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.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidenced based program that provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing physical activity in order to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The program is delivered over a 12 month period in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Benton, beginning with 16 sessions followed by 6 maintenance sessions.
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, this FREE lifestyle change program can help you make a change to improve your health!
To register and for more information contact 501-202-1540.
Verizon Diabetes Program
Risk Assessment Tool
Diabetes Support Group
Diabetes can seem overwhelming because it affects so many areas of daily life. Join us in supporting those with diabetes and their caregivers. Our monthly support groups are fun and interesting. Learn more about our Diabetes Support Group
Diabetes Empowerment Education program (DEEP)
Join us for a FREE 6-session Diabetes Empowerment Education program! Learn about diabetes and its risk factors. Get the facts and learn how the human body works, how to manage your health through nutrition and physical activity, and techniques to reduce stress and help you cope.
To register and for more information on DEEP classes contact Baptist Health Community Outreach at 501-202-1540.
General Wellness Initiatives
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, under-insured and under-served populations. Free services include health education, care coordination, immunizations and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, among others.
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.
Community Walking Program
By providing the tools and resources needed to plan and track daily walking habits, Baptist Health’s Community Walking Program can encourage aerobic walking as a permanent part of a healthier lifestyle.
Enrollment is free to those 18 and older and membership entitles you to a free Walker Starter Kit which includes a walking log, T-shirt, water bottle and pedometer. Walking Program members also receive a monthly newsletter with health tips, access to free health screenings and incentive prizes.
For more information about the Community Walking Program, please contact Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.
The Watershed Initiative provides health screenings to an under-served population.
Annual Christmas Screening
Watershed Inc., in partnership with Baptist Health, offers free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings during the month of December. The first 10 individuals to complete the screening process receive a door prize!
For a list of upcoming Christmas Screening dates, call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478.
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.
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 under-served 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.
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
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
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!® is an interactive 10 – 12 session education program that focuses on building skills in media analysis and media production to help young people ages 11 to 13 understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health—especially in regard to nutrition and physical activity. Media-Smart Youth helps empower young people to think critically about media and make thoughtful decisions about nutrition and physical activity through education sessions, action breaks, snacks breaks, and mini-media productions. The program targets youth 11 to 13 however it has been implemented with high school students.
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.
We Can! ®Energize Our Families: Parent Program is a program for parents and caregivers that encourages a healthy weight for the family through nutrition and physical fitness activities and discussions in a community setting.
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.
Women’s Health Initiatives
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.
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.
The Hispanic Initiative focuses on health promotion and prevention activities that target the Hispanic community, including immunizations, screenings and community-building activities.