Building the Health Workforce of Tomorrow

In 2018, ARHP conducted an independent survey of 17 school districts located across southeast Arkansas. Less than 6% of high school students in the service area met all college readiness benchmarks based on 2017 ACT results.

The number of economically-disadvantaged high school students (determined by those eligible for free or reduced school lunch) is also exceedingly high, with an average of 73.5% (National School Lunch Program, 2015-2016). According to the Arkansas Department of Education, nearly one in five high school students in the region dropped out (2015-2016). Between 2012-16, 40% of students did not go on to attend school beyond high school. Less than 50% in the region attended college within the first year of high school graduation.

Distinct Challenges

  • High dropout rate
  • Low number of students going to college within a year of high school graduation
  • Lack of social and academic support to succeed
  • Low test scores
  • Low college applications and admissions
  • High number of economically disadvantaged students

Strategies for Success

There are very few programs in South Arkansas to grow interest in and support individuals desiring to pursue a health profession. ARHP wants to change that statistic by developing a pre-professional health academy that will provide support and assistance to students through the educational pipeline and into health career placement within the service area.
  • Generate interest in health careers beginning in middle school
  • Enhance college readiness through ACT & SAT test preparation
  • Provide local health professional experiences
  • Offer one-on-one support to students to prepare for and successfully navigate the academic pipeline
  • Provide stipends to economically disadvantaged students in order to decrease the financial burden

Our Staff

ARHP leadership has prioritized professional development and networking opportunities among partners and program staff with the understanding that it is critical for the network to remain relevant and up-to-date with the changing healthcare landscape.

Our Board

The ARHP Board of Directors is comprised of 14 members - each are CEO's from our 14-member hospitals within our partnership. The Board has recognized the importance of teamwork and has successfully navigated challenging situations over the years.

ARHP Clinically Integrated Network (CIN)

The ARHP Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) is a collection of health providers, such as physicians, hospitals, and post-acute specialists that have joined together to improve care and reduce costs. The newly formed CIN is a direct result of ARHP partners working together to address chronic disease and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions.
The ARHP CIN currently offers care coordination services to hospital systems in the region. The role and responsibilities of the care coordinator include:

CIN members will benefit from new care coordination service offerings. This will allow patients to experience enhanced care and follow-up between appointments and keep their healthcare as close to home as possible, even when they need to access specialty services previously restricted to urban providers outside of the region.

- Brandon Gorman, ARHP CFO/COO