Healthy Communities

ADH Grand Rounds

Public Health Grand Rounds is presented each Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Arkansas Department of Health's Dr. Joseph H. Bates Professional Education Auditorium at 4815 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, AR  72205.

Public Health Grand Rounds is jointly sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Health, the Fay Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI).

CME Credit: You can obtain the transcript at Here are the instructions for logging in the first time. You may also call 501-553-9108 with the event code before midnight the day of Grand Rounds to get CE credit for attendance.


Upcoming Presentations

Date Presenter Topic
January 25, 2018

Martha Phillips, PhD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor- Epidemiology
Associate Professor- Health Policy and Management
Associate Professor- Health Behavior and Health Education
Co-Director, DrPH Program
Director, Evaluation Services Unit
Director, Office of Public Health Informatics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Public Health in Arkansas’ Communities Search (PHACS): A Resource.

February 1, 2018 Sean Young, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Geospatial Technologies and Public Health: Moving Beyond Mapping

February 8, 2018 Austin Porter, DrPH, MPH
Deputy Chief Science Officer
Arkansas Department of Health
Corey Montgomery MD, MS
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Scientist Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
From Broken Bones to Bashed Brains: Raising a Generation of Gladiators Through Youth Football
February 15, 2018 Lori Fischbach, PhD, MPH
Director, PhD Program in Epidemiology
College of Public Health
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
February 22, 2018 Alan Mease, MD
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
Medical Director Child & Adolescent Health
Family Health Branch
Arkansas Department of Health
A Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity

