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Dr. Joycelyn Elders to join Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s virtual 30th anniversary celebration

Posted: October 8, 2021

For Immediate Release:


Little Rock, Ark. – Former United States Surgeon General and one of the founding members of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), Dr. Joycelyn Elders, will be joining AMHC for its virtual 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Along with Dr. Elders, the one-hour event will feature a panel of AMHC’s former directors who will each detail health initiatives implemented during their tenures that helped to push the mission of the agency forward.

In 1991, health disparities among minority populations took center stage when Dr. Elders presented findings to the Arkansas General Assembly from a report that documented 60,000 excess deaths occurring in minority populations each year. Eighty percent of these deaths were due to cancer, cardiovascular disease, chemical dependency, diabetes, homicide, suicide, unintentional injuries and infant mortality.

Following Elders’ testimony, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 912 that established AMHC to address the diseases and conditions aiding in this disparity. 

Thirty years later, AMHC is continuing to work diligently to eliminate health disparities among minority populations.

To join the agency’s virtual 30th anniversary celebration, visit

This event is free and open to the public.

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission works to assure that all minority Arkansans have equitable access to preventive health care and seeks ways to promote health and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations.