Arkansas Addresses its Large Population Living in Medically Underserved Areas

Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies

From 1993 to 1994, staff from the State of Arkansas Department of Health sought to develop the Arkansas Primary Care Access Project, in which primary care group practices would serve as "hubs" in communities with populations below 10,000. The hubs would then develop "spoke" sites in surrounding underserved areas.

While it was thought that the hub and spoke model might prove very suitable for Arkansas, too little progress was made during this planning phase to win continued RWJF support.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Practice Sights: State Primary Care Development Strategies national program.

Key Results:

  • The Rural Health Advisory Council identified five potential hub sites.
  • The state completed needs assessment surveys for various practitioners and began to develop a locum tenens program to provide coverage.

Afterward: While it was thought that the hub and spoke model might prove very suitable for Arkansas, too little progress was made during this planning phase to win continued RWJF support.

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