Community Initiatives

Baptist Health serves Arkansas’ uninsured, under-insured and under-served populations through health education, risk factor screenings and public policy. As our vision states, our ultimate objective is to improve the health status of the community.

Funded primarily through our operational budget, Baptist Health’s Community Outreach efforts have been recognized by the National Research Corporation as Arkansas’ “Best Community Health Program.” Whether it’s providing free immunizations in a church setting or partnering with schools to provide hot lunches during the summer, Baptist Health continues to meet the needs that arise in our communities.

Baptist Health Community Wellness Centers

Baptist Health Community Wellness Centers are community-based partnerships with churches, founded with the primary mission of creating healthier communities among Arkansas’ uninsured, underinsured and underserved populations. Free services include health education, care coordination, immunizations and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, among others. Click here for a complete listing of Community Wellness Center locations. For more information on this program, please contact Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Baptist Health Mobile Health Unit

A sort of “clinic on wheels,” the Mobile Health Unit brings Baptist Health into your community to provide health screenings, first-aid care and health education.

Southeast Pulaski County Hometown Health Coalition

A community-driven project dedicated to improving health through planned programs, Southeast Pulaski County Hometown Health Coalition serves the communities of College Station, Hensley, Higgins, Sweet Home, Woodson and Wrightsville. Click here for a complete listing of Hometown Health locations and events.

Baptist Health Community Clinic-First Presbyterian Church

Baptist Health Community Clinic-First Presbyterian Church provides basic healthcare to homeless individuals in a soup kitchen setting. Funded by a grant from Bank of America, services include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, basic first aid, flu shots (October and November), diabetes risk assessments and more. Clients also receive water bottles during the summer months and knit caps, gloves and sweatsuits in the winter months.

Community Resource Manual

The Baptist Health Community Resource Manual was created by Baptist Health to assist patients and their family members locate and access resources within their community. The resources are primarily for the Central Arkansas area, but some of the information is statewide. We truly hope this manual helps you receive all the quality care you need and deserve.

Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center for New or Expectant Mothers

The Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center provides free health education, screening and resources to expectant and new mothers. Education includes everything from childbirth and breastfeeding to infant care and parenting. The Center also serves as a baby supply store*, awarding parents vouchers from various healthcare providers and health agencies in the community when they keep preventive maternity care or childcare appointments. Open to any parent needing help obtaining items for their child, the supply store offers diapers, wipes, toiletries, clothing, car seats and other infant care items. In addition to education and supplies, Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center also provides free health screening services to parents.

*Some items such as diapers, strollers, playpens and large furniture, may not always be in stock.

The Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center is open every Wednesday from 10 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., by appointment only. For more information, please call (501) 202-1540.
Interested in helping Heaven’s Loft?
Community members, organizations and businesses are encouraged to become involved with Heaven’s Loft in a number of ways:

  • Sponsor a baby shower for the Heaven’s Loft program
  • Donate new or gently used baby and children’s clothing up to size 4T, as well as other supplies and equipment for babies and toddlers
  • Volunteer at the Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center

Donations may be made during store hours: Wednesdays, 10 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., by appointment. For more information, please call (501) 202-1540.

Community-Based Prenatal Classes

A free resource to low-income pregnant women, community-based prenatal classes provide information and assistance on a variety of topics, including: nutrition and physical fitness, breastfeeding education, assistance with WIC enrollment and much more. Special baby gifts are given as door prizes at the end of each class.
Classes are held in a church-based setting on the third Tuesday of each month, from 3 to 6 p.m. Click here for a list of all upcoming classes and to register.
For more information about community-based prenatal classes, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Sister-to-Sister: Move More, Eat Better

Arkansas ranks third in the U.S. in the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese. Sister-to-Sister: Move More, Eat Better is a free program designed to encourage women, especially African-American women, to maintain a healthy weight by becoming more physically active and eating better. This program is the first of its kind offered to African-American women in Arkansas.
To learn more about the Sister-to-Sister program, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Men’s Health Initiative

The Men’s Health Initiative provides education and screenings specific to males to increase their utilization of health services.

