Baptist Health addresses community health needs by implementing
health promotion and prevention interventions to the uninsured,
under insured, and under served populations in our primary service
Baptist Health Community Outreach provides community health services
through focusing on:
- Health Education/Awareness
- Risk Factor Identification/Screenings
- Public Policy/Environmental Change
- Culturally Competent/Appropriate Care
- Consumer Empowerment
2012, Baptist Health scored 40 percent, which is significantly greater
than its competitors, for Best Community Health program
in the National Research Corporation Quality Image Profile. Baptist Health programs are funded primarily through our operational budget.
As our vision says, our ultimate objective is to improve the health
status of the community.
The following are 19 energetic programs and services that demonstrate
Baptist Health's community involvement.
P.A.R.K. is an innovative after-school and summer program
for at-risk youth. It strives to give young people skills and the
confidence to succeed in school and life. Baptist Health serves 200 students after-school snacks Tuesday–Friday and during
the summer Baptist Health provides hot lunches Monday–Friday.
Baptist Health Community Wellness Center initiative began
with the primary mission of providing health promotion and prevention
activities to medically underserved, uninsured and underinsured
individuals. The wellness centers are community-based partnerships
with churches with the goal of creating a healthier community. The
services the wellness center offer include health education, care
coordination, immunization, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar
screenings and community referrals. Click Here for the Summer Wellness Center schedule.
Heaven's Loft Wellness Center - Heaven's Loft is an incentive program that encourages low-income expectant mothers and parents of young children to receive prenatal care, well baby care and immunizations and education. Parents are awarded vouchers from various healthcare providers and health agencies in the community when they keep preventive maternity care or childcare appointments. The parents also receive free health screening services at the Heaven's Loft Wellness Center in North Little Rock.
Baptist Health Community Immunization Program administers
free childhood/school-aged immunizations in underserved communities.
The month of August has been designated as Back-to-School month.
Immunizations are offered in church-based settings and on the Mobile
Health Unit. Also, preschool physicals are offered during the month
of August. Click here for the latest schedule.
Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a national program dedicated
to giving young people job shadowing experiences. Baptist Health
provides students the opportunity to shadow health care professionals
in various departments on Groundhog Day
Hispanic Initiative focuses on health promotion and prevention
activities that target the Hispanic community including community
building activities and immunization screenings.
Reading Initiative: Baptist Health Community Outreach leads,
supports and/or participates in an initiative that promotes reading
to children in public schools with emphasis in the underserved population
in Public school reading day.
Children's Initiative is an obesity initiative that targets
children and adolescents to improve their health status through
good nutrition and physical activity. The program activities include:
Fast Food Guide - a booklet which enables an individual to select healthy
choices at a fast food restaurant; Project Fit - is a cardiovascular
health and lifetime fitness education program, that includes state-of-
the-art fitness equipment. The fitness equipment is placed permanently
on school campuses. Baptist Health has six sites, Four in
Little Rock and two in the North Little Rock School Districts. We Can!© CATCH© Kids Club (CKC) is a physical activity and nutrition education program for elementary school aged children in an after-school setting. The program is supported by the Rotary Club of Little Rock
Sister to Sister: Move More, Eat Better is an initiative
designed to encourage women especially African-American women, to
maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and
eating better. Arkansas ranks eighth in the country in the percentage
of adults who are overweight and obese, and African-American women are more
likely to be overweight. Baptist Health implemented this program
because there is not a program in the area that targets African-American
women and it is offered free. Click Here for the current schedule.
Baptist Health Mobile Health Unit serves as a setting for health screenings,
health education and first-aid (emergent care) services.
Southeast Pulaski County Hometown Health Coalition is a
community driven project dedicated to improving the quality of life
and health of its communities through planned meetings/projects/programs.
The communities include College Station, Hensley, Higgins, Sweet
Home, Woodson and Wrightsville.
Community Walking Program is an incentive walking program,
which provides participants at the community level with skills and
tools needed to plan and track their daily walking habits, and to
make more steps a permanent part of their lifestyle. The program
also includes healthy eating classes and mail-based health tips. Click to download more information.
Meatless Tuesday follows Meatless Monday which is
a national public health campaign to help prevent heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, which are four of the
leading causes of death in America. Meatless Tuesdays are a healthy
start to the week after Sunday dinners, turn into Monday's leftovers.
The program overall goal is to get the participants to reduce their
consumption of saturated fat by at least one day of the week. This
program targets the residents of southeast Pulaski County in conjunction
with the Southeast Pulaski County Hometown Health Coalition.
Watershed Initiative provides health screenings and health
education programs to an underserved population including in-kind
donation of resources, i.e., Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day and Annual Christmas Screenings.
Baptist Health Community Clinic - First Presbyterian Church
provides basic healthcare to homeless individuals in a soup kitchen
setting. In addition, the clients are provided with additional resources
i.e. water bottles during the summer months and knit caps, gloves and sweatsuits
in the winter months. Funded by a grant from Bank
of America. Click here for the current schedule.
Women's Health Initiative provides health education, screenings
and serves as a resource to lead and disseminate information. Target
audience: uninsured, underinsured and underserved.
Senior's Health Initiative provides health screenings and
education to seniors in community based setting. Options currently include the ParkPlaza mall walkers program, East Little Rock Senior Center, Stephen's Community Center, Southwest Community Center and Dunbar Community Center.
Men's Health Initiative provides health education, screening activities
and develops literature that is male specific to increase their
utilization of health services. Click Here for more info.
Community-Based Prenatal Classes is an initiative that
provides free classes and serve as a resource to low-income pregnant
women. The classes are taught monthly in a church-based setting.
Some of the topics include: taking care of yourself, early/regular
prenatal visits to your doctor, nutrition and physical fitness,
childbirth preparation, breast feeding and more. Special baby gifts
are given as door prizes at the end of each class. Click here for the current schedule.