15) clock hours with a minimum of five (5) hours in each discipline from Content Area I. Renewal of a license shall be contingent upon the licensee fulfilling the CPE requirements, submitting an annual CPE report, and maintaining evidence for possible audit.

Provisional and full licensees are not required to complete a report of continuing professional education and will not be audited during the initial licensing year, but will need to submit the report to document a minimum of ten (10) hours for the next licensing period (7/1 to 6/30). There is no exemption for the year in which the provisional license is converted to a full license unless it occurs in the initial licensing year.

Full instructions including definitions of content areas and audit information can be found in Section 9 of the rules and regulations.

Audits

Annually, the Board will select licensees for audit. Audits are randomly selected and licensees will be notified by mail. Licensees who are audited are required to submit verification of CPE’s submitted, including information regarding date, the content of course, and number of hours.

Inactive Status

Inactive status is available for licensees who wish to no longer practice in the state of Arkansas. To apply for inactive status the licensee must hold a license that is active. If inactive status is requested more than 30 days after expiration, late fees will apply. Requests for inactive status must be made to the Board in writing.

Delinquent Renewals

Delinquent renewals will be accepted by the board through the mail. A licensee is considered delinquent if it is postmarked after July 15, and a late fee will apply. In order to renew after July 15, a licensee must contact the Board to receive the additional required documentation.

Resources:

Important Documents:

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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IMPORTANT NOTICES

NOTICE OF RULEMAKING

Pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated §25-15-201 et seq., notice is hereby given that the Arkansas State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is considering proposed revisions to its Rules.

The proposed revisions and modifications to the Rules include, but are not limited to, the following subjects and issues: In accordance with Act 137 of 2023, permits the Board to accept relevant and applicable uniformed service education, training, national certification, or service-issued credential toward licensure qualifications or requirements when considering an application for initial licensure of an individual listed in Ark. Code Ann. § 17-4-104.

The Board will accept public comments on the proposed rule changes beginning December 21, 2023, and concluding on January 19, 2024. Written comments from the public should be emailed to abespa@arkansas.gov or mailed to ADH-Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4815 W. Markham, Slot 72, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867. The Board will discuss any public comments received at their next public meeting, which will be scheduled following the conclusion of the public comment period. Comments must be received during the public comment period to be considered by the Board.

Updated Rules:

CE Broker for Continuing Education Input

 

Announcements & Resources:

Are You?

FAQs 

1. Am I eligible for a grace period to begin my employment?

Section 2.5 states “Persons entering the practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology are required to submit the application for licensure within the first 30 days of beginning practice.

2. Is there a specific license for audiologists to dispense hearing aids?

No. An Arkansas audiology license allows you to dispense hearing aids according to the rules and regulations in Section 10.

3. How do I make a change in my name, address, employment, or other information?

Complete forms from our website and submit to abespa@arkansas.gov

4. How do I change my SP Provisional license to a Speech Pathology license?

You may request ASHA directly send proof that you have received your Certificate of Clinical Competence, or you may forward confirmation to abespa@arkansas.gov.

5. What is “inactive status”?

According to Section 4.4 “A one-time fee of forty dollars shall be charged a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, otherwise qualified and licensed by the Board, to place his/her/their license on inactive status. If inactive status is requested more than 30 days after expiration, late fees apply as set out in Section 4.3. Request for inactive status must be made to the Board in writing. The individual shall not engage in the practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology in a non-exempt facility in Arkansas while his/her/their license is inactive.”

6. When do I submit my Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours if I take “inactive status”?

Section 4.5 states, “An individual wishing to regain active status shall notify the Board in writing, submit documentation of CPE’s for each year the license was inactive (maximum of 50 hours for a single license or 75 for dual licensure), and submit the balance of forty dollars of the renewal fee.

7. What happens if I’m late renewing my license?

Renewals are due by June 30th each year. The following penalties are added to the renewal fee according to the tardiness of the renewal:

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The function of the Board is to examine the credentials and qualifications of Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, and Audiologists who wish to provide services to the people of Arkansas, and to issue licenses or registration to those individuals who meet the standards set forth in §17-100-101 et seq. The Board acts on behalf of consumers by handling complaints to ensure that quality speech-language pathology and audiology services are delivered to the public.

