Healthy Communities

COVID-19 Guidance for Self Home Quarantine

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding the novel coronavirus. Specifically, we want to inform you about how to self home quarantine.

If you have traveled to a country with a CDC travel advisory of Level 2 or higher within the last 14 days, please call ADH at 1-800-803-7847. You must remain home for 14 days after you left that country to prevent the spread of the virus.

Given increased community spread in the US, you should consider self home quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Arkansas to protect your family and community.

Self home quarantine means:

If you begin to have symptoms such as fever, cough, or trouble breathing, or if you otherwise feel sick, contact your health care provider. 


COVID-19 Guidance for Dentists

In light of on-going COVID-19 concerns and Governor Hutchinson’s recent State of Emergency Declaration, the Arkansas Department of Health recommends voluntary suspension of all non-emergency or non-urgent dental care to all dental patients through April 3, 2020, or longer depending on the severity of the pandemic in Arkansas. This recommendation is subject to change at the discretion of the Governor and Secretary of Health.

The only dental care to be provided at this time should be emergency or urgent in nature that specifically addresses oral pain and/or oral infection management. Recommended guidelines suggest delaying treatment for high-risk patients who meet any of the following criteria:

  • recently returned from overseas travel;
  • present with a fever of 100.4+oF;
  • aged 65 and older;
  • have compromised immune systems and/or present with chronic disease (ASA 2 and above)

Universal precautions are to be strictly followed in order to minimize the possibility of disease transmission. Because of the frequent production of aerosols during emergency or urgent dental treatments, the following recommendations are advised:

  • Use hand instruments only and avoid the use of ultrasonic/piezo scaling instruments for debridement
  • Utilize the dental dam to isolate the treatment area and place the high volume suction as close to the surgical site as possible in order to capture the generated aerosols
  • Change masks and follow proper disinfection protocol (including eyewear) between patients
  • Dental staff (including dentists) should record their own temperatures and physical status daily
  • Reception rooms should be closed to family members and all magazines and journals removed

Patients with an acute respiratory illness may present for dental treatment at outpatient dental settings. It may not be possible to know the cause of any patient’s illness so it is important to follow this guidance and standard precautions at all times.

  • Patients with an acute respiratory illness should be identified at check-in and placed in a single- patient room with the door kept closed.
  • Seek to prevent the transmission of respiratory infections in healthcare settings by adhering to respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
  • Offer a disposable surgical mask to persons who are coughing; and provide tissues and no-touch receptacles for used tissue disposal.
  • Ill persons should wear a surgical mask when outside the patient room.
  • Dental healthcare personnel assessing a patient with influenza-like or other respiratory illness should wear disposable surgical facemask*, non-sterile gloves, gown, and eye protection (e.g., goggles) to prevent exposure.
  • Patient and dental healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash) after possible contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfection strategies used during influenza seasons can be applied to the environmental management for COVID-19. More information can be found here.

Collective actions taken by the dental community can help deter the proliferation of the COVID-19 virus in Arkansas. By rescheduling elective procedures, dental health professionals can do their part to prevent community spread, as well as help to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment that is critical for frontline healthcare personnel responding to this pandemic.

For the most up-to-date information and support, visit our website here.


COVID-19 Guidance for High Risk Individuals

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for high risk individuals.

Older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. Older adults, and those with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease tend to have lower immunity and can see worsening of their health condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends some important measures these individuals can take to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease, as listed below.

The Arkansas Department of Health is also working diligently with health care providers across the state to educate and inform them about the needs of patients at high risk and how to address them.


COVID-19 Guidance for Getting Tested

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for testing.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath call ahead to your health care provider.

Those at higher risk for serious illness include older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions. People who are considered high risk should contact their health care provider early, even if symptoms are mild.

Health care providers will decide if testing for COVID-19 is necessary based on your symptoms and known exposures. Providers can test through private labs.

