ACHI Health Policy Board Announces New Board Member

January 4, 2013

Activities focus on improving the health of Arkansans

Fort Smith, Ark. - January 4, 2013.  With the New Year also comes a new resolve to improve health care in Arkansas.  Caryol Hendricks, Executive Director of Employers' Health Coalition has been named to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) Health Policy Board.  The board consists of 21 members from across the state that bring diverse perspectives and interests in health.  Arknasas Surgeon General Joe Thompson personally chose Hendricks to serve for her unwavering commitment to improve health of Arkansans.

As part of its standing work, the Health Policy Board identifies and establishes strategic priorities, provides direction and guidance, and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas.  The Health Policy Board uses a decision support tool in determining its level of engagement around specific policy issues.  Through informed discussion, the Health Policy Board guides and sets policy recommendations to benefit the citizens of the state, thus allowing ACHI to serve as an independent voice articulating the needs of Arkansans.

Hendricks, who has also served on the Governor's Round Table, National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) Board of Governor's, Diabetes Advisory Council and currently as the NBCH chair for Direct Purchasing Committee, finds this new board particularly advantageous to the state of Arkansas.  "I am so pleased to be involved with ACHI Health Policy Board.  In today's volatile health care climate, health promotion and disease prevention activities are crucial for improving the health of Arkansans.  By focusing on evidence-based recommendations through evidence-based research, public issue advocacy and collaborative program development, we can make a difference in the lives of Arkansans."

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