Community Outreach

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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.

We also hold several virtual health and wellness classes. If you’re interested in joining, visit our schedule for more information!

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, flu shots, among others. Our immunization stations are staffed by nurses and health educators where the immunizations are offered on an annual basis. Free backpacks and school supplies are given out to kids in need. Community flu clinics are held at 23 locations including all wellness centers and a handful of community groups. They are staffed by nurses. 

Click here for a complete listing of Community Wellness Center locations.

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.

Community Health Fairs

Baptist Health Community Outreach holds community health fairs at 67 locations. They are staffed by nurses and health educators. It is a partnership with community organizations and churches to provide free preventative health screenings and education. 

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.

Internships

The Baptist Health Community Outreach Department also offers a number of internship opportunities. 

 

For more information on any of these programs or offerings, please contact Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.

Adult Cooking Classes

Cooking 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!

Adult classes open to ages 18 and older. 

Topics include:

  • Nutrition benefits of each food
  • Ingredient selection
  • Saving money at the grocery store
  • Cooking techniques
  • Time-saving tips

Classes are currently being offering in a virtual setting (you can join via desktop computer or mobile device). Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more.

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 a.m.to 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 a.m.to 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.

Blood Pressure Management

The Know It, Control It! program is an 8-session program that teaches individuals how to take their blood pressure and also manage it. To enroll in the program individuals must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Have a normal heart beat
  • Not have had a heart attack or stroke in the past six months

Classes are currently being offering in a virtual setting (you can join via desktop computer or mobile device). Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more.

Grocery Store Tours

Learn how to navigate a grocery store, make healthier choices and save money with a grocery store tour led by a Baptist Health registered dietitian. Grocery Store Tours are held at the following locations:

  • Kroger
    8415 W Markham St, Little Rock
  • Kroger
    2509 McCain Blvd, North Little Rock
  • Kroger
    110 Commons Drive, Maumelle
  • Kroger
    101 W. Oak St, Conway

Aim for a Healthy Weight Program

The Aim for a Healthy Weight Program is a six-week evidence based educational program that is staffed by a dietitian. It is used to educate community members on the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is good for your overall health and will prevent and control many diseases and conditions.

Topics include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Setting goals
  • Rewarding your success

Classes are currently being offering in a virtual setting (you can join via desktop computer or mobile device). Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes with the PreventT2 Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based program that provides a supportive environment where participants come together to learn how they can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes through a nutritious diet and exercise. The program meets virtually for 16 weekly sessions and 6 monthly follow-up sessions. Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more. PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to help people with pre-diabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes. What Is the Benefit of Being Part of a PreventT2 Program? As part of a PreventT2 group, you will work with other participants and a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. These changes include losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. Being part of a group provides support from other people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are. Together you can celebrate successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
 

Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes can be overwhelming, but the condition can feel much more manageable with the right support. Our monthly diabetes support group empowers those living with diabetes and their caregivers to take charge of the disease through relevant, educational talks and connection with others who face the same obstacles. Learn more about our Diabetes Support Group. View Schedule

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

Diabetes Empowerment Education program (DEEP) is a free, 6-session program that helps those with pre-diabetes and diabetes, as well as their relatives and caregivers. The program includes:

  • Learn about diabetes and its risk factors.
  • Get the facts on how the human body works.
  • Learn how to manage your health through nutrition and physical activity.
  • Learn techniques to reduce stress and help you cope.

Classes are currently being offered in a virtual setting (you can join via desktop computer or mobile device). Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more.

Learn more about these diabetes-related programs and diabetes care.

Community Walking Program

Jump start a healthier lifestyle by joining the Baptist Health Community Walking Program. The Community Walking Program encourages aerobic walking for good health by providing Arkansans with skills, tools and resources needed to plan and track daily walking habits and to make walking a permanent part of a healthier lifestyle. Incentive prizes will be rewarded for taking charge of your health!
 
Enrollment is FREE to Arkansans 18 and older residing in the Baptist Health service areas. Membership entitles you to a FREE Walker Starter Kit which includes a walking log, t-shirt, water bottle, and pedometer!
 
Walking Program members receive a monthly newsletter, health education classes and access to free health screenings. Sign up today!
 

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.

Heaven’s Loft On-Site Translator

On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Spanish translator is present at the Heaven’s Loft Wellness Center. We want to ensure that all of our free health education and resources are available to the expectant and new mothers in the Hispanic community. Education includes materials that speak to childbirth and breastfeeding as well as infant care and parenting. 

For more information, please call (501) 202-1540.

Baptist Health Wellness Centers ahora ofrece vacunas contra la gripe.

Los días de vacunación son las siguientes fechas: 
 
Jueves 1 de Octubre-Drive-Thru
North Little Rock, AR 72116
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 
Miércoles 14 de Octubre 
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m
 
  • Gratis para clientes que presenten tarjeta de Medicare Parte B como prueba de cobertura.
  • La facturación de Seguro Privado, Medicare HMO y Seguro de Medicaid no estará disponible en los centros de bienestar.
  • Solo para Adultos (18 años o mayores).
 
Para más información, contacte a Baptist Health HealthLine a B-A-P-T-I-S-T (227-8478) o 1-888-B-A-P-T-I-S-T.
 

Baptist Health Community Outreach está operando con las pautas actuales de CDC para mantener a los pacientes y los proveedores de salud seguros y saludables. 

Realizamos pruebas para protegerlo a usted, a su familia y a nuestros empleados. Si no se siente bien, le pedimos que mejor programe su cita para otra fecha.

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. They will be conducted by appointment only. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 screening guidelines will be enforced including mask requirement, temperature check and screening questions. 

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 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
  • Saving money at the grocery store
  • Cooking techniques
  • Time-saving tips

Classes are currently being offering in a virtual setting (you can join via desktop computer or mobile device). Call 501-202-1540 to register or learn more.

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.

Partnership in Education Programs

Baptist Health’s Community Outreach Department partners with schools within the community to provide educational programs and screening events as a way to support the School Health Initiative. 

Athletic School Physical

The Athletic School Physicals are staffed by nurses and volunteer physicians. It is an effort to ensure children who aren’t able to get physicals done to continue involvement with school sports. 

School Based Prenatal Program

Free prenatal classes are available upon request in the Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special School Districts and surrounding areas. All classes are instructed by Registered Nurses and will cover the following topics: 

  • Development of the fetus
  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Postpartum
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn Care
  • Car Seat Class
  • CPR
  • Safety Baby Shower
  • Looking ahead to the future