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Jan
11

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.

May
05

AMHC TO SPONSOR FAMILY NIGHT AT DICKEY STEPHENS PARK

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.
For more information visit our Facebook page or website at www.ARminorityhealth.com

Mar
30

Camp iRock, a Fitness and Nutrition Camp

Little Rock, AR — The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host the fifth annual Camp iRock, an all-girl fitness and nutrition camp. The camp takes place Sunday, June 14th through Saturday, June 20th at C.A. Vines 4-H Camp.

Camp iRock, a fitness and nutrition camp for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, will consist of a week filled with educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives.

Forty girls from around the state of Arkansas will attend the camp free of charge. Applications are available on line at www.campirock.com.

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Arkansas public school students is overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. These children have a higher risk of developing diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases.

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