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2011 Sustainability Conference
March 29th, 30th & 31st, 2011 the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control cooperative effort known as the Arkansas Assessment Initiative in concert with Hometown Health Improvement coordinated a conference at the North Little Rock Wyndham Hotel. The conference; entitled “Funding your Future” focused on the idea of building partnerships and learning ways to sustain them over time. Each region presented on programs they have been working on during the last year including challenges and successes. Poster presentations were also encouraged so that communities and local health unit personnel could have an area to network and share ideas about successful projects that have been carried out at the local level. We were fortunate to have Mayors from two different cities deliver a presentations on what they were doing in their areas to improve health. Mayor Chip Johnson from Hernando Mississippi delivered a very inspirational presentation about “Doing More with Less”. And Mayor Orville Elmbaugh from Batesville Arkansas shared what they have accomplished in Batesville Arkansas by utilizing the assets available and motivating his community to act. The conference was successful in attracting 216 registrants from throughout the state with an increase in the number of community members over the 2010 conference.
2010 Sustainability Conference
Hometown Health Improvement (HHI) community coalitions were featured by this statewide conference sponsored by the ADH Assessment Initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with speakers who discussed sustainability from all levels – global, national, state, community and personal – accomplishments of groups from around the state were highlighted with poster exhibits, tri-fold boards, brochures, pamphlets and power point presentations.
HHI coalitions shared information in panel discussions highlighting their greatest successes and challenges, including efforts toward sustainability. A panel of global organizations included Heifer International, Winrock Institute and the Arkansas Sustainability Network. Day Two topics included statistical resources available from UALR, the County Health Rankings and CDC support for assessment activities, as well as motivational addresses by ADH leadership. Top administrative officials from several state agencies participated in a panel discussion to wrap up the conference. More than 170 participants attended the conference.