Office Address Phone
Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 4815 W. Markham, Slot 72
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867
501-537-9151

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The Board is comprised of seven members. These include professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology (at least 2 from each field), a consumer representative, and a senior citizen representative. The members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms and may serve two full consecutive terms. Board members may be reimbursed for expenses, but otherwise receive no compensation.

Board Members (click to view or download)

Available Position Available: Consumer Representative, Senior Representative

Board Meetings: All meetings are at 9am via Teams​

ASBN - Spouse

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a spouse is an individual who is currently married to an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran.

There are several situations in which a spouse would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information 

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of a uniformed veterans include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks, “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?"

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of a uniformed include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you the spouse of an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran? Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service member” or “Yes, Spouse of a uniformed service veteran”.

You will need to upload supporting documents.

Supporting documents for the spouse of a uniformed service member include one of the following:

Supporting documents for a spouse of uniformed include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Uniformed Service Veteran

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a uniformed service veteran is an individual who is a former member of the United States uniformed services discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

There are several situations in which a uniformed service veteran would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you a uniformed service veteran that has been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, Uniformed service veteran.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1

Situation 2:

Are you a uniformed service veteran that has been honorably discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, Uniformed service veteran.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Certificate of Release; or

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you a uniformed service veteran that has been under conditions other than dishonorable?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application.  During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will select “Yes, uniformed service veteran."

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:


Resources:

 

Uniformed Service Education, Training, Experience, or Service–Issued Credential

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to endorsement of a license. 

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Uniformed Service Member

For purposes of Arkansas licensure, a uniformed service member is an individual who is currently serving in an active or reserve status in the United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Space Force, or National Guard; an active member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps; or an active or reserve member of the United States Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

There are several situations in which a uniformed service member would need licensure information; each situation below identifies services available in each of these circumstances.

Situation 1:

Are you a uniformed service member member and do you already have a nursing license in Arkansas?

Renewal Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Renewal Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

You will have a choice to select either “Yes, Uniformed service member – I elect to Waive the Application fee” or “Yes, Uniformed service member – I elect to PAY the Application fee.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 1:

Situation 2:

Are you a uniformed service member and do you already have a nursing license in another state?

Licensure by Endorsement: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Endorsement Application. During the process of completing your application, you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

Please select “Yes, Uniformed service member."

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Support Services available in Situation 2

Situation 3:

Are you a recent nursing education program graduate that has not taken the licensure examination? And, are you a uniformed service member?

Licensure by Exam: Application Information

You will submit the appropriate Initial by Exam Licensure Application. During the process of completing your application you will answer an eligibility question that asks “Are you or your spouse currently an active or reserve uniformed service member or uniformed service veteran?”

Please select “Yes, Uniformed service member.”

You will need to upload supporting documents. Supporting documents include one of the following:

Uniformed Service Education, Training, Experience, or Service–Issued Credential

Arkansas State Board of Nursing allows an individual who has graduated from one of the listed military programs, to submit application and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX®. If an individual is already licensed, refer to the endorsement of a license.

Support Services available in Situation 3

ASBN - Military

Introduction

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) is committed to honoring the service of active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans and their families. ASBN recognizes that these individuals experience unique challenges during the nursing licensure process. We strive to enhance the licensure process by streamlining certain services to qualified individuals. Several licensure support services are offered once all required documents are received; services include but are not limited to expedited temporary permit licensure and preferential processing during the issuance of a permanent license.

The information listed on this site identifies additional support services to assist in understanding the laws associated with respective military designation, streamlining licensure process, obtaining Arkansas licensure, and availability of other important resources.


Military Designation

In addition to the information listed on this page, click the respective link below for information related to an individual’s specific military designation status.


Associated Arkansas Nurse Practice Act (NPA) & Rules

As mandated by Act 135 of 2021, Act 820 of the 2019, and Act 248 of the 2017 Arkansas legislative sessions, the ASBN has adopted rules to assist active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans, and their spouses in obtaining nursing licensure.

Note: An Arkansas uniformed service member nurse that is being deployed outside the state can upload to nurse portal account, a request for review of expiration date extension and waiver of continuing education requirements. Also upload deployment orders.

