The Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum 

2015 Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum

The ACDCC has scheduled the Eighth Chronic Disease Forum for Thursday, April 30, 2015. 
Save the date and see the council’s plans so far for this event.

What?: A Time for Continuing Education, Networking, Motivation, Rededication to Objectives and Fun

When?: All Day, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where?: Benton Event Center, Benton, Arkansas, 17322 Interstate 30 North in the Hickory Square Shopping Center

Why?: Because we are committed to increasing the quality and years of healthy life for all Arkansans by reducing the burden of chronic diseases through education, prevention and treatment.

How?:  Registration opens March 1, 2015 - ends April 17, 2015.

How Much?: $49.99 per person before April 17, 2015, and $75 per person after that and at the door of the event.

A limited number of scholarships will be available.
Scholarship awardees will be expected to volunteer to assist event organizers before and after the forum.

Registration will be done electronically at at

For registration information contact:
Trena Mitchell 

About the Forum

Mission:  To increase the quality and years of healthy life for all Arkansans, by reducing the burden of chronic disease through collaborative action and policy development aimed at education, prevention, treatment and advocacy. The Forum grew out of the Arkansas Department of Health's goal of integrating chronic disease programs.  The process began in 2003 and included key stakeholders and partners from community organizations as well as staff from ADH programs.  This effort led to a day-long Chronic Disease Forum in 2005.  Work at the Forum resulted in a Chronic Disease State Plan entitled "Changing the Culture of Health in Arkansas: A Coordinated Approach to Health Promotion and Prevention of Chronic Diseases and Related Complications".  The Plan detailed goals, objectives and strategies that were common to all the programs represented at the Forum. 

 In 2008 another Chronic Disease Forum was held to review and identify accomplishments since 2005 and plan future strategies.  More than 80 participants representing twenty-two different organizations attended.  Participants at this Forum identified the top goals for revision of the chronic disease state plan and prioritized strategies for these goals. The goals were based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy People 2010 objectives.  Healthy People 2010 is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

As a result of the work of the 2008 Chronic Disease Forum, participants identified a number of goals:
  • Increase the proportion of Arkansans of all ages who have a healthy weight
  • Increase the percentage of Arkansans of all ages who engage in regular physical activity
  • Promote lifelong healthy eating habits for Arkansans of all ages
  • Prevent the initiation of tobacco use among youth
  • Promote tobacco cessation among Arkansans of all ages.
  • Improve access to screening and health care services for all chronic diseases in rural and underserved areas
  • Educate and inform the public on health issues related to prevention and control of chronic diseases
  • Develop and implement a legislative agenda to support the policy and fiscal needs of chronic disease activities
  • Support professional education activities that promote high quality health care
  • Support the development of communities that promote life-long physical activity, healthy nutrition and tobacco free environments
  • Support universal design of communities to accommodate people with disabilitie

Since 2008 a coordinating group has been working to ensure that the goals are addressed and the strategies are implemented.  The group planned additional regional and state forums.

The 2010 Forum was held at five regional summits across Arkansas and focused on the Healthy People 2020 framework.  This will be used to plan strategies to reduce the incidence and impact of chronic diseases. An emphasis on public participation and community feedback added an element of inclusiveness that will benefit planning and program implementation.

Forum Background
2003-4 Initial talks and planning
2005 First Chronic Disease Forum
First Chronic Disease State Plan - "Changing the Culture of Health in Arkansas"
2008 Second Chronic Disease Forum
Prioritize Goals and Strategies
2009 Third Chronic Disease Forum
2010 Fourth Chronic Disease Forum (Held at five regional summits across Arkansas)
2011 5th Annual Chronic Disease Forum
Healthy People 2020 Arkansas Framework for Action unveiled
2012 Sixth Chronic Disease Forum
2013 Seventh Chronic Disease Forum
2015 Eighth Chronic Disease Forum

Update and Revise State Plan
Develop Management, Accountability and Evaluation Plan
Strengthen Integration and Collaboration