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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 south 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.

Arkansas is among the top states in the nation with the highest percentage of rural hospitals at financial risk. Currently, there are 29 hospitals in Arkansas (about 60%) in danger of closing. When a rural hospital closes, the entire welfare of the community suffers.

We invite you to join our grassroots movement as community members and leaders shape the face of health and wellness across rural Arkansas. Become a member, sponsor, or donor today!

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