Click here to access Arkansas NPA & Rules in their entirety.


Licensure Portability Between States

In order to practice nursing in Arkansas, an individual is required to be licensed. Arkansas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice physically, electronically, or telephonically in both their home state (Primary State of Residence or PSOR) and other states that have joined the NLC. APRNs are not issued a license under the NLC.

There is specific licensure information that should be reviewed:


Educational Opportunities

Resources

Active and reserve uniformed service members, uniformed service veterans and their spouse can find helpful information using the links below.

ASBN - APRN Renewal Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas APRN license. It is NOT an application for on-time renewal of new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state. The information contained herein is designed to assist you with the information you need to begin the renewal application process.

Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

  1. APRN Late Renewal Application
    • No application is complete until all required documentation (if applicable) and fees are received.
  2. Fee Information
    • Click here for current fees.
    • The accepted method of payment is with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover).
    • Verify that the charges are correct before submitting application.
    • ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
    • Late renewal fees are added to regular renewal fee.
    • You will receive a payment receipt by email which should be printed as proof of payment.
  3. APRN licensure requirements include:
    • Current National Certification related to you area of certification, and
    • Active unencumbered Arkansas RN license OR active unencumbered multistate compact RN license.
    • If out of practice greater than two (2) years a refresher course or extensive orientation is required.
  4. Apply or reinstate prescriptive authority:
    • If you have never held prescriptive authority in Arkansas, refer to the instructions for initial prescriptive authority applicants here.
    • To reinstate prescriptive authority, submit an application through your Nurse Portal account. There is no fee for this application.
    • Submit the required documents:
      • Collaborative practice agreement
      • Quality assurance plan
    • If prescriptive authority has been inactive for more than 12 months, you will need five (5) hours of pharmacology continuing education plus an additional five (5) hours for renewal including the two (2) ASBN mandatory courses. Contact the APRN Department through the Nurse Portal Message Center for more information.
    • If you have been prescribing in another state within the last year, you may submit the Verification of Prescribing Hours form in lieu of the continuing education requirements.

ASBN - RN Approved Baccalaureate Degree Programs

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: (870) 680-8200; Fax: (870) 972-2954
www.astate.edu 
Kathryn Flannigan, Chair
Phone:  (870) 680-4157
Email:  kflannigan@astate.edu

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
402 W. O Street
126 Dean Hall
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
Phone: (479) 968-0383; Fax: (479) 968-0219
www.atu.edu 
Dr. Shelly Daily, Chair
Email:sdaily@atu.edu

HARDING UNIVERSITY 
College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149-0001
Phone: (501) 279-4476; Fax: (501) 279-4669
www.harding.edu 
Dr. Susan Kehl, Dean
Email: skehl@harding.edu

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
1100 Henderson Street 
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: (870) 230-5379; Fax: (870) 230-5390
www.hsu.edu 
Dr. Kristina Shelton, Chief Academic Nursing Officer
Email: sheltok@hsu.edu

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: (479) 524-1662; Fax:  (479) 524-7441
www.jbu.edu 
Natasha Trotter, Chair
Email: NTrotter@jbu.edu

OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Department of Nursing
OBU Box 3700
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
Phone: (870) 245-5384
Fax: (870) 245-5241
www.obu.edu
Dr. Brenda Trigg, Chair
Email: triggb@obu.edu

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY 
Department of Nursing
100 E.University MSC9402
Magnolia, AR 71753
Phone: (870) 235-4331; Fax: (870) 235-5058
www.saumag.edu 
Dr. Karen Landry. Chair
Email: KarenLandry@saumag.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 N. Razorback Road                                                                            
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4280; Fax:  (479) 575-3218
www.uark.edu
Dr. Jessie Casida, Director
Email: jcasida@uark.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH
Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing
5210 Grand Avenue, College of Health Sciences Office 207
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7844; Fax: (479) 424-6831
www.uafs.edu
Dr. Paula D. Julian, Executive Director of Nursing
Email: Paula.Julian@uafs.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO
School of Nursing
P. O. Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71656-3606
Phone: (870) 460-1069; Fax:  (870) 460-1969
www.uamont.edu 
Dr. Brandy Haley, Dean
Email: haley@uamont.edu
Sharon Walters, BSN Program Director
Walters@uamont.edu
Phone:  (870)460-1368