The ADH does not collect specimens for testing. Only your health care provider can decide if testing is needed and collect the needed specimens.

At this time, the ADH Public Health Lab is only performing tests for Arkansans with possible high risk exposure to COVID-19. However, health care providers have access to testing through other labs.

People who are mildly ill may be able to self-isolate and care for themselves at home. If emergency warning signs develop, seek medical attention immediately. These signs include: difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face.

The ADH is monitoring Arkansans with possible exposure to COVID-19. Depending on travel history, or exposure to people with confirmed COVID-19, some individuals may be placed under home quarantine. If symptoms of COVID-19 do not develop prior to the last date of quarantine, these people will be free to resume their normal activities.

CDC Guidance

CDC has a a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19. Click here to access this guidance.


COVID-19 Guidance for Veterinarians

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it is always a good idea to wash your hands and use appropriate hygiene before and after interacting with animals.

Given community transmission of COVID-19 in the U.S., it is possible that many people, including clients and/or staff may become ill. Veterinary clinics should consider the following:

Additional Resources

From the CDC:


COVID-19 Guidance for Mass Gatherings

At this time, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is not offering specific guidance with respect to the need to cancel or postpone mass gatherings within the community. As we learn more about the behavior of the virus, it is highly likely that any official recommendations put forth could change and change rapidly.

Every community is different with respect to its size, demographics, and healthcare capacity.  Additionally, proposed gatherings will have different characteristics (i.e. small scale vs large scale, anticipated local attendance vs attendance from persons out-of-state, etc.)  As such, it is possible that an event planned for one community may not be appropriate for another.  At this time, the decision regarding whether or not the event should proceed is left to its organizers.

The Arkansas Department of Health recommends that event coordinators take into account the size and scope of their event, as well as the demographics of those likely to attend the event when determining whether or not it should proceed. The ADH also recommends that event coordinators remain up-to-date with any directives from their local city and county leadership.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published recommendations for implementing mitigation strategies for communities with local COVID-19 transmission. That document can be found here.

The recommendations in this document could also be used in communities that have not yet seen local transmission of the disease.

Additional Resources

CDC Guidance for Large Events and Mass Gatherings 3/15/2020


COVID-19 Guidance for Healthcare Providers

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for health care professionals.

Health care professionals have an increased risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Care providers can minimize risk of exposure when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) guidance, which may be found here.

To view the Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed COVID-19 issued by the Arkansas Department of Health, click here.

Evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUIs)

At this time, ADH is only performing tests Arkansans with possible high risk exposure to COVID-19. Depending on travel history, or exposure to people with confirmed COVID-19 some individuals may be placed under home quarantine by the ADH.

Health care professionals with patients experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should use COVID-19 testing that is now available through commercial laboratories, such as LabCorp or Quest.

Please only call the ADH Outbreak Response section at 1-800-803-7847 if you have any questions or want to consult with ADH regarding testing for high risk patients, such as close contacts confirmed positive patients.  

Recommendations for Reporting, Testing, and Specimen Collection


For more information on reporting click here.

To watch COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions, click on the image below.

Caring for Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Patients

How COVID-19 Spreads

Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 spreads mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.

How to Protect Yourself

Adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC):


CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for health care professionals. CDC provides information on:

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 in the U.S. This following location list is found here.

FDA Guidance

FDA has a hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. Labs can reach out at with any questions related to diagnostic development.