Past Presentations



November 30 Progress in the Arkansas Infant Child Death Review Program | Mary Aitken, MD, MPH | Director, Injury Prevention Center | Arkansas Children’s Hospital | Professor with tenure | Department of Pediatrics | College of Medicine | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Adjunct Professor | Department of Health Policy and Management | College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
November 16 The Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention and What it is Teaching Us About the Built and School Environments Confronting Arkansas Schoolchildren | Michael Thomsen, PhD, MS | Professor | Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness | University of Arkansas | Judith Weber, PhD, RD | Director | Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention | Arkansas Children’s Research Institute
November 9 A New Paradigm in the Treatment of Diabetes | Samuel Eugene Bledsoe, MD, FACS FASMBS | Bariatric Medical Director | Bariatric & Metabolic Institute | Arkansas Heart Hospital
November 2 Gulf Exposures Beach Exposure And Child HEalth Study (BEACHES) | Alesia Ferguson, PhD, MS, MPH | Associate Professor | Department of Environment and Occupational Health | College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
October 12 The Epidemiology and Science of ACEs for Adults and Children | Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH | Professor & Founding Director | Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health | The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
October 5 New methods in molecular microbiology for faster results…The Microbiology Renaissance | Eric Rosenbaum, MD, MPH, FCAP | Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
September 28  Communicating for Behavior Change | Marisha DiCarlo, PhD, MPH | Director, Office of Health Communications | Arkansas Department of Health
September 7 Stillbirths: The Public Health Challenge of the 21st Century | Wendy N. Nembhard, PhD, MPH, FACE | Chairperson, Department of Epidemiology | Fay Boozman College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
August 24 A New National Pediatric Initiative: Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes | Charlotte Hobbs, MD, PhD | Executive Associate Dean | Clinical and Translation Research | College of Medicine | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
August 17 The Impact of Climate Damage on Children | J. Gary Wheeler, MD, MPS | Chief Medical Officer | Arkansas Department of Health
August 10 Health Literacy’s Impact on Health Policy & Public Health Initiatives | Christopher Trudeau, JD | Associate Professor | Center for Health Literacy | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Associate Professor of Law | Bowen School of Law | University of Arkansas at Little Rock
August 3 A Sensible Solution to the Opioid Epidemic | Robert Brech, JD | General Counsel | Arkansas Department of Health
July 27 Community Water Fluoridation | Lindy Bollen, Jr., DDS | Director, Office of Oral Health | Arkansas Department of Health
July 20 Population Health Management and Hepatitis C: The Arkansas Experience | Creshelle R. Nash, MD, MPH | Medical Director | Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
July 6 The Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program:  The Opioid Crisis in Arkansas | Denise Robertson, P.D. | Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program Administrator | Arkansas Department of Health | Jonathan Aram, B.A., M.P.H. Student | Epidemiologist | Prescription Monitoring Program | Arkansas Department of Health
June 29 A Check Up on Unplanned Pregnancy –Trends, Innovations, and Next Steps | Andrea Kane, MPA, BA | Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships | The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy | Washington, DC
June 22 Effects of Nicotine and TSNA’s from E-Cigarettes on Pregnant Women & SULT1A1 and its Biomarker Capabilities | Melissa Clemens, MPH, MLS | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Shelbie Stahr, MPH | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
June 15 O.R.H.P.C.: The Hidden Gem of ADH | LaTonya Bynum, MPH, CHES® | Rural Health Senior Analyst | Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) | Hospital Discharge Data System Programs | Arkansas Department of Health
July 13 Is Exclusive Breastfeeding the Problem? | Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC | Executive Director | National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy (REAL)
June 1 SISTERS & BROTHERS UNITED: Utilizing African American Sororities and Fraternities to reduce infant mortality | Michelle Smith, PhD, MPH | Director | Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities | Arkansas Department of Health
May 25 Does Arkansas Have Lyme Disease? | Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH | State Public Health Veterinarian | Section Chief Zoonotic Diseases | Arkansas Department of Health
May 18 The Body Clock: Biological Rhythms and Their Impact on Health | E. Robert Burns, PhD | Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences | Professor, Division of Interdisciplinary Toxicology, Department of Pharmacology | College of Medicine | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
May 4 Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Stewardship Public Health Activities in Arkansas | Naveen Patil, MD, MHSA, MA, FIDSA | Medical Director, Infectious Diseases Branch | Arkansas Department of Health | Kelley Garner, MPH MLS (ASCP)CM | Program Coordinator/Epidemiologist | Healthcare-Associated Infections Program | Epidemiology Branch | Arkansas Department of Health
April 27 Health of Seniors in Arkansas: Nuances of Risk Factor Reduction | Health of Seniors in Arkansas: Nuances of Risk Factor Reduction | Jeanne Wei, MD, PhD | Professor and Interim Chairman | Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics | Executive Director |Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging | The Jackson T. Stephens Chair in Geriatrics | RIOA and DWR Department of Geriatrics | Attending Physician | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
April 13 Federalism, Flexibility, and Fantasy in Health and Healthcare | Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH | President & Chief Executive Officer  Arkansas Center for Health Improvement | Professor | Division of Center for Applied Research and Evaluation | Department of Pediatrics | College of Medicine | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Arkansas Children’s Hospital
April 6 Relationships and Resilience: Developmental Neurobiology of Emotions | Alan Mease, MD | Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician | Medical Director Child & Adolescent Health | Family Health Branch | Arkansas Department of Health
March 30 Vape Shop Manufacturers and Distributors: What We Can Learn from Observational Studies | Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH | Professor | Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco | Department of Health Behavior and Health Education | Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
March 23 Rwanda; Cry Not Beloved Country | Leonard Ntaate Mukasa MBChB PhD MS MPH | Chief Epidemiology Officer | Tuberculosis Control Program | Arkansas Department of Health
March 16 I Don’t Know What’s Wrong with These Two letters: TB, Stigma, and Structural Violence among the Marshallese Population of Northwest Arkansas | Caleb Klipowicz, MAAA | Applied Medical Anthropologist | University of Memphis
March 9 Factors affecting Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness: Lesson Learned from a Population-based Study in Two Southern States | L. Joseph Su, PhD, MPH | Co-Director, Cancer Control and Population Sciences | Winthrop R. Rockefeller Cancer Institute | Professor | Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
March 2 What Do Students of Healthcare Economics Know about Health Care Reform? | J. Mick Tilford, PhD | Professor and Chair | Department of Health Policy and Management | Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
February 23 Ethics Enlarged: Moral Considerations in State Responses to Obesity | D. Micah Hester, PhD | Chief, Division of Humanities University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Clinical Ethicist |Arkansas Children’s Hospital
February 16 Long-term Water Quality from a Broiler Litter Amended Pasture Soil | Richard McMullen, PhD | Soil Conservationist | United States Department of Agriculture | Natural Resources Conservation Services
February 9 The Supreme Court and Public Health: 2017 and Beyond | Kevin Ryan, JD, MA | Associate Professor | Department of Policy and Management | Associate Dean of Professional Programs | Co-Director DrPH Program | Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Faculty | William H. Bowen School of Law | University of Arkansas at Little Rock
February 2 HAHA! Healthy Active (Happy) Arkansas! What’s FUN got to do with it? | Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD | Deputy Chief Science Officer | Arkansas Department of Health | Associate Professor | Department of Epidemiology | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
January 26 New Trends in Population Health Measurement and Data Transparency | William Golden MD, MACP | Professor of Medicine and Public Health | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Medical Director | Arkansas DHS/ Medicaid
January 19 Vaccines for Preventing and Treating Human Papillomavirus Infection: Is It Really Possible? | Jennifer Dillaha, MD | Medical Director, Immunizations | Arkansas Department of Health | Mayumi Nakagawa, MD, PhD | Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
January 12 Update on Mumps and Current Status of Outbreak in NW Arkansas | Dirk Haselow, MD, PhD, MS | State Epidemiologist | Outbreak Response Medical Director | Arkansas Department of Health
January 5, 2017 A Systems Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention & Control | Appathurai Balamurugan, MD, DrPH, MPH | State Chronic Disease Director | Medical Director/Associate Director of Science | Chronic Disease Branch/Center for Health Advancement | Arkansas Department of Health
November 17, 2016 How failing made us successful:  Using data to drive awareness, motivation, and opportunities in the workplace | Jayme Mayo, PA-C | Wellness Department Director | Nabholz Construction

