Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative 

What is the Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative?

The ACT Collaborative is a group of health care and public health professionals dedicated to improving the management of chronic diseases.  Collaborative partners include the Arkansas Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Section (DPCS), the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Section (HDSPS) and the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, in addition to the Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc., the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine CME Division and the Arkansas Geriatric Education Center (AGEC).

The ACT Collaborative is a way for health care clinic teams to use the National Health Disparities Collaborative Chronic Care Model to share ideas and knowledge, learn and apply new techniques, and match medical practices with clinical guidelines based on scientific evidence about what works best.  The goal is an informed, motivated patient and a prepared, proactive practice team.

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Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative Introduction Video

Arkansas Clinical Transformation (ACT) Collaborative Brochure

The chronic care model can be implemented in clinics, hospitals or private practices to improve care for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  Use of the model helps health care staff provide a more satisfying experience for patients and their caregivers as well as maintain or decrease cost. 

The chronic care model can be implemented in clinics, hospitals or private practices to improve care for patients with diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  Use of the model helps health care staff provide a more satisfying experience for patients and their caregivers as well as maintain or decrease cost.  The chronic care model can be implemented in clinics, hospitals or private practices to improve care for patients with diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.  Use of the model helps health care staff provide a more satisfying experience for patients and their caregivers as well as maintain or decrease cost. 

Health care practices or facilities that would like to be members of the ACT Collaborative must complete 3 two day learning sessions and a 1 day congress over a 13 month period. Funding is available to assist teams with expenses related to completion of the training.

Since 2003, the DPCS and partners have provided quality care improvement training to community health clinics, private clinics, hospitals, and other health care facilities to improve health outcomes for Arkansans living with chronic diseases. Using proven practices, sharing ideas and knowledge, applying new methods for organizational change, and implementing the Chronic Care Model statewide, members of the ACT Collaborative are aligning medical practice with evidence-based clinical guidelines. The long-range goal of the collaborative is to maximize the length and quality of life for patients with diabetes, heart disease, and satisfy patient and caregiver needs, and maintain or decrease the cost of care.

The DPCS, HDSPS, and AGEC provide funding for clinics to participate in the 13 month collaborative.  This funding has been used in the past to help offset the cost of clinic staff during trainings and electronic record establishment, to name two examples.

ACT Collaborative Partners:  Primary Care Clinics, Internal Medicine Clinics, Health Care Networks (Baptist and St. Vincent’s) Veterans Affairs Primary Care Clinics, Area Health Education Centers, and Community Health Care Clinics, AR Foundation for Medical Foundation.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the training and become a member of the ACT Collaborative a facility must be a:

  • Primary care practice affiliated with a hospital, health system or practice network or a
  • Private family care or internal medicine practice or a
  • Health care network clinic or an
  • Arkansas Health Education Center (AHEC)

Benefits to Participants

The Chronic Disease Branch assists members of the ACT Collaborative by:

  • Offering assistance in setting up a patient registry
  • Providing expert instruction in the use of the National Health Disparities Collaborative Chronic Care Model
  • Providing updates on current guidelines and quality care practices
  • Facilitating the sharing of information, materials and experiences with participating practice teams
  • Assisting in a focus on chronic disease prevention and intervention

As a result of participation in the Collaborative, chronic disease patients should see improved health outcomes and increased patient self-management and satisfaction.