The Community-Campus Partnership Conference to Address Health Disparities is a one-day, statewide conference to promote strategies that enhance the development and sustainability of community-campus partnerships in an effort to eliminate health disparities. Arkansas is consistently ranked among the states with the worst overall health outcomes in the country.
Problems include too many uninsured, too few primary caregivers and specialists, overstretched hospitals, excessive chronic disease, and many unhealthy behaviors. The state is in need of innovative approaches to improve access to health care, overall health outcomes, and quality of life among Arkansans.
The overarching goal of the conference is to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders representing rural communities in a forum to share current research and best practices; discuss and collaboratively set a meaningful research agenda; and build capacity, skills, and partnerships for future research, dissemination of research findings, and facilitation of a forum of action.