Public Health Careers

If you want to become a part of a team that values the health and well-being of all Arkansans, we welcome you to review our jobs and apply by going to the Arkansas State Jobs website  and choose “The Arkansas Department of Health” from the pull-down menu. You may contact us or download an application, print it out and fax, mail or deliver it to us.

Applicants can also complete applications in person by visiting our Employment Office at the address listed below between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

The Arkansas Department of Health is a drug-free workplace. All offers of employment are contingent upon applicants passing a drug test, including alcohol. Employees must submit to 'for cause" and random drug testing as a condition of continued employment.

Notice to Applicants
Employment Application

Careers we offer:

Below is a list of some of the careers offered at the Arkansas Department of Health.

  • Accountants
  • Administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Communications & Media
  • Computer Specialists
  • Doctors
  • Finance
  • Epidemiologists
  • Health Educators
  • Health Inspectors
  • Human Resources
  • Lab Technicians
  • Licensure & Regulations
  • Microbiologists
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Quality Control
  • Registrars


  • Performance-Based Salary Increases
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental & Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Annual and Sick Leave
  • Educational Scholarships
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Supplemental Insurance


Office Address Phone Fax

Human Resources

4815 W. Markham St., Slot 26
Little Rock, AR 72205



Plan Review - Subdivision Plans

Requirements for Submission of Subdivision Plans

Complete and detailed plans and specifications shall be submitted for review and approval to the Engineering Section, Arkansas Department of Health.  Depending on the method of water supply and wastewater disposal proposed, review will be by the Engineering Section staff and/or Regional Environmental Health Program Specialist.

Submittals must include the following items.  Subdivisions on public water and individual sewage disposal system must meet both A and B including both review fees. 