Senior Health Initiative

The Senior Health Initiative provides education and screenings for seniors in community-based settings.

For a complete listing of Senior Health Initiative locations and events, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Hispanic Initiative

The Hispanic Initiative focuses on health promotion and prevention activities that target the Hispanic community, including immunizations, screenings and community-building activities.

P.A.R.K. After-School Program

P.A.R.K. is an innovative after-school and summer program for at-risk youth. It strives to give young people the skills and confidence to succeed in school and life. One component of the program is serving snacks to 200 students Tuesdays through Fridays during the school year. Baptist Health also provides hot lunches Monday through Thursday during the summer.

For more information on this program, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Baptist Health Community Immunization Program for Children

During the month of August, the Baptist Health Community Immunization Program administers free immunizations to school-aged children and free physicals to preschool-aged children in underserved communities. Immunizations are offered in church-based settings, community centers and on the Mobile Health Unit.

For more information on this program, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

If you have Medicaid, please bring proof of coverage. Please also bring shot records.

Cooking with Community Outreach

Cooking with Community Outreach classes are taught by a registered dietitian and designed to help gain confidence in the kitchen and learn about the foods you love to eat! 

Topics include:

  • nutrition benefits of each food
  • ingredient selection
  • cooking techniques and time-saving tips
  • saving money at the grocery store
  • time-saving tips 

We will prepare, cook, and taste different dishes using a variety of ingredients.  Each student will leave class with a satisfied stomach, written recipes and tips.   

All classes are held at A Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas Building, 10117 Kanis Road, Little Rock and are open to those ages 8-15.

To register and for additional classes throughout the year contact Community Outreach at 501-202-1540.  Space is limited.

Healthy Children’s Initiative

The Healthy Children’s Initiative is an initiative encouraging children and adolescents to improve their health through good nutrition and physical activity. As part of the initiative, children are provided a Baptist Health Eat to Win Fast Food Map, a tool that makes it easy to find and select healthier options at fast food restaurants. There are also four physical activity and nutrition programs of the initiative: We Can!© (Way to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) CATCH© Kids Club, Media-Smart Youth:Eat, Think, and Be Active!® We Can! ®Energize Our Families: Parent Program, EatPlayGrow

we can!CATCH Kids Club

The We Can!© CATCH© Kids Club is a program for elementary school-aged children in an after-school setting that encourages a healthy diet and regular, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Sessions will introduce children to:

  • The concepts of healthful behavior and model healthful eating and physical activity behaviors
  • How the heart works when the body is physically active and the physical activities that increase the heart rate
  • The Five-A-Day concept for fruits and vegetables
  • Healthier choices in a fast food restaurant
  • MyPlate food groups
  • Physical fitness through games and activities 

eat play grow

EatPlayGrow  is an interactive program targeting 3-4 year olds in a day care setting features 11 lessons that incorporate art-making, music and movement activities into fun, hands-on educational lessons about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on emerging medical research, sleep.

For more information on the Healthy Children’s Initiative, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition logo is a registered trademark of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Participation by Baptist Health does not imply endorsement by DHHS/NIH/NHLBI.

Congregational Health Partnership is designed to help churches and community leaders take better care of those in need by ensuring congregants have an effective transitional plan of care in place as they leave the hospital and continued after care once they return home.

The partnership works in concert with case managers, churches and community leaders to provide resources and education for congregants suffering from chronic illness once discharged from Baptist Health.

You may send signed copies of enrollment forms to Teresa Conner at:
Office Phone: 501.202.1540
Fax: 501.202.2810
Mailing Address:
Community Outreach
10117 Kanis Road
Little Rock, AR 72205

Congregational Health Partnership Liaison/Covenant Enrollment Form

Congregational Health Partnership Individual Enrollment Form

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