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF
1200 University Drive #4973
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8217
www.uapb.edu 
Dr. Brenda Jacobs, Interim Chair
Email: JacobsB@uapb.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES 
College of Nursing
4301 W. Markham, Slot 529
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-8493; Fax:  (501) 686-7998
www.nursing.uams.edu 
Dr. Patricia Cowan, Dean
Email: pacowan@uams.edu
Dr. Fermin Renteria
Email: RenteriaFermin@uams.edu

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES (NWA satellite contact)
Lauren Haggard-Duff - Dir. Accelerated BSN
Phone: (479) 713-8510
Email: lkhaggardduff@uams.edu

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS 
School of Nursing
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: (501) 450-5531; Fax: (501) 450-5560
www.uca.edu/nursing 
Dr. Susan Gatto, Director
Email: Susang@uca.edu

ASBN - Post-Baccalaureate Programs

 

Contact Info

Degrees offered

Arkansas State University
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 910
State University, AR 72467
Phone: 870.972.3074

MSN
DNP
Post-master’s certificate

Arkansas Tech University
Department of Nursing
Dean Hall 126
402 West O St
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 479.968.0383

MSN

Harding University
Carr College of Nursing
Box 12265
Searcy, AR 72149
Phone: 501.279.4859

MSN
Post-master’s certificate
Master’s Entry into Practice (RN)

Henderson State University
College of Nursing
HSU Box 7803
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Phone: 870.230.5378

MSN

University of Arkansas
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing
606 Razorback Rd
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479.575.4280

MSN
DNP

University of Arkansas at Monticello
School of Nursing
PO Box 3606
Monticello, AR 71655
Phone: 870-460-1069

MSN
Post-master’s certificate

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Nursing
4301 W Markham, Slot 529
Rahn Building, Suite 5234
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501.686.5224

MNSc
DNP
PhD
Post-master’s certificate

University of Central Arkansas
Department of Nursing
201 Donaghey Ave
Conway, AR 72035
Phone: 501.450.3119

MSN
DNP
Post-master’s certificate

ASBN - CE Broker

CE Broker is the official CE tracking system of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The Board has provided you with a free Basic Account, so you have their helpful education tracking tools right at your fingertips. The license renewal process and CE requirements have not changed and at this time the use of CE Broker is not mandatory.

CE Broker helps nursing professionals in Arkansas track your CE progress. This easy electronic workflow streamlines the ability for you to track your CE history and maintain your documentation or professional portfolio for personal, academic, employment, or license renewal purposes.

With CE Broker, licensees and some education providers will be able to electronically enter CE course completion certificates through the tracking system. The information is maintained within CE Broker's centralized database. This simplifies the process of tracking your continuing education with easy reporting, digital storage for your certificates, and a credit counting CE compliance transcript all in one online portal.

FREE ACCESS

CE BROKER IS 100% FREE TO USE. You will never have to pay for a CE Broker Basic Account. Licensees do have the option to subscribe to an upgraded account, which offers additional CE tracking tools outlined below.

ACCOUNT OPTIONS

ACTIVATE YOUR FREE CE BROKER ACCOUNT

  1. Visit www.cebroker.com/ar/plans (Works best in Chrome)
  2. Select the Basic Account option
  3. Enter your license number and get started tracking your continuing education!

If you already have a CE Broker account, follow these simple steps to add your Arkansas license.

Once you have created your account and logged into the system, click “Report CE” and find the option that best applies. You will need to answer a few questions and then attach the documentation that the Board requires. If you are using the CE Broker mobile app, you can take a picture of your documentation and upload it via your phone or tablet.

HOW TO LOCATE ADVANCED PRACTICE MANDATORY COURSES

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) courses are located on the CE Broker platform.