A.   Subdivisions with public water and/or public sewer.

  1. Vicinity map and legal description indication the location of the subdivision.
  2. Layout of lot boundaries, street, easements, all topographical features, and flood level of the area.
  3. Contour lines at 5 to 20 feet intervals shall be shown as relating to lot boundaries and the location of tests performed.
  4. Dimensions of lots, streets, easements, etc., of the subdivision.
  5. Detailed engineering plans and specifications for the water and/or sewer system prepared and stamped by an engineer licensed in the state of Arkansas.
  6. A review fee of 1 percent of the estimated water and/or sewer cost is to be submitted with the plans.  The minimum fee is $50 and the maximum fee is $500.  A completed cost estimate sheet for the project is to be submitted with each project unless the maximum fee of $500 is paid in which case the cost estimate is not required.

B.  Subdivision Plans with individual wells and/or individual sewage disposal systems (septic tanks).

  1. All subdivision plan review requirements outlined in the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Onsite Wastewater Systems (Sections 5.9 through 5.11) must be addressed.
  2. The addresses of all parties to receive copies of subdivision correspondence must be provided, along with three copies of the plans and specifications.
  3. A subdivision review fee is required for all plans submitted.  The fee is $100.00 for the first lot and $25.00 for each additional lot with a maximum fee of $1500.00.  A completed cost estimate sheet must be provided.
  4. Review will be by the Regional Environmental Program Specialist assigned to the region in which the subdivision is located and who will verify the data submitted. 

All items listed within these guidelines must be included in the plans and specifications. For additional information, contact the Environmental Health Specialist located at your County Health Unit, or the Engineering Section at the contact information below.


Contact Address Phone Fax
Plan Review

4815 West Markham, Slot 37
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867

501 661-2623  501 661-2032


Projects Reviewed by Engineering


Water and Wastewater Facilities

Swimming, Spray, and Wading Pools


Mobile Home Parks


Contact Information

Contact Address Phone Fax
Plan Review

4815 West Markham, Slot 37
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867

501 661-2623  501 661-2032

Freedom of Information Act

Compliance with Act 1653 of 2001

The “Arkansas Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA). Section 3 of Act 1653 requires each state agency, board and commission to prepare and make available certain information to the public, including the agency’s method of operations, records the agency maintains and certain regulations, rules of procedure and policies adopted by the agency. The required information for the ADH is on this website. Many of the records may not be available for public inspection under the FOIA because they are exempt from disclosure under that Act or other state or federal law.

Requesting Records

In accordance with Act 1653 of 2001, citizens of Arkansas may request access to public records from ADH in person, by telephone, mail, facsimile transmission or e-mail, utilizing the addresses and numbers listed below.


Reginald Rogers
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock Arkansas, 72205  
501-661-2878 | phone
501-661-2357 | fax


Arkansas State Board of Health

The Arkansas State Board of Health was established by Act 96 of 1913, which serves as the charter or constitution for this Board. The Board has the general supervision and control of all matters pertaining to the health of the citizens of Arkansas. It is empowered to make all necessary and reasonable rules and regulations of a general nature for: 

The Department of Health is the state agency responsible for implementing the Board’s regulations.


State Board of Health Members
Terry Yamauchi, M.D.,President
(12-31-2019 – At Large)
Catherine Tapp, MPH, President-Elect
12-31-2016 – APHA)
Perry Amerine, O.D.
(12-31-2016 – APHA)
Gary Bass, Pharm. D.
(12-31-2018 – Pharmacist)
Miranda Childs Bebee, DDS.
(12-31-2017 – dentist)
Greg Bledsoe, M.D.
Surgeon General
Lawrence Braden, M.D.
12-31-2016 – District 4)
Glen “Eddie” Bryant, M.D.
(12-31-2016 – District 1)
Clark Fincher, M.D.
(12-31-2016 – District 2)
Beverly Foster, D.C
(12-31-2017 – Chiropractor)
Alan Fortenberry, P.E.
(12-31-2017 – Engineer)
Anthony N. Hui, M.D.
(12-31-2016 – District 3)
Lee Johnson, M.D
(12-31-2016 – At Large)
Susan Jones, M.D.
(12-31-2016 - Rural Physician)
Thomas Jones, R.S.
(12-31-2016 – Sanitarian)
Jim M. Lambert
(12-31-2019 – Hospital Adm.)
Robbie Thomas Knight, Ph.D.
(12-31-2017 – Consumer)
Peggy Walker, MSN, CADC
(12-31-2016 – Registered Nurse)
Susan Weinstein, DVM
Dr. James Zini, DO
(12-31-16 - At Large)
Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH

Note: Meetings are always held quarterly on the fourth Thursday of the month, except in October, in the Charles H. Hughes, O.D. Board Room on the 9th Floor of the Freeway Medical Building, Little Rock, Arkansas, at 10:00 a.m.

2018 Quarterly Meetings

Date Time Location
January 25 10:00 AM Freeway Medical Building
9th floor, Charles H. Hughes, O.D. Board Room
5800 W. 10th St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
April 26 10:00 AM Freeway Medical Building
9th floor, Charles H. Hughes, O.D. Board Room
5800 W. 10th St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
July 26 10:00 AM Freeway Medical Building
9th floor, Charles H. Hughes, O.D. Board Room
5800 W. 10th St.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Executive Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meetings are only held at the discretion of the President and the Secretary/Director.
Board of Health Meeting Minutes

For older archives, email Karley Altazan.

County Health Officers

A County Health Officer, nominated by the County Judge and appointed by the State Board of Health, serves in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties. The County Health Officer serves as a key public health representative in the local community, promoting the use of local health unit services, advocating for public health policy initiatives with local and state policy makers, and providing assistance to local public health education and promotion initiatives.

The County Health Officer also aids and assists the State Board of Health and collaborates with the State Health Officer and the Department of Health in county emergency preparedness response and planning including implementing orders of the State Health Officer if isolation, quarantine, or emergency legal measures are required.

The County Health Officer participates in the development and review of local emergency plans and serves as a local spokesperson to the media, general public, and medical community in the event of a public health emergency.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Notice

This information describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is committed to protecting your health information.  This Notice is to inform you about our privacy practices and legal duties related to the protection of the privacy of your medical/health records that we create or receive.  

HIPAA Privacy Notice

How we may use and disclose medical information about you?

ADH staff will only use your health information when doing their jobs.  The purposes of the use and sharing of health information are for treatment, payment for services and for Agency operations. 

Other uses, sharing of health information or disclosures of health information required or allowed by law include: 

If you do not object and the situation is not an emergency and disclosure is not otherwise prohibited by stricter laws, the ADH is permitted to release your information under the following circumstances:   


Your Health Information Rights

Release of your information outside of the boundaries of ADH-related treatment, payment, or operations, or as otherwise permitted by state or federal law, will be made only with your specific written authorization.  Your specific written authorization is required to release the following types of information: Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, Mental Illness, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.  You may revoke specific authorizations to release your information, in writing, at any time.  If you revoke an authorization, we will no longer release your health information to the authorized recipient(s), except to the extent that the ADH has already used or released that information in reliance of the original authorization. 

In addition, you have the following rights regarding the health information that the ADH has about you:  

All requests for inspecting, copying, amending, making restrictions, or obtaining an accounting of your health information and any questions regarding this Privacy Notice must be directed to the Local Health Unit Hometown Health Leader.



If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the ADH by contacting: 

Privacy Officer 
4815 West Markham, Slot 31 
Little Rock, AR 72205 

Or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by calling them at 877-696-6775 or writing them at 200 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, DC, 2020l.

Or with the Office of Civil Rights by calling 866-OCR-PRIV (866-627-7748), or 886-788-4989 TTY. 


