Focus Areas

Health Workforce Continuum

ARHP works with diverse education partners from across the region and state to recruit, educate, and retain a local healthcare workforce and then ensures access to current, best practice training and continuing education courses to provide top-notch care. 

Healthcare Training & Education

The organization provides continuing education units (CEUs), training, and certification for existing health workforce to continue providing quality, locally available care. Efforts include access to an online CEU learning platform, in-person certifications (i.e. basic life support), simulation training, and more.

Community Health Worker Training

ARHP will soon become an approved CHW training provider for the state of Arkansas (through the Arkansas Community Health Worker Association). The organization actively trains students, community members, and key stakeholders to serve as CHWs in order to meet the demonstrated health and health-social needs of rural residents.

Health Workforce Website

The interactive website provides an in-depth introduction to in-demand health careers throughout the region. Features include video interviews with rural health workforce, education and training requirements, local colleges and universities with programs of study, and annual salaries of healthcare positions.The website is loaded on large, interactive white boards that travel with the ARHP health workforce mobile unit.

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Student Internships

Rising and current college students have the opportunity to intern at ARHP and member healthcare organizations throughout the service area to gain first-hand experience, valuable certifications, and training.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

The goal of the UAMS Arkansas Delta Health Careers Opportunity Program Academy is to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the access, education and training essential for pursuing careers as health professionals. This federally funded initiative equips students with essential skills to help them compete for admission to health or allied health professions schools, enroll in these schools, and eventually graduate from them.

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Health Workforce Mobile Unit

The mobile unit (managed by ARHP and in partnership with UAMS and CHCA) travels across the state to inform and educate individuals about the need for and availability of meaningful careers in rural healthcare. Features include engagement with current rural health workforce, connection to local programs of study, student support services, and simulation experiences.

Connect to Tech

The program offers full scholarships and student support services for 70 individuals to successfully complete a certificate or degree program in Health Information Technology (University of Arkansas at Monticello) or Behavioral Health Technology (Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas).

Regional Nursing Clinical Collaborative

The first regional nursing collaborative of its kind brings together nurse leaders from 9 nursing schools, 17 hospitals, and 2 FQHCs to recruit, train, and retain the next generation of Arkansas Delta nurses. The three focus areas include laying critical groundwork for new and expanded academic practice partnerships, centralized clinical placement software, and the rural Arkansas nursing development network.

Rural Residency Training Track

The intensive planning project engages regional and state education and healthcare partners (6) to establish an ACGME-accredited rural residency training program in family medicine by 2024 in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Ashley County Medical Center (Crossett, AR).

Connect to Healthcare Operations

The program offers full scholarships and student support services for individuals (predominantly in existing health careers) to successfully complete a certificate or degree program in healthcare business operations (University of Arkansas Grantham). Programs of study include medical coding and billing, health information management, clinical documentation, and healthcare administration.

For more information about our program initiatives, please contact:
Amanda Kuttenkuler
Vice President of Outreach Initiatives
(501) 588-3938