We are committed to sharing the rural story in a way that affects positive changes within our communities, towns, organizations, and state capital. Every decision we make considers how to strengthen and amplify the rural voice.

Jarrid Duncan is an ARHP advocate in recovery from substance use disorder in DeWitt, AR.
Dr. Jim Wright is an advocate for rural health and often speaks on the dangers of opiate addiction and substance use.
Christina Smith - Probation Officer for South Arkansas County District Court out of DeWitt, AR and a community partner of ARHP.
Ophal Lindsey is a prescription assistance patient and an ARHP advocate out of Chicot, AR.
Special Agent John Carter, 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, fights the opioid epidemic in Drew County, AR.

We Are Rural Health Champions

We engage community members, leaders, and policy makers to effect transformative change that improves the health equity of those living in rural Arkansas.

2017 HRSA Rural Health Community Champion Award: Creative Partnerships
ABOVE: Brian Thomas, CEO of Jefferson Regional and ARHP President meets with U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) to discuss topics such as the impact of Medicare Advantage plans on rural hospitals and the burden of rules and regulations, particularly related to hospital mergers, and the 340B Drup Pricing Program.

Amplifying the Rural Voice on Capitol Hill

Every day, ARHP hospital members work tirelessly on behalf of the communities they serve. At times, this means that hospital administrators must play the role of content expert and advocate as they inform legislators on critical issues and policies impacting rural health.

We must continue to be a voice for rural health in Arkansas by engaging in transformative conversations, partnerships, and initiatives with our national, regional, state, and local partners.

Rick Crawford
U.S. Representative, Arkansas District 1
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Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA
Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Bruce Westerman
U.S. Representative, Arkansas District 4
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Keep Healthcare Local

We believe in localized care. Our hospitals/clinics are the lifeblood for sustaining rural Arkansas.

Rural hospitals across Arkansas are facing critical and immediate needs to keep their doors open. For some, the situation is dire. The ripple effect within a rural community from a single closure will be devastating. 

ARHP assists rural healthcare systems and their leaders to navigate the continual changes required to remain financially sustainable and locally relevant. This work touches on every facet of care delivery, from the way services are provided to how they are reimbursed, and the way facilities are structured to meet changing requirements while also responding to community needs.

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