Arkansas Diabetes Advisory Council 

Arkansas Department of Health
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Coordinates & Collaborates with the Arkansas Diabetes Advisory Council to achieve Program goals

Dennis F. Moore, Pharm. D.
Arkansas Diabetes Advisory Council Chair
Office: 870-698-1033 | Email

Bonnie J. Bradley, Diabetes Section Chief
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Office:  501-661-2093 | Email

The DAC seeks members from a wide range of backgrounds and geographic locations from across the state to assist in our goals and objectives.

Purpose of the Council: is to provide leadership to reduce the burden of diabetes in Arkansas. The Council represents public and private partners to promote education, awareness, and quality of care to reduce the burden of complications. The Council advocates for legislation, policies and programs to improve the treatment and outcomes of people with diabetes in Arkansas.

Membership consists of: persons with diabetes (or family members), nurse educators, dietitians, primary care providers, podiatrists, endocrinologists, pharmacists, community health centers, Diabetes  Self-management Education Programs, health plans, ADA, JDRF, Arkansas Department of Health, consumer or sales groups, academic institutions, etc.

More information: Diabetes Advisory Council

Meetings are conducted at least four times a year. Conference calling capability is available for those not able to travel to the Little Rock meeting location.  Next meeting will be June 2, 2011 at 11:30 am.

Arkansas Diabetes State Plan: 2009-2014

The current diabetes state plan calls for emphasis in the following areas. Subcommittees meet to solidify activities.

4 subcommittees:

  1. Patient Education – to increase diabetes knowledge among patients and caregivers to improve diabetes self-management behaviors and related health outcomes.
  2. Provider Education – to expand providers’ cultural competency, diabetes knowledge and adherence to the American Diabetes Association clinical practice guidelines.
  3. Public Education – to build support and understanding in the general public regarding diabetes prevention, early detection, and treatment methods in Arkansas.
  4. Policy-maker Education – to influence and promote policy decisions in businesses, health facilities, state agencies, and state government/legislative branches to promote policies and programs that support diabetes prevention and control.
  5. Major accomplishments include:

    1. Working with health officials and providers citizens, and health researchers produced a five-year diabetes state plan for 2009- 2014 and an annual action plan for 2009.
    2. Providing assistance in the implementation of the Diabetes State Plan by supporting and coordinating activities and strategies set forth in the DPCP Annual Action Plan.
    3. The Diabetes Advisory Council provides a wide range of support services such as technical assistance, quality improvement and health promotion through media messages.
       Such as: Media campaigns targeting the Month of November as Diabetes Awareness Month.   Scoreboards on university/college campuses, TV, Print ads, traffic to websites (Diabetes Prevention & Control Program and other Chronic Disease Programs) and ways to prevent diabetes in at-risk populations by working with community partners to prevent and control diabetes; thereby improving the quality of life for all persons affected by diabetes.

The mission of the Diabetes Advisory Council: is to reduce the economic, social, physical and psychological impact of diabetes in Arkansas by improving access to care and enhancing the quality of services by linking and maintaining effective network management relationships and implementing sound public health strategies.

Emphasis: 

  • Increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of early detection and prevention of diabetes among residents of Arkansas.
  • Increase access to education for those identified with pre-diabetes.
  • Improve access to education and other resources necessary for diabetes self-management.

Small Steps Lead to Big Rewards
Managing Diabetes is not easy but it is worth it