Additional Resources


COVID-19 Guidance for Pharmacies

Top 10 Things You Can Do to Prepare

The Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Pharmacists Association strongly recommends that all pharmacies take the following actions:

  1. Use calming and reassuring language when patients ask for information.
  2. Have a fact sheet available to answer questions from patients on prescription refills, emergency supplies, payer coverage of medications, and other Rx-related information.
  3. Encourage patients to have appropriate medications on hand to treat viral symptoms, so they will not have to go out if they develop COVID-19.
  4. Establish a process for older adults, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic health conditions to obtain medications without waiting in line such as utilizing pharmacy drive-through window option or medication delivery service if available.
  5. Report unusual patient complaints, surges in symptoms of fever, cough, or respiratory distress, or surges in sales volumes of cold and flu medications, over-the-counter painkillers, or hand sanitizer.
  6. Implement infection control procedures, especially for clinic waiting areas:
    • Provide a mask to customers who are coughing or sneezing.
    • Make sure staff maintain a distance of 3 feet from asymptomatic patients and at least 6 feet from those actively coughing.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect counters, waiting areas, and other spaces where public interaction occurs with an EPA-approved disinfectant. Clean at least every hour or after every 10 patients, whichever is more frequent.
    • Place alcohol-based hand sanitizer next to the checkout window so people can sanitize their hands after using common items, like the pen used to sign for prescriptions.
  7. Monitor all staff for sickness regularly. Take temperatures once per shift and send them home if they have symptoms of a respiratory infection.
  8. Update sick leave policies to place employees on sick leave if a family member is sick and to develop a post-illness return-to-work procedure.
  9. Take recommended actions for unprotected exposures (e.g., not using recommended personal protective equipment, an unrecognized infectious patient contact).
  10. Know your active standing orders, collaborative practice agreements, and memorandums of understanding. Know the most up to date timelines on when you may be receiving certain capabilities or products (vaccines, therapeutics, testing).

Call Center

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday - Friday), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847. After normal business hours, urgent calls needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.

Additional Resources


COVID-19 Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations

Faith-based organizations can help share important information and protect the health and safety of their members.

Strategies to Plan and Prepare for an Outbreak

  1. Establish ongoing communication with your health department to facilitate access to relevant information.
  2. Connect to community-wide planning.
    • Find out if your local government has an emergency planning group.
  3. Communicate about everyday preventive actions.
    • Promote handwashing, social distancing from those who are ill, staying home if you are sick, and covering your mouth when you cough.
    • Help counter stigma and discrimination within your community.
  4. Consider the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities, or other individuals with access and functional needs. Helpful resources can be found here.
  5. Provide supplies for staff, volunteers, and those you serve such as soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash baskets.
  6. Plan for staff absences and implement flexible attendance and sick-leave policies if possible. See our Guidance for Employers page for more information.
  7. Designate a space for people who may be sick. Develop a cleaning plan for these rooms daily.
  8. Stay informed about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials.
  9. Distribute health messages and materials to staff, volunteers, and the community.


CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for community and faith-based organizations. To learn more about CDC recommendations, click here.