Access the courses through your CE Broker account and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Find CE/CME
  2. Select filters
  3. In the search box, search for "Advanced practice nursing in Arkansas"
  4. Look for the free course with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing listed as the author
  5. Complete the course by clicking on the "Take It Here" button beside the course
  6. To find the second course, follow the steps above searching for "prescription drug abuse and misuse"

KEY FEATURES OF THE CE BROKER FREE BASIC ACCOUNT INCLUDE

Comprehensive Course Search

The CE Broker Course Search helps you find every course you need to complete your license renewal. Any Courses with the “Take it Here” tag will be instantly reported to your account and appear in your Course History.  To find courses, visit courses.cebroker.com/search/ar and select your profession.

When you find CE in the Course Search, it may satisfy the requirements set by the Arkansas Board of Nursing (ASBN).  The course search is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, nor are any of the vendors listed endorsed or necessarily approved by the ASBN. Depending upon the organization that approved the courses, the ASBN may or may not accept such courses for continuing education credit for the purpose of licensure renewal. Refer to the list of Accrediting Organizations/Approved Approval Bodies to determine if the provider's educational activity is accepted by ASBN. Note: You will need to be sure that the CE contact hours are practice focused relevant to your specific area of practice. 

Helpful Support Center

CE Broker provides dedicated support 8AM - 8PM ET Monday - Friday with a team of experts trained on the rules and regulations of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. You can reach them by phone at 877-434-6323 or via email and live chat.

FAQs

Visit the CE Broker FAQ directly for detailed information on CE Broker and how to use your free account.

 

     

ASBN - Medication Assistant (Certified)

Act 1423 of the 2005 Arkansas legislative session authorized the use of trained and certified medication assistants in nursing homes in Arkansas. In June 2021, the Rules were updated to authorize the use of Medication Assistants-Certified in designated facilities in Arkansas. A designated facility is defined as any Board approved facility to include a nursing home or a facility operated as a local correctional facility as defined by ACA §12-41-107. Medication Assistants are required to successfully complete an education program and pass a certification exam; or complete a portion of a nursing education program equivalent to the MA-C education program and pass a certification exam, before being allowed to function in the role of Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) in a designated facility.

Approved MA-C Programs

Arkansas Health Care Association
1401 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 180
Little Rock, AR 72201
Cat Hamilton
chamilton@arhealthcare.com
(501) 374-4422
Sarah Ware, Education Coordinator
Email: MACparogram@arhealth.com

Arkansas Northeastern College – Blytheville
School Code - 0011
2501 S. Division St.
PO Box 1109
Blytheville, AR  72316
Brenda Holifield, Dean
bholifield@smail.anc.edu
870-740-2908

Arkansas State University - Beebe
School Code - 0013
1800 East Moore Ave
Searcy, AR  72145
Cindy Smith – Director
casmith@asub.edu
(501) 207-6255

Arkansas State University – Mountain Home 
School Code - 0006
1600 So. College
Mtn. Home, AR 72653
Amy Clark, Director
aclark@asumh.edu
870-508-6176

Arkansas State University – Newport
School Code - 0007
7648 Victory Blvd.
Newport, AR  72112

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
Lisa Pittman – Head Instructor
Lpittman1@atu.edu
479-508-8500, ext 6352

East Arkansas Community College – Forrest City
School Code - 0002
1700 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
Mallory Adams, Dean of Allied Health
Email: madams@eacc.edu
Telephone:870-633-4480, ext. 452, Fax: (870) 633-7222

National Park College
School Code – 0001
101 College Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71914
Janice Ivers, Dean
jivers@np.edu
501-760-4183

Northwest Technical Institute
School Code - 0010
709 South Old Missouri Road
Springdale, AR  72764
Dr. Debra Walker – Director
dwalker@nwti.edu
(479) 751-8824 ext 123

University of Arkansas Community College – Morrilton
School Code – 0015
1537 University Blvd
Morrilton, AR 72110
Angie Moore, Chair
mooreangie@uaccm.edu
501-977-2063
Program Approved – September 8, 2022
Next Survey Approval – September 2027

University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College – North Little Rock
School Code - 0012
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Talayia Johnson, Dean
tajohnson@uaptc.edu
501-812-2286


Certification

Welcome to Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN). The information contained herein is designed to assist you with the information you need to begin the application process. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

THE FIRST STEP in application submission is to create an account in the Arkansas Nurse Portal.

