The Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum 

Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum 2015: 

Prevention, Policy & Practice in Action

Please note: Early registration ends  at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27.

The Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council (ACDCC) will host the 2015 Chronic Disease Forum Conference on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Benton Event Center in Benton, Arkansas (locator map). Registration starts at 8:00 am. The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:15 PM.

The Chronic Disease Forum is a time for Continuing Education, Networking, Motivation, Rededication to Objectives and Fun. See draft agenda below.

The early registration fee is $49.99. Registration fee after April 27 is $75. 
Register here online!
Printable registration form (PDF)

A limited number of scholarships will be available. Scholarship awardees will be expected to volunteer to assist event organizers before and after the forum. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Sponsorship of this Forum is an excellent way to reach public health advocates, educators, health care providers, community groups, and anyone with a passion for a healthy Arkansas! Click here to become a sponsor of the Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum 2015: Prevention, Policy and Practice in Action.

2015 Chronic Disease Forum Continuing Education Credits
The Chronic Disease Coordinating Council has applied for 6.25 hours of continuing education credits. Click here for more information

For registration information contact:
Trena Mitchell




8:00 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:00


Barbara Kumpe, Chair
Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council
Arkansas Government Relations Director Southwest Affiliate
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Health Care Policy & Practice
Key Speakers Notes

9:00 – 9:45

Bridging Community Prevention and Health Care:
The Community-Centered Health Homes Model

Rea Pañares, Senior Advisor Prevention Institute, a national center dedicated to building momentum for community prevention.
9:45 – 10:15

Chronic Disease Framework for Action: An Update

Namvar Zohoori, MD, Deputy Chief Science Officer
Arkansas Department of Health
10:15– 10:30 Break

Health Care Policy & Practice

10:30 – 11:45

Legislative Actions
Panel Moderator
The Honorable Deborah Ferguson
Arkansas House of Representatives
Vice Chair Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee

Rural Health Hospital Systems Care – Legislative Impacts and Perspectives for the Future
Jodiane Tritt, JD
AR Hospital Association

Arkansas’ Insurance Marketplace--Accessing Care
Bruce Donaldson, CHC
Arkansas Insurance Department

The State of Oral Health in Arkansas
Lindy Bollen Jr., DDS
Director of Oral Health
Arkansas Department of Health


11:45 – 12:15


Lunch and Award Presentations
Barbara Kumpe, Chair
Chronic Disease Coordinating Council

Americans with Disabilities
Vanessa Nehus, MA, JD
Principal Investigator
Partners for Inclusive Communities
University of Arkansas


Community Policy and Practice

1:00 – 2:00

Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH, Director and State Health Officer
Arkansas Department of Health
2:00 – 2:15 Physical Activity Break

Community Policy and Practice

2:15 - 3:30

Panel Moderator
Joy Rockenbach

Jump Start Central Arkansas Initiative
Casey R. Covington, PE, AICP
CARTS Study Director

Building a Successful Wellness Program
Jayme Mayo
PA-C/Wellness Director
Nabholz Wellness Program
Nabholz Construction

Shared/Joint Use Agreements: Case Study of Bryant Parks
Brandon Griffin
Parks Director
City of Bryant

Tobacco and Chronic Disease: Inequity in Diverse Communities
Joyce Raynor
Executive Director
Women’s Council on African American Affairs


On the Horizon

3:15 – 4:00

Policy and Systems of Care on the Horizon
Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, MPH
Chronic Disease Medical Director
Arkansas Department of Health

Barbara Kumpe, Chair
Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council


4:00-4:15 Closing Remarks and Evaluation

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