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Arkansas Cardiovascular Health Program

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

The Arkansas Cardiovascular Health Program collaborates with partners on the Arkansas Wellness Coalition to improve health outcomes by promoting nationally recognized peer-reviewed guidelines for physician care and patient self-management. Other coalition members include the American Heart Association, Arkansas Department of Health's Diabetes Control Program, Arkansas Quality Improvement Organization, Arkansas Medicaid, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, managed care organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. The coalition's first goal is to consolidate effort between health care providers and advocacy organizations to improve quality of care and health outcomes for targeted diseases. The second goal is to improve the consistency and efficiency of care by providing common core principles, and the third goals is to put in place recognized standards of care. The Arkansas Cardiovascular Health Program has played a key role in developing a tool kit of resources to promote these quality improvement goals. The tool kit includes chart tracking forms as well as principles for the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke, based on the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology guidelines. The coalition has distributed toolkits to 3,600 primary care providers in the state.

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Site or Location Name: Arkansas Cardiovascular Health Program:
Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 3
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 661-2956