Dr. Wright has 32 years of experience in the medical field and deeply cares for each and every patient. He is committed to serving as the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership's (ARHP) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Physician Champion. As the Physician Champion, Dr. Wright works tirelessly with the community, state, and federal leaders to help those at risk or struggling with SUD. Since he became the ARHP Physician Champion, Dr. Wright participated in developing a SUD video with ARHP and local leaders in which he shares his struggle with opiates and the devastating loss of his son to an overdose. Dr. Wright serves on the ARHP Behavioral Health Task Force and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Consortium, which spans 19 counties in south Arkansas. He is always eager to help those in need whether it by through his medical practice or through sharing the story of him and his family’s struggle with opioids.
On the third Thursday of November every year, NOSORH, the member association for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health, leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD is an annual day of celebration that shines a light on those who serve the vital health needs of the estimated 57 million people living in rural America. On November 18, the 11th annual NRHD, NOSORH will honor and celebrate Dr. Jim Wright incredible contributions to rural health by sharing their story in the official book of Community Stars.
Beginning in 2015, NOSORH made a nationwide call for Community Star nominations, seeking individuals, organizations, and coalitions making a positive impact in rural communities. This year, nominations cover every state, making this the first time in the recognition program’s history for sharing50 inspiring stories, including Dr. Jim Wright’s story of his struggle with SUD, grief, and recovery.
The 2021 Community Stars eBook was published on the official NRHD website, powerofrural.org, onNovember 18, 2021. *** Please note a correction in the Power of Rural article: Jimmy McGill, AR State Peer Recovery Coordinator, developed "The Recovery Clinic" Facebook live show and Dr. Wright has been active in promoting and supporting this online recovery clinic for those at risk or struggling with SUD.
To hear Dr. Jim Wright’s story, watch the video below.
The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is a non-profit horizontal hospital and economic development organization composed of fourteen independently owned, South Arkansas rural hospitals, two Federally Qualified Health Centers, and two Medical Schools. Each of the participating hospitals are represented by the Chief Executive Officer on the board of ARHP. This unique network is the largest healthcare service provider in the area and serves as a hub for economic growth and development across the region. ARHP efforts aim to support and improve existing healthcare infrastructure, while strengthening healthcare delivery across rural south Arkansas.
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ARHP is a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit comprised of 15 rural hospital members & 2 FQHC's spanning south Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities.