Healthy Communities

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
Catherine Tapp, MPH, President
12-31-2020 – APHA)
Perry Amerine, O.D.
(12-31-2019 – Optometrist)
Marsha Boss, P.D.
(12-31-2021 – 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)
Vanessa Falwell, RN
(12-31-2020 – Registered Nurse)
Beverly Foster, D.C
(12-31-2017 – Chiropractor)
Alan Fortenberry, P.E.
(12-31-2017 – Engineer)
Phillip Gilmore
(12-31-2019 – Hospital Administrator)
Anthony N. Hui, M.D.
(12-31-2020 – 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)
David Kiessling, D.P.M.
(12-31-2020 – Podiatric Medicine)
Carl Mike Riddell, M.D.
12-31-2020 – District 2)
Robbie Thomas Knight, Ph.D.
(12-31-2017 – Consumer)
Susan Weinstein, DVM
Terry Yamauchi, M.D.
(12-31-2019 – MD At Large)
Dr. James Zini, DO
(12-31-2020 - 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

Section 3. Regular Meetings. The Board shall conduct its regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of the months of January, April, July and October of each year. The Board may change the date of the meeting by majority vote. The January meeting shall be the annual meeting. Notice of regular meetings shall be given by the Director of the Department of Health to each member of the Board during the first week in January of each year and at least seven (7) days before the date on which each meeting is to be held.

Date Time Location
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Executive Committee Meetings
Executive Committee Meetings are only held at the discretion of the President and the Secretary/Director.
Board of Health Meeting Minutes

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