ABPM - Enforcement

Grounds for Revocation or Suspension of License

Arkansas Law Governing Podiatric Medicine

  1. The Board may revoke or refuse to renew the license of a podiatric physician, after notice and hearing for any one or more of the following causes:
    • A plea of guilty or nolo contendre or conviction of any crime involving moral turpitude or a felony, the judgment of any such conviction unless pending upon appeal shall be conclusive evidence of unprofessional conduct;
    • resorting to fraud, misrepresentation or deception in applying for or securing a license to practice Podiatric Medicine, or in taking the examination for the license or in seeking the renewal of the license;.
    • To continue to practice with knowledge that the podiatric physician is afflicted with an infectious disease.
    • Failure to display in the primary office the current certificates of registration;
    • Failure to comply with a reasonable standard of proficiency and maintain required continuing education.
    • Unprofessional and dishonest conduct., including but not limited to:
    • The willful betrayal of a professional secret.
    • Aiding and abetting an unlicensed person to practice Podiatric Medicine.
    • Making a false statement in any affidavit required of the applicant for application, examination, or registration under this Act.
      (iv) Violation of Arkansas Code Annotated Section 17-96-101 et. seq.
    • Violation of any rules of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine.
    • as habitual, intemperate, or excessive use of narcotics or any other habit-forming drugs.
    • incompetent to practice medicine to such an extent as to endanger the public.
    • insanity or mental disease if evidenced by adjudication or by a voluntary commitment to an institution for treatment of a mental disease or as determined by an examination conducted by three impartial psychiatrists.
    • Soliciting for patronage, advertising for patronage using a false, fraudulent, deceptive or misleading manner the quality of medical services or illegal procedures and practices.
    • Submitting false, deceptive or unfounded claims, reports or opinions to any patient, insurance company or indemnity association company, individual or government authority for the purpose of obtaining a monetary payment.
    • Gross, willful and continued overcharging for professional services.
    • Discharge of a patient without due notice.
    • Allowing an unqualified or unlicensed person to provide care for your patients without direct supervision.
    • Failure to report the filing of a malpractice lawsuit within 30 days to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine by registered mail. DownloadA Physician's Malpractice Reporting Form Here
    • Failure to report disciplinary action, suspension or loss of privileges by a hospital,
      outpatient treatment or surgical facility within 30 days to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine by registered mail. Download the Complaint form here.
  2. The Board after hearing may, by majority vote, revoke any license issued by it, licensure to any podiatric physician who has been convicted of violation of any of the provisions of the Article. The Board may also, after hearing and by majority vote, revoke the license of any person whose license was granted upon mistake of material fact. The Board may subsequently, but not earlier than one year thereafter, by majority vote, reissue a license to a podiatric physician whose license was revoked, except as herein provided.

  3. The State Board of Podiatric Medicine shall not suspend or revoke or refuse to issue or to renew, any license for any of the causes listed in Article IV unless the person accused has been given at least twenty days notice in writing of the charge and a public hearing by the Board. Upon the hearing of any such proceeding, the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine may administer oaths and may use its subpoena power to procure the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers, on behalf of the person charged or on behalf of the Board Proceedings shall be in accordance with the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act. Ark. Code Ann.§ 25-201 et.seq.

ABPM - Licensing

License Required -- Penalty for Unlawful Practice

It's unlawful for any person to claim to be a podiatrist or to practice unless licensed by the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine. Upon conviction, the person shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisoned for not less than three (3) months nor more than one (1) year, or both. The fine and imprisonment are to be at the discretion of the court or jury. Each separate day on which any person practices or attempts to practice or holds out to practice, or does both, without the registration and certificate as provided in the rules and regulations shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.



Any person who wishes to practice podiatric medicine in this state should submit an application (click here for the renewal application) to the Secretary of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine for a license.

License renewal date is June 30th each year. You may obtain a renewal form from the forms and publications section of this site.

An applicant wishing to take the Arkansas Licensing Exam, in lieu of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam Part III, should contact the secretary for exam date and deadlines.

All applicants shall submit with their application a fee of two hundred dollars ($200).


Qualifications of Applicants

1. Official application forms are available on the Board’s website. No application for examination will be considered unless fully and completely filled out on this form and properly attested.

2. An applicant must have official documentation sent to the Secretary of the Board from the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners that a passing score was achieved by the applicant on the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Part I and Part II of the National Board Examination.

3. An applicant may take the state examination or submit official documentation from the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners of a passing score on the Part III Examination.

4. No applicant will be admitted to the state examination except on presentation of a valid driver’s license or other form of government-issued photo identification.

5. Applications should be sent to the address provided on the Board’s website.

6. The fee for examination, as set by the Board shall accompany the application. The fee shall be sent in form of cashier’s check, personal check or money order.

7. The applicant will furnish with the application transcripts under seal of the college or colleges of podiatric medicine attended.

8. Applicants shall provide themselves with pen and ink to be used in writing the state examination. Paper and other materials will be furnished by the Board.

9. All applications must be completed and submitted to the Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the state Board examination, unless otherwise provided by law.

10. The application is subject to Arkansas law at the time of consideration of the application by the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine.

