Healthy Communities

Chronic Disease Coordinating Council

The Chronic Disease Coordinating Council is a partnership of organization consisting of program managers of the Arkansas Department of Health chronic disease programs, chairs of the various chronic disease coalitions, and a number of other organizational representatives, whose mission is to increase the quality and years of healthy life for all Arkansans by reducing the burden of chronic disease through leadership and collaborative action impacting policy, system and environment changes.

The Council has released "Healthy People 2020: Arkansas's Chronic Disease Framework for Action" designed to guide the efforts of participating agencies, organizations, and coalitions, and to help build relationships that can reduce the impact and costs of chronic disease in Arkansans.  It is the hope of the Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council that this Framework for Action will continue to foster even greater partnerships, alliances, and coordinated activities within the state.

"Healthy People 2020: Arkansas's Chronic Disease Framework for Action" outlines the Council's long-term plans to encourage change in health habits, and to set up ways to monitor the state's progress in meeting the objectives. The Million Hearts Action Plan outlines the Council’s immediate priority strategies and action steps. The Healthy People 2020 - Arkansas's Chronic Disease Framework for Action - Objective Tracking Service is a website designed to provide interested parties with an easy and convenient way to find out information about the Healthy 2020 chronic disease objectives and activities taken toward these objectives.

Communication Kit

The CDCC developed a Chronic Disease Communication Toolkit for 2019 to serve as an informational resource for CDCC members as well as others across Arkansas with an interest in chronic disease prevention and treatment.


The Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum

This annual conference focuses on strengthening partnerships and integration of clinical care and population health through improvements in a coordinated quality health care system in Arkansas. For information about the forum click here.

For more information, contact Becky Adams at 501-661-2334.

Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum, Rogers, Arkansas, May 8-9, 2019

The Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council held the annual Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum: “Building Bridges – Creating Connections” on May 8th and 9th, 2019. This year the Forum was presented by Mercy Health System Northwest Arkansas, and focused on community collaboration to reduce and prevent chronic diseases. The Forum highlighted diabetes prevention along with the work that organizations have completed around the state of Arkansas to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Dr. Donald Wesson from the Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center presented on the importance of exercise as it relates to diabetes and arthritis. The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation presented on the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the impact it is having on our state and our nation. There were breakout sessions focusing on local efforts in the Northwest Arkansas region and the efforts around chronic disease prevention and management.

Chronic Disease Forum 2019 Speaker Presentations

The National Diabetes Prevention Program—Making Type 2 Diabetes Prevention a Reality in the U.S. 
Pat Schumacher, MS, RD

Oral Health and the Diabetic Patient
Lindy Bollen, Jr., DDS

Recapping The 2019 Arkansas Legislative Session: An Update on Health-Related Legislation
Miranda Morris

One Big Umbrella: Healthy Active Arkansas and the Collective Impact Model
Miranda Morris

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Next Public Health Success Story
Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Arkansas
David Cook

Health System/Community Collaboration for Diabetes Management and Prevention
Donald E. Wesson, MD, MBA, FACP, FASN

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
Laura Taylor

Gestational Diabetes
Christopher Hall

Pharmacist Providers
Duane Jones

The Pharmacist Role in Managing Diabetes and Hypertension
Nikki Scott

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