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Rural Health Equity

We believe that residents across south Arkansas should not live shorter or poorer quality lives largely because they live in a rural setting. We envision a future where all south Arkansas residents can enjoy access to excellent healthcare providers and experience quality health outcomes no matter their socioeconomic background, gender, ethnicity, and where they choose to live and work.

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) was founded by a handful of rural hospital leaders who knew the significance and stabilizing force of home, community, and healthcare.  Our members recognized early on that if they wanted to continue to shape the health, wellness, and lives of their communities, they had to work together—hand-in-hand with local leaders, other rural healthcare providers, state and federal partners, and community members themselves- to truly address the needs of South Arkansas residents.

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Quick Facts

  • 501c3 founded in 2008
  • Our mission is to create and implement sustainable community solutions to improve the healthcare infrastructure and strengthen healthcare delivery in rural Arkansas.
  • Board of Directors comprised of 13 rural hospital CEOs in south Arkansas
  • Predominantly serving the south Arkansas Delta region
  • Our members consist of 14 rural hospital members, 2 medical teaching institutions, and 2 FQHCs throughout south Arkansas.
  • Programs & services largely driven by priorities identified in current Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA)
  • Focus Areas: 1) Healthcare Workforce Pipeline 2) Community Initiatives/Population Health, 3) Rural Hospital/Clinic Sustainability & Viability, and 4) Healthcare Provider Training, Education, & Support Services