11. The state examination shall be conducted in English.

12. All state examinations shall be conducted in the presence of at least one member of the Board.

13. If an applicant fails to pass the state examination, the applicant may appear before the Board for not more than two examinations, all of which must be taken within a period of six months from the date of the first examination of the applicant.

14. An applicant who can demonstrate that he meets the following criteria may have his license reinstated upon payment of the application fee:


Temporary License

A temporary license to practice podiatric medicine in this state may be issued to a person who meets all the qualifications for licensure with the exception of the residency requirement while participating in a full-time podiatric residency program. This program must be approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association. This person shall practice under the supervision of a licensed and qualified podiatrist of this state. The Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine must be notified in writing of this supervisory status by the residency director of the program. The board shall also receive in writing the name of the podiatrist who will act as the supervisor and an agreement to act in the capacity of a supervisor.

The temporary license will be in effect for a period of one (1) year after the date of issue. The board shall not issue a certificate to practice podiatric medicine if the applicant does not present proof of the successful completion of the residency program.

A podiatrist practicing podiatric medicine with a temporary license may be suspended or may have the temporary license revoked under the same provisions for the revocation of licensure or suspension of a fully licensed podiatrist.

The board shall not issue a certificate to practice podiatric medicine if the applicant does not present proof of the successful completion of the residency program. The proof of residency completion accompanied by the licensing renewal fee must be presented to the board within thirty (30) days of completion of the residency program or the applicant shall be required to submit a new application for licensure.


Emergency Provisional License

  1. In addition to the provisional license the Board may grant under Article VIII.2., the Board may grant an emergency provisional license in case of emergency and to prevent hardship after receiving evidence that the applicant:
    • Has all qualifications and meets all requirements of Ark. Code Ann. §§ 17- 96-303; and
    • Holds a current license, in good standing, to practice podiatric medicine in another state; and
    • Is not holding a revoked, suspended, or probationary license in any state; and
    • Has paid the application fee.
  2. An emergency provisional license issued pursuant to this Article automatically expires ninety (90) days from the date of issuance.
  3. An emergency provision license may be renewed once under the same requirements described in Article III(1).


Exam Info

Examination dates are set each year in June. There are no deadlines for requests to take the examination.

The Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine may make rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examinations as it deems necessary, and violation of the rules and regulations will subject the applicant to the loss of the examination fee.

An applicant who fails to pass an examination and is refused registration by the board may be entitled to a reexamination within six (6) months after the refusal.


Continuing Education Requirements - Renewal

  1. As part of the application for annual license renewal, licensees must submit to the Board proof that they completed twenty hours of approved continuing medical education within the year prior to the license renewal date.
  2. To satisfy the requirements of paragraph 1 of this Rule, a continuing medical education hour shall be considered “approved” if:
    • (A) The hour has been approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association;
    • (B) The hour was obtained when attending official meetings presented by any State Podiatric Medical Association;
    • (C) The hour was obtained from meetings approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association or approved by the Council on Osteopathic Medical Education of the American Osteopathic Association as long as the hours pertain to the practice of Podiatric Medicine;
    • (D) The hour was obtained from hospital lectures, as long as the hour pertains to the practice of Podiatric Medicine.
  3. The Board will accept any “approved” hours, as that term is defined in paragraph 2 above, regardless of whether those hours are from meetings, the internet, or periodicals.
  4. In addition to the methods of approval for continuing medical education hours provided in paragraph 2 of this Rule, the Board may consider prior approval of meetings. Such prior approval shall be obtained from the Secretary of the Board or, if the Secretary is unavailable to consider hours for approval, a designee of the Board appointed by the President of the Board.

Note: ALL copies of Continuing Medical Education Credits, renewal application, and payment must be in the office of the Secretary no later than May 30th of the expiration year or there will be a $25 late fee charged.

ABPM - Rules

Board Members

17-96-201. Creation -- Members.