Changes to Privacy Notice

The ADH reserves the right to revise this Privacy Notice effective for health information the ADH already has about you as well as any information received in the future. We will provide you with a copy of the revised Privacy Notice at your next visit following the effective date of the revised Privacy Notice. In addition, you may ask for a copy of our current Privacy Notice any time you visit an ADH facility for treatment or health care services. 

You may request translation or reading of this Privacy Notice. When possible, a written translation will be provided. 

Wastewater Installers

To find designated representatives authorized to maintain and install septic systems in Arkansas, filter by first name, last name, telephone number or county to narrow results.


Onsite Wastewater System Installers

To find waste water installers in Arkansas, select your county from the map or menu.  Results are returned below the map.  To filter by name, telephone number or county, link to the complete roster.  

To alphabetize list by last name, click on “Last Name” heading.”   

Updated:  12/06/16

Contact Us

Click the office name below to email or access online forms: 

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, use our Online Contact Form:

You may also call the Arkansas Department of Health main number at 501-661-2000.






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Foodborne Disease



Arkansas Foodborne, Waterborne and Enteric Public Complaint Surveillance Form

Food Protection Complaint & Feeback Form

Health Connections

Toll-Free: 1-800-275-1131;
Central Arkansas: 501-614-4689;
TDD: 1-800-285-1131



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Lifestage Health




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Toll Free 1-833-214-8619    

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(option 3)



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WIC Fraud and Abuse Complaints:

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X-ray Program



Radiologic Technology Licensure Complaint Form

Zoonotic Diseases (Rabies)




Recent Final Rules

Radiation Control

October 2, 2017

Final Rule
Non-substantive Changes
Public Comment Summary
Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Notice of Public Hearing
Summary of Rule Change

Medical Marijuana

June 20, 2017

Medical Marijuana Emergency Rule

Emergency Medical Services (Community Paramedics)

February 17, 2017

Rules and Regs for Emegency Medical Services (Community Paramedics)
Comments and Responses

Management of Medical Waste from Generators and Health Care Related Facilities

January 1, 2017

Rules and Regs for Medical Waste from Generators and Health Care Related Facilities
Comments and Responses

Proposed Repeal of Rules

Proposed New Rules

Controlled Substances

November 2, 2017

Proposed Rules

Emergecy Medical Services

August 8, 2017

Proposed Rules

Medical Marijuana

May 8, 2017 

Proposed Rules

Proposed Amendment to Existing Rules

Abortion Facilites in Arkansas

2017 Emergency Rule
Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Notice of Public Hearing
Summary of Rule Change

Licensed Lay Midwifes

Questionnaire for Proposed Rules
Notice of Public Hearing
LLM Rules Summary of Proposed Changes 
Draft Revision to LLM Rules - Clean version 
Draft Revision to LLM Rules - Marked

Prescription Drug Monitoring

Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Notice of Public Hearing
Summary of Rule Change

Vital Records

Notice of Public Hearing
Draft Revision to Vital Records Rules


Director’s Message

Nathaniel Smith, Director and State Health Officer

Welcome to the Department of Health web site. I hope that you find our web site a helpful resource – one that provides you with a better understanding of public health. 

Public health touches the lives of everyone in our state. It has a key role in protecting and improving the health of Arkansans. In fact, public health measures have been responsible for many of the major improvements in the health of Arkansans. Controlling epidemics, ensuring safe food and water, and maternal and child health services are a few of the public health activities that have improved our quality of life. 

Many of our services are provided at the local level through a statewide service network. Our public health workforce is working every day to promote prevention services and to defend against threats to the public’s health. "Keeping Your Hometown Healthy" is more than a slogan for us.

I hope you find what you are looking for here and will add our web site to your list of favorites. Technology can help us be better informed about your needs. Please give us your suggestions and ideas for improvement.

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH
Director and State Health Officer 








Local Health Units


Health Units

Designated Representatives

To find Designated Representatives authorized to design onsite wastewater systems in Arkansas, select your county from the map or menu. Results are returned below the map.

Filter by name, telephone number or county

To alphabetize list by last name, click on “Last Name” heading.”   

