Arkansas Wellness Coalition 

Statement of Purpose

The Arkansas Wellness Coalition (AWC) is a voluntary effort of the health care and employer community to improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans through the use of nationally recognized, peer reviewed, clinical guidelines for physician, consumer, and employer education. These principles will be used by all participants and will focus on disease entities and/or healthy lifestyles.

Goals
Consolidate efforts to improve quality of care and health outcomes on certain high-cost, high risk diseases and promote healthy lifestyles.

Develop materials referring to nationally recognized standards such as those put forth by Healthy People 2010, the National Committee of Quality Assurance, and other disease-specific organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Principles
The Arkansas Wellness Coalition (AWC) shall consist of organizations and key stakeholders with interest in improving the delivery of health care through the use of nationally recognized principles for physician, consumer and employer education. Participation in the Coalition may vary according to the current project/activity.

Each collaborating organization shall commit to support projects and to promote and publicize materials to its membership. Members of the AWC shall meet monthly, or as determined necessary.

AWC members shall review projects and activities prior to their initiation. Topics will be selected by a consensus of the membership.

Information on the projects shall not be released to the public without the review and consent of the AWC. Organizations shall not present themselves in any written or oral format as representing AWC without the approval of the AWC.

The AWC may conduct and support interdisciplinary educational forums for the purpose of sharing resources and encouraging local initiatives to enhance quality care. The AWC shall collaborate and establish partnerships to organize and provide assistance with local health initiatives.

Educational programs may be developed based upon medical literature, national initiatives and statistics. Educational materials, publications and bibliographies shall be created and developed around selected health topics. Strategies for dissemination of educational interventions shall include, but not be limited to, seminars, collaborative projects, newsletters, and utilizations of the pharmaceutical industry and health plan representatives. Participating organizations may disseminate the educational information to their membership.