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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:

10/8/2021

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 bit.ly/AMHCAnniversary30.

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.

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Get up to $5,000 in funding from AMHC sponsorship

Posted: April 16, 2021

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications for health-related events to be hosted July 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.

Applicants may receive up to $5,000 in funding.

To apply, applicants can download and complete all required documents from AMHC’s website at arminorityhealth.com/resources/funding-opportunities

Applications must be submitted via email to Onekia Freeman at Onekia.Freeman@arkansas.gov by 11:59 p.m., Saturday, May 15. Any applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

It is the intent of the AMHC to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address health problems that disproportionately affect minorities in Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process.

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.

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AMHC now accepting applications for Minority Health Workforce Diversity scholarship

Posted: March 29, 2021

For Immediate Release:

March 29, 2021

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is accepting applications for its Minority Health Workforce Diversity scholarship from now until April 21.

Full or part-time college students of a minority race who plan to pursue a career in the field of health are encouraged to apply.

The goal of the scholarship offering is to help increase diversity in the state’s healthcare workforce, which could have positive effects on both the health of minority populations and the quality of care in Arkansas.

Full-time scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 per academic year and part-time recipients, $500 per academic year.

Students who wish to apply for the scholarship may download the application at arminorityhealth.com/initiatives/workforce-diversity-scholarship. The completed application form must be emailed to AMHC’s human resource specialist, Onekia Freeman, at Onekia.Freeman@arkansas.gov.

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.

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AMHC now accepting sponsorship applications for health events hosted during Minority Health Awareness Month

Posted: January 19, 2021

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications for health-related events to be hosted April 1 through April 30, 2021, during Minority Health Awareness Month.

To apply, applicants must download and complete all required documents, which can be found on AMHC’s website at arminorityhealth.com/resources/funding-opportunities.  

Applications must be submitted via email to Onekia Freeman at Onekia.Freeman@arkansas.gov by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15. Any applications received after this date and time will not be accepted.

It is the intent of the AMHC to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address health problems that disproportionately affect minorities in Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process.

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission now accepting sponsorship applications for COVID-19 and other health related events

Posted: October 26, 2020

For Immediate Release:

10/26/20

 

Little Rock, Ark. –  The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications until Sunday, Nov. 15, for health-related events to be hosted Jan. 1 through June 30, 2021.

 

In addition to accepting applications related to traditional health topics such as nutrition and fitness, mental health, HIV and obesity, we will also be accepting applications for COVID-19 focused events.

 

Applicants may review and submit the required sponsorship documents by visiting our webpage here: https://www.arminorityhealth.com/resources/funding-opportunities/.

 

By Sunday, Nov. 15, applicants must submit their applications via email to Onekia Freeman at onekia.freeman@arkansas.gov. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not require applications to be mailed at this time.

 

It is the AMHC’s intent to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in Arkansas. The AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process in an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent diseases in these communities.

 

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.

 

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TV’s Judge Glenda Hatchett to give keynote address during AMHC virtual health summit

Posted: September 1, 2020

Little Rock, Ark. – Judge Glenda Hatchett from tv’s “The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,” will deliver the keynote address during Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s (AMHC) 6th Biennial Minority Health Summit to be hosted online on Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The virtual event will also feature a panel discussion on COVID-19, presented by trusted community leaders. In addition, AMHC will honor three health advocates in Arkansas whose work has benefitted the state’s underserved and underrepresented populations.

To register for this year’s event, visit the following link: bit.ly/2020VirtualAMHCSummitRegistration.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact AMHC media specialist, Brittany Desmuke at AMHC.Communications@arkansas.gov or visit the AMHC website here: arminorityhealth.com/events/details/6th-biennial-minority-health-summit.

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.

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AMHC now accepting sponsorship applications for Minority Health Awareness Month and sponsorship recipient announcement

Posted: January 22, 2020

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AMHC offers Minority Health Workforce Diversity Scholarship

Posted: January 22, 2020

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AMHC offers free flu shots during Community Health Screening Day

Posted: October 21, 2019

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission accepting sponsorship applications for events hosted during Minority Health Awareness Month

Posted: January 18, 2019

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications for health related events to be hosted April 1 through April 30, 2019, during Minority Health Awareness Month. The deadline to submit an application will be the close of business day on Friday, Feb. 15.

It is the intent of the AMHC to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address health problems that disproportionately affect minorities in Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process.

Applicants may review and submit the required documents for sponsorships by visiting the Funding Opportunities page on the AMHC website: http://arminorityhealth.com/resources/funding-opportunities/.

Please mail applications to:

Sponsorship Application

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

1501 S. Main St. Ste. A

Little Rock, AR 72202

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission announces sponsorship awards

Posted: January 18, 2019

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is proud to announce its first round of sponsorship recipients for 2019. Fourteen organizations will receive funding from the AMHC to assist in the execution of health events hosted from Jan. 1 to June 15.  

The AMHC recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas, and the nation, requires collaboration. For this reason, the agency often teams up with other organizations, such as schools, community and faith-based groups, to address health problems that affect minorities.

