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AMHC awards 11 Minority Health Month sponsorships


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Colbie McCloud

Media Specialist


Arkansas Minority Health Commission awards Minority Health Month Awareness sponsorships

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) has awarded eleven organizations across the state with sponsorships to aid in their April health events in honor of Arkansas Minority Health Month.

Through a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, April of 2018 is recognized as Arkansas Minority Health Month. The AMHC opens their sponsorship applications up three times a year, setting one open period aside specifically to recognize Arkansas Minority Health Month.

“The AMHC sponsorships align with the National Minority Health Month theme: Partnering for Health Equity,” said ShaRhonda Love, AMHC director.

Sponsorship recipients are as followed:

Community First Alliance

Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc.

Innovative Lifestyles for Senior Living, Inc.

L.V. Floyd Memorial Tutoring After School Program

My Life Entrust Foundation.Org

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Reform, Inc.

Agape Academy

Drew Memorial

Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition

Dewitt Hospital & Nursing Home/Ferguson Rural Health Clinic

“We are excited to partner with community-based organizations to meet Arkansans where they are within their communities,” said Love.

The mission of the AMHC is to assure all minority Arkansans equitable access to preventive health care and to seek ways to promote health and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations.

It is the AMHC’s intent to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, the AMHC regularly offers sponsorships in a competitive application process.



AMHC awards Minority Health Month sponsorships

AMHC sponsored Arkansas Minority Health Month events


Arkansas Minority Health Commission welcomes new director

Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is proud to announce ShaRhonda Love, M.P.H., as AMHC’s seventh director. Love joined AMHC Jan. 3, 2017, and in her new role as director she says she looks forward to improving the health of all minorities in Arkansas.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Love attended Hall High School and completed her undergraduate degree at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in health sciences with a minor in community health agencies. Love later obtained a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health behavior health education from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.
During her college career, she gained 21 years of chronic disease and health behavior health education experience working at a cardiovascular disease clinic under the direction of Dr. Andrew G. Kumpuris and Dr. James Lynn Davis, and in the College of Public Health’s health behavior and health education department.
Love has also held positions at the Arkansas Department of Health as the school health director and Arkansas Center for Health Improvement as a senior policy analyst.
“My goal for the agency is to be the authority for all minority health. I want the Arkansas Minority Health Commission to be the first agency thought of when someone that is in the minority population needs assistance with health and access to health care. I want AMHC to be the first agency thought of by other state agencies when someone calls and needs assistance. I want to be able to help from every level: individuals, families, communities, schools, counties, and statewide,” Love said.



April 28, 2015, Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is excited to announce “Swinging for Health” as part of our mission to increase education, awareness, and screenings as it relates to diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, stroke, and the effects of tobacco use on those health illnesses. AMHC is partnering with Dickey-Stephens Park to sponsor this family-friendly night on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10 p.m.
The “Swinging for Health” event will be held at Dickey-Stephens Park and AMHC is giving away 1,000 general admission tickets and 400 Kids Korner wrist bands for a wonderful night of “Family, Fun, and health Fair.” According to one report, Arkansas ranks 49th in the overall health rankings, with smoking and obesity being two of the worst scored indicators. AMHC will be partnering with Arkansas Cancer Coalition and Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) beginning at 5:00 pm to provide health screenings and health information to anyone who wants to learn more about combating these illnesses that affect Arkansans every day.
This is a FREE, first come, first serve event and everyone is invited. Tickets will be given out at Dickey-Stephens Park between 4:45 pm-7:00 pm on the day of the event. Come join us for a night of Family, Fun, and health Fair.
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