About ADH

Mission Statement: To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.

Vision Statement: Optimal health for all Arkansans to achieve maximum personal, economic and social impact.Arkansas Department of Health graphic

What is public health? One definition – from a 1988 report by the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Public Health” – is this: “Public health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and organizing community efforts to do the following: keep the environment clean, control communicable infections, educate individuals in personal hygiene (like hand washing for example), organize medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and treatment of disease, and develop the social machinery to ensure everyone a healthy standard of living.”

To say that another way, public health is everything the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans – more than 100 services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that your water is safe, your children have their immunizations, your restaurants are safe and your birth certificate is correct – to name just a few.

The ADH is a unified health department, with a main office in Little Rock and 94 local health units in each of the state’s 75 counties. We have Centers that oversee all that we do.

In addition, our Public Health Laboratory tests and reports on samples from all over the state – water samples, human samples for disease, even samples for rabies. This state-of-the-art laboratory is prepared for a pandemic flu or a bioterrorist event, as well.

Supporting the various service programs throughout ADH is Administration, which includes finance, human resources, information technology, legal, minority health, community support, health communication and marketing, tobacco prevention and cessation, policies and procedures and facilities support.

The mission of the Department is to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. We do this with the support of over 2,100 dedicated employees and public and private partners. All employees in our diverse workforce are expected to exemplify professionalism in everything they do. They are passionate about what they do, because they are making a difference by helping people make their lives healthier.

You may review a directory of agency contacts here.


ADH  Strategic Plan FY2018-19

All state agencies were asked by Governor Hutchinson to prepare a two-year strategic plan to cover the period encompassing FY2018-2019. The plan presented by the Arkansas Department  of Health (ADH), and approved by the Governor, is an adaptation of a four-year plan ADH began in January 2016. The goal areas in the two-year plan include the original six goal areas of Childhood Obesity, Hypertension, Immunizations, Mental and Community Wellness, Teen Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use, but also include a new goal area on Efficiency and Responsiveness. The new goal area is in response to the Governor’s request that specific operational objectives be included in addition to the health issues already prioritized for focused effort. It should be noted that the two-year objectives may differ slightly from the original four-year objectives as baseline data has been updated to reflect the current status and different metrics may have been determined to provide better data. Objectives listed are those which are receiving priority focus during this two-year period and may have been modified from the original.

ADH is also accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), the national accrediting body for public health agencies, and has to meet specific five-year requirements including a state health assessment and continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan in order to maintain accreditation. The Arkansas Department of Health is currently in year two of a five year accreditation cycle and will be implementing a CQI program that utilizes tools and training appropriate for public health programs at all levels of the department.

Click HERE to view and print the ADH Strategic Plan FY2018-19


Organization Chart
Services Directory
Strategic Map CY 2016 - 2019
Strategic Plan Supplement 2016 - 2019
ADH Guiding Principles
Performance Management System
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Main Office 4815 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
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Rules and Regulations

The State Board of Health is empowered to make all necessary and reasonable rules and regulations of a general nature for the protection of the public health and safety; for the general amelioration of the sanitary and hygienic conditions within the state; for the suppression and prevention of infectious, contagious, and communicable diseases; for the proper enforcement of quarantine, isolation, and control of such diseases; and for the proper control of chemical exposures that may result in adverse health effects to the public. The Department of Health is the state agency responsible for implementing the Board's regulations.

This site was developed to provide easy access to all State Board of Health rules and other pertinent legal documents.

Please see the Final Rules and Regulations Table of Contents to view the Board's currently existing rules.


Rules and Regulations Currently Being Amended, Repealed or Promulgated

The Board updates its regulations on a continuing basis. The Board must follow the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA") to amend, repeal or adopt a regulation. An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any regulation being amended, repealed or proposed and the Board values your comments and questions. If you are interested in a summary of the APA, please utilize the links provided below.

Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules

Proposed New Rules 

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Recent Final Rules



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