Click HERE to view the video for instructions on the CREATION OF AN ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL ACCOUNT.

Once you have created your Nurse Portal account, sign in to your Nurse Portal account to submit an application.  

Once you have submitted an application, you may monitor the status of your application by accessing your Nurse Portal account and clicking on view status.

Click HERE to view the video for instructions on How to Check Application Status.

CERTIFICATION APPLICATION INFORMATION
For more information about a specific application, click on the respective application name listed below.

Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Initial Application (required for individuals that have completed Medication Assistant Certified training from an Arkansas MA-C program):

Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Endorsement Application (required for individuals that have completed Medication Assistant Certified training from another state and are applying for MA-C in Arkansas):

Applications

Resources

ASBN - Insulin & Glucagon Administration Training Programs

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as it existed on July 1, 2011, the 2011 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of glucagon by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes. Further, the 2015 Arkansas General Assembly passed a law pertaining to the administration of insulin by trained volunteer school personnel to Arkansas public school students who are diagnosed with diabetes.

These laws allow trained volunteer school personnel in the absence of the school nurse to administer glucagon, insulin or both to a child diagnosed with diabetes in an emergency situation. Consequently, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, in collaboration with the Arkansas School Nurses Association and diabetic experts, worked together to identify and approve Insulin and Glucagon Administration Training  programs that meet the requirements of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules, Chapter 9.

Approved Training Programs

Certifications of Training

Certificates of Approval

Certificates of Participation

ASBN - LPTN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application Informatoin

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

Additional resources:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT A RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - RN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

 General Instructions

1.  ASBN Post Expiration Renewal Application Information

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

Additional resources:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

ASBN - LPN Renewal - Post Expiration (Late)

This application is for nurses who wish to renew an existing inactive/expired Arkansas license. It is NOT an application for on time renewal, new graduate initial licensure or endorsement of a license from another state.

The information contained herein is designed to assist you with information you need to begin the process to reactivate an inactive/expired license. Read the instructions and provide all required documentation. Additional instructions are located within the online renewal system as you progress through the renewal process.

General Instructions

1.  ASBN Renewal Post Expiration Application

Declaration of Primary State of Residence

a. driver’s license with a home address;

b. federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration;

c. voter registration card with a home address;

d. military form no. 2058 (state of legal residence certificate); or

e. W2 form from the United States government or any bureau, division, or agency thereof, indicating residence.

2.  Fee Information

3.  Post Renewal Information

Additional resources:

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO ARKANSAS NURSE PORTAL TO SUBMIT RENEWAL APPLICATION

Plan Review and Submission Portal

WELCOME to the Arkansas Department of Health Plan Review page. The mission of the Arkansas Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. The plan review process is one important factor in attaining this mission.

The purpose of a plan review process is to ensure that development or building projects comply with the adopted policies and codes. Staff review plan submissions for proposed projects. Plan reviews are coordinated through multiple divisions- Engineering (Civil projects: drinking water, civil drawings, drinking wells, etc.), Protective Health Codes (Plumbing, Natural Gas), and Environmental (Retail Food, Wholesale/Manufactured food, Public Swimming Pools/Spas, On Site Sewage). This coordinated process helps to ensure that all pertinent codes/policies are followed and included in the design and execution of the project, thus helping to minimize delays. 

Adhering to the ADH Guiding Principles, Plan Review staff work diligently to review all projects in a timely manner. While staff is allotted up to 30 days to complete a review, review times vary depending on numerous factors. To ensure the most efficient process, providing complete submissions referencing the current adopted codes is necessary. For more information contact the appropriate division(s).

UPDATE: The Arkansas Department of Health has updated, redesigned and re-launched the ELECTRONIC Plan Submission portal. Plans can still be submitted electronically along with electronic forms and electronic pay capabilities. Customers will now be required to pay for a plan review at the time of submission. Invoices will no longer be generated and also removes the ability to mail a check for electronic submission. Existing customers using the electronic system, can contact your ADH point of contact for additional information and clarification. New customers will be required to request a customer number prior to submission. Please feel free to request the new customer guide from your Plan review point of contact. ADH utilizes the electronic review software, Bluebeam Revu. This portal is for anyone submitting plans but is especially beneficial for submitters who are out of town or out of state thus saving time, gas, and money.