The Governor shall appoint an examining board to consist of five (5) members appointed on September 1, for terms of three (3) years. All members shall be residents of the state for a period of one (1) or more years.

Three (3) members shall be podiatrists and shall have been actually engaged in the practice of podiatric medicine immediately preceding their appointment. They shall be appointed upon recommendation of the Arkansas Podiatric Medical Association.

Two (2) members of the board shall not be actively engaged in or retired from the profession of podiatric medicine. One (1) member shall represent consumers, and one (1) member shall be sixty (60) years of age or older and shall represent the elderly. Both shall be appointed from the state at large subject to confirmation by the Senate. The two (2) positions may not be held by the same person. Both shall be full voting members but shall not participate in the grading of examinations.

All vacancies on the board shall be filled by the Governor to serve for the unexpired term of the member whose place is rendered vacant.


Officers of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine and their Duties

  1. The officers of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine shall consist of a President and a Secretary-Treasurer. They shall be elected annually by the members of the Board and shall serve a term of one year, or until their successors are elected and qualified.
  2. President. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Board and shall preside at all of its meetings. The president shall approve and keep in custody the bond of the secretary, sign all licenses, and perform such other duties as may pertain to the office. The president shall approve all requests for the expenditure of funds of the Board, and shall have power to vote on all questions coming before the Board.
  3. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be in charge of the books, records, property, and money of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine. The Secretary-Treasurer shall conduct the Board’s correspondence, keep a complete and accurate record of the business transactions at all meetings and of all fees received and expenses paid under these rules and regulations and shall report the same to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine annually. The Secretary-Treasurer shall also have the following duties and responsibilities:
    • The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a complete record listing the names and addresses of all persons to whom licenses have been granted with the number, and the date of issuance of each license.
    • The Secretary-Treasurer shall collect all fees and renewals, and deposit to the account of the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine all money received not later than the first day of the calendar month following receipt of the money,
    • The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a full and complete record of all forfeited, revoked and expired licenses, and shall countersign all newly issued licenses.
    •  The Secretary-Treasurer shall receive and submit to the Board for approval all applications for licensure and shall further be required to keep a full and complete record thereof.
    •  The Secretary-Treasurer shall notify the members of the Board of the dates and places of all regular and special meetings of said Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine, and shall notify applicants for licensure of the date and place of examination.
    • Before taking possession of office, the Secretary-Treasurer shall file with the president of Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine such surety bond as may be required by the Board, the expense of which shall be paid by the Board.  At the expiration of the term of office shall deliver to the successor all books, records, property, and money of the Board.
    • The Secretary-Treasurer shall receive and submit to the Board for approval all applications for license and any complaints regarding podiatric physicians that appear to be violations of these Rules and Regulations.  Complaints that are obviously not in violation of the rules and regulations need not be submitted to the Board.
    • The Secretary-Treasurer shall not issue any duplicate license number or reassign any number that may become vacant.
  4. Other members of the Board will countersign, license, preside over meetings when necessary, and aid in conducting examinations of applicants.

Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine

Welcome to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine

Since the Internet is an easy and direct way to communicate with you, this website will allow you to have immediate access to important information about the policies and procedures regarding podiatric medicine in the state of Arkansas. We are dedicated to providing professionals and the public with the most current information available. It is our hope that you will find the Arkansas Podiatric Board's website helpful and informative.


To Protect the citizens of Arkansas and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the Practice of Podiatric Medicine and ensure that all licensed podiatric physicians uphold the obligation of providing ethical, quality standard of care.

About the Board

Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine maintains records of the Doctors of Podiatric Medicine Licensed to practice in the State of Arkansas. The Board is governed by AR Code 17-96-201. The Governor shall appoint an examining board to consist of five (5) members appointed on September 1, for terms of three (3) years.