To help aid in the development of new and innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention in minority communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships through a competitive application process.

“I am happy to continue partnerships that support Arkansas communities as well as develop new partners and reach all four corners of the state,” said ShaRhonda Love, director of the AMHC.

The newest sponsorship recipients are as follows:

  • 12th Street Health and Wellness Center
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Arkansas Cancer Coalition
  • Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission
  • Arkansas Public Health Association
  • Chicot Memorial
  • Daughters of Charity Services of AR
  • Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
  • LR Chapter Links, Inc.
  • Lupus Foundation
  • LV Floyd Memorial Tutoring and After School Program
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Reform Inc.
  • UAPB Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission to host Springdale Community Health Forum

Posted: January 18, 2019

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) would like to invite the citizens of Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison counties to our community health forum in Springdale, Ark., on Thursday, Jan. 17. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jones Center on 922 E. Emma Ave.

Health statistics, risk factors, and other health related information will be provided by a local physician, followed by an open discussion, where attendees will be encouraged to ask questions or make suggestions on how to improve the health of minorities within their communities.

The community health forum is free and open to the public. A free dinner will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission’s website gets makeover

Posted: January 18, 2019

It is with immense pleasure that the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) announces today the launch of its newly revitalized website.

With a sleeker look, yet simple layout, arminorityhealth.com aligns with the goal of the agency, which is to be a catalyst in bridging the gap in the health status of minority and majority populations in Arkansas. The AMHC seeks to accomplish this by addressing disparities within minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within the health care system, and making recommendations to relevant agencies, the governor and the state legislature.

"We are so excited about our new website launch and the experience it offers our visitors as we continue to advance as an agency,” said ShaRhonda Love, director of the AMHC.

The AMHC’s website not only has a new look, but it is also easy to use and is web accessible, which ensures that all users have equal access to the site’s information and functionality. In addition, essential information can be found swiftly using the homepage features, including the slideshow that details the agency’s initiatives, as well as buttons labeled with descriptive icons that can take visitors from the volunteer form to scheduling the agency’s soon-to-come Mobile Health Unit.

The AMHC website will be updated on a regular basis with upcoming events, monthly health topics, funding opportunities, press releases, publications and tweets. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and subscribe to the email listserv for frequent updates at arminorityhealth.com/sign-up.

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

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission accepting sponsorship applications

Posted: November 26, 2018

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 18, for health related events to be hosted Jan. 1 through June 15, 2019.

It is the intent of the AMHC to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address health problems that disproportionately affect minorities in Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process.

Applicants may review and submit the required documents for sponsorships by visiting the Funding Opportunities page on the AMHC website: http://arminorityhealth.com/resources/funding-opportunities/.

Please mail applications to:

Sponsorship Application

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

1501 S. Main St. Ste. A

Little Rock, AR 72202

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission to host health fair Oct. 6

Posted: November 26, 2018

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host a community health fair on Saturday, Oct.6 in partnership with the Sebastian County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith College of Health Sciences.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elm Grove Community Center on 1901 N. Greenwood Ave. in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Attendees will be offered free health screenings for prostate, cholesterol, pulse oxygen, blood pressure, glucose, HIV/AIDS and body mass index.

Vendors and additional participants will include:

Alcohol Beverage Control

ARcare – will provide HIV screenings

Arkansas Department Workforce Services Mobile Unit – will provide on site job applications

Arkansas Health and Wellness

Arkansas Human Development Corporation

Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation – will provide prostate screenings

Arkansas Tobacco Control Coalition

CPR Demonstration

Dietician

Fort Smith EMS

Fort Smith Fire Department

Fort Smith Police Department

Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc.

U.S. Marshall’s Office

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, College of Health Science – will provide health screenings (blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, pulse oxygen and BMI)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences AR SAVES

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Translational Research

YU Train Fitness

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is excited about the opportunity to partner with Sebastian County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith College of Health Sciences for this health initiative providing screenings and health education.

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.

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Arkansas Minority Health Commission names new health specialist

Posted: October 18, 2018

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is proud to announce and welcome LaCoya Stewart as its new health program specialist. Stewart will be responsible for developing and maintaining the organization’s public health initiatives, specifically Southern Ain’t Fried Sundays, a program designed to offer Arkansans a healthy twist on traditional soul food meals, and Camp iRock, summer fitness and nutrition camps for adolescents.

Stewart, an England, Arkansas, native, obtained her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. She started her career as a patient information assistant at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and remained with the institution for 13 years, nine of which she spent on the Dental Outreach team. Stewart later became a fiscal support specialist at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Stewart joined the AMHC family in October 2017 as a fiscal support analyst. After deciding to take on a new role within the agency, Stewart said, “I have always had a passion for helping others. My role as the health specialist at AMHC will allow me to do what I love while supporting the mission and goals of our agency.”

With plans to increase the awareness of AMHC while targeting underserved communities, Stewart says she looks forward to the footwork and watching the organization’s hard work materialize.

“The AMHC is thankful to have dedicated employees like LaCoya who we are able to promote, while encouraging her passion, to serve minority populations within our state,” said ShaRhonda Love, AMHC director.

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.

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