ADH Plan Review Divisions:

 

Plan Submissions:

Plans may be submitted in person, by mail, or electronically. Plans may be brought in person by contacting the proper division and setting an appointment for review*. If the submitter is unable to wait for review, plans may be dropped off and staff will review them and send documentation of the review. Plans may also be mailed to the ADH central office in Little Rock. For proper routing, each division has a specific slot number that must be included on the address.

*Please note that appointments or building access may be limited or ceased during elevated illness events.

Paper Plan submissions are accepted in the same manner they have been in the past. Each submission should consist of complete plans with all pages required for each specific division required, all associated forms/applications/documents, and associated fees.

All project submissions require a Project Cost Estimate worksheet and Plan Review fee. Projects that are multiple departments (e.g. Plumbing and Retail food) share 1 form and 1 Plan Review Fee. For this example, Plumbing costs and Food establishment costs are added to get the total project cost. The Plan Review fee is then calculated as 1% of the project cost (minimum $50 and maximum $500).

Electronic Plan submissions are submitted here. Customers submitting plans electronically for the first time are required to create a unique user account. Users will then request a customer number from plan review staff. Once created, submitters will be notified of their customer number and that they may proceed. The Project Cost Estimate sheet is electronically filled out and plans submitted as attachments. Please submit attachments as PDF or CAD files. Photos or .JPEG attachments are also allowed but not preferred. Customers complete the submission and pay at that time. Staff will be notified that the plan is ready for review. Again, this process has recently changed. Payment is due at submission, and plan review is no longer creating invoices.

Staff and submitter can email and/or attach items within the project (approval letters or other documentation of the review) or send via email or postal service.

Divisional

Retail Food Plan Review Guidelines

Retail Food (mobile, kiosk, pushcart, brick & mortar) requires a retail food permit application and initial annual permit fee at the time of submission.  Submission requirements have recently changed. Click the Retail Food Link above for the updated submission packet.

To minimize delays, all packet requirements must be received before the review can be completed. Failure to submit all required information will result in the project being placed on hold or being disapproved.

Submitted plans should provide the following:

*Full requirements can be found in the Retail Food Plan Review Guideline link above.

NOTE: HVAC has moved to the Department of Labor.

Additional Links & Resources

 

MCH - Public Comments on Application

**Title V 2024 Application/2024 Annual Report Summary

Faith-Based Outreach

Linking Communities of Faith to Public Health

Who We Are

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) understands the important role that faith plays in helping people have better health outcomes. Faith leaders have trusted messengers within their communities and are on the front lines of fighting many of the health issues that are affecting our communities. The Arkansas Department of Health respects the diversity of religious beliefs and practices of all people. We believe that all communities of faith and public health can work well together to promote the common goal of improving the health and well-being of people, families, and communities.

What We Do

The Office of Faith-based Outreach works to inform, educate, and empower communities of faith to take an active role in their health. We believe that everybody should have an opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Realizing that communities of faith reach a broad audience, we work with you to identify and address community health concerns, as well as support projects, initiatives, and research that will enable every Arkansan to achieve their optimal level of health and well-being.

There is no one right way to improve the health of everyone in a community. The most successful efforts involve different people all working together. We work in collaborative partnerships with different ADH programs and community organizations to strengthen, expand resources, and find solutions that will have a lasting positive impact on health. These partnerships also help to build a stronger foundation so that hard-to-reach and at-risk persons can have better health.

Preparedness Toolkit for Places of Worship


How May We Help?

Prevent Sexual Violence Among Youth and Adults

Sexual violence is a serious public health concern with significant harmful effects on the health and well-being of those who have been victimized. Victims of sexual violence can be of any age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or faith tradition. Sexual violence can occur in homes, workplaces, schools, and communities of faith. The Rape Prevention Education Program (RPE) is located within Injury and Violence Prevention at the Department of Health and provides primary prevention education to prevent sexual violence before it occurs. The RPE program works with the Suicide Prevention Program at the Department of Health and the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence (ACARADV) located at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits

The Power 2B Whole Regional Summits are an annual gathering of ADH public health professionals, faith and spiritual leaders, community organizations, community stakeholders, and advocates that come together to develop solutions, introduce new strategies, and fuel collaborations to build healthy and sustainable communities. The next Power 2B Whole Summits will take place in Spring 2024. The Power 2B Whole organizers will continue to monitor the latest information from health officials to ensure a safe and exciting event for everyone.

Tobacco-Free Communities of Faith

Helping people become tobacco-free is a major step towards having tobacco-free communities. When it comes to quitting tobacco products or using e-cigarettes, different people need different types of support to quit and stay tobacco and nicotine-free. Communities of faith provide a place of acceptance and support for those trying to quit. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation offer a variety of training and community education designed to help both youth and adults to stop using tobacco and nicotine products, including “No Menthol Sunday”, a National African American Prevention Network program.

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines are a key part of public health, saving millions of lives and billions of dollars by preventing diseases.  Arkansas immunization rates are low and this means many people aren’t protected and are at risk for illnesses that are preventable.  Faith communities and faith leaders can be extremely helpful in encouraging healthy behaviors and educating communities about the importance of immunizations.  We offer free preventive education workshops, as well as provide training on how to conduct a mass flu clinic for your community.

Get Vaccinated: Prevention and You!

Interventions that promote vaccinations are more effective when communities of faith are engaged in the process.  ADH in partnership with ImmunizeAR, offers tools and resources that support community-engaged teaching. The toolkits have everything you need to conduct a workshop, including a leader's manual, participant booklet, PowerPoint presentation (with presenter notes), and handouts for the participants. Everything is downloadable and available to print from the following sites:

Homeless Shelter and Encampments Outreach

It’s not uncommon for those experiencing homelessness to experience more health problems than most individuals and managing their health can be challenging.  The Homeless Shelter and Encampment Outreach initiative aims to provide support and resources to homeless service sites, encampments, and other congregate living facilities to build state infrastructure that addresses the health needs of unsheltered individuals. Interventions through partners, collaborators, community groups, and faith networks will work to detect and mitigate chronic diseases, substance misuse, mental health, HIV, etc. through care and referrals to care.

Moms and Babies Welcome!

For many people, communities of faith are the center of community life; places where physical and spiritual well-being can be nourished and nurtured. Research has shown that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants and more families are deciding to offer the natural nutrition that breast milk provides. We can help you create healthy, friendly faith communities for breastfeeding families.

Know the Signs and Act in Time for Heart Attack

Early symptoms, such as mild or stuttering chest pain, are identified as major risk factors for heart attack. Adults often ignore these warnings and put themselves at risk for significant damage to the heart muscle, or even death. Most heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. ADH partners with the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council and American College of Cardiology to help bring Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) educational materials to Arkansans. EHAC education teaches people to recognize the early signs and symptoms of heart attack to increase usage of 911 when suspected. To order your materials, complete the form found here and submit as instructed (a version in Spanish is available on the Arkansas STEMI Advisory Council page). Another ADH partner is the American Heart Association which provides online education on heart attack warning signs. More information can be found here

Hometown Health

Healthy communities are places where people live, learn, work, play and worship.  Health interventions that incorporate faith or spiritual elements have proven to be the most achievable.  We understand this matters to you.  The Hometown Health Program supports you in efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles among your faith community. We help you to identify health needs specific to your community of faith and offer tools and resources to help your community take charge of their health.  Whatever health goal you would like to achieve—we can help.

 

We Would Love to Hear from You!
If you are interested in any of these programs or would like more information please contact:

Office Contact Phone Email

Arkansas Department of Health
Kimberly Hayman
Director, Office of Faith-based Outreach

Kristi Lambert
Health Program Coordinator

501.280.4545
501.537.9691
Kimberly.Hayman@arkansas.gov

Whatever you need--health education, disease prevention, health promotion, or training--we have it. If we don't have it, we will do our best to find it.

To Learn More about the Office of Faith-based Outreach click here.

Resources:


The following community organizations share our passion for improving the health and support efforts of the Office of Faith-based Outreach.

     

 

Connect with us:

  

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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1-800-462-0599