Board Members Location
John Robinette DPM, President Pine Bluff
Laurel Tait DPM, Secretary/Treasurer Little Rock
Mark Reiner DPM, Member Jonesboro
Adam Davis, Member Mariana
Keri Cody, Member Ashdown

Board Meetings

  1. The annual business meeting of the Board will be held in June of each year.  Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President, or in the absence or inability of the president to act, by the members of said Board, for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties as required by law.
  2. Examining applicants for licensure shall be held during the Annual Meeting of the Board.
  3. At all meetings of the Board, three members shall be necessary for the transaction of business, and all motions must have two favorable votes in order for them to carry.  At examinations only one member need be present to supervise the examination and render such service as may be needed.

Forms & Publications

Links & Resources

Office Address
Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine 2 Margeaux Court
Little Rock, AR 72223

ASBDE Complaint & Feedback

If you have a complaint concerning patient care, please submit a complaint form by clicking here.


Note: Monetary matters (i.e. billing, insurance claims, etc.) and recovery of money for personal damages are outside of the Board's jurisdiction to resolve. 

Alternatives to filing a complaint with the Board are:

Prior to filing your complaint with the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, please read the following terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions: The information contained in my complaint will be true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners does not represent individuals in matters involving private and/or monetary disputes. I am, however, filing a complaint to notify the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners of the activities of this party and for any other assistance which may be rendered. I give my permission for my complaint to be referred to other agencies when appropriate. I give my permission for the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners to obtain my dental records to investigate my complaint and by signing my complaint, I am requesting and authorizing the dentist that I am complaining against to release my health care information to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.

ASBDE - Applications & Renewals

Dental License by Examination application
Dental License by Credentials application
Arkansas Speciality application
License Reinstatement form
Temporary Charitable License for Dentists
Moderate Sedation - application and facility permit
General/Deep Sedation - application and facility permit
Moderate Sedation - facility permit only
General/Deep Sedation - facility permit only
Mobile Dental Facility permit
Collaborative Care Permit application (note: must be approved by the Arkansas Department of Health's Office of Oral Health before applying with the Board. Contact the Office of Oral Health at 501-280-4051 for more information.)
Dental Corporation/Limited Liability Company Registration form
Fictitious Name Request form
Wall Certificate Remake form
Verification of Licensure Request form
Change Request form (to request a name, address, phone number, or email change)
Dental Hygiene License by Examination application
Dental Hygiene License by Credentials application
License Reinstatement form
Collaborative Care Permit application (note: must be approved byt the Arkansas Department of Health's Office of Oral Health before applying with the Board. Contact the Office of Oral Health at 501-280-4051 for more information.)
Local Anestesia Permit application
Wall Certificate Remake
Verification of License Request form
Change Request form (to request a name, address, phone number, or email change)
Application for Registration of Dental Assistants
Expanded Duties Add-On for Registered Dental Assistants
Verification of Licensure Request form
Wall Certificate Remake
Change Request form (to request a name, address, phone number, or email change)



Dentists & Registered Dental Hygienists:

Registered Dental Assistants

Dental Assistants Registration

Dental Assistants must hold a current permit issued by the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners to perform dental radiography, coronal polishing, administration/monitoring of nitrous oxide, and sedation monitoring in the dental office. If a dental assistant is performing any of these duties without a permit, they are doing so illegally.

Radiography, coronal polishing, nitrous oxide administration, and sedation monitoring are considered "expanded duties."

You must successfully complete a nitrous oxide administration and monitoring course by one of the Board's approved instructors: click here for list.

*The Board office does not have information on the cost and availability of courses. You must contact the above instructors directly for information about their nitrous oxide courses.

Sedation Monitoring

Note: In order to apply for a sedation monitoring permit, you must FIRST hold a current permit from the Board in NITROUS OXIDE ADMINISTRATION.

Upon receipt of your initial application, you will be emailed the jurisprudence exam covering the Dental Practice Act/Dental Corporation Act/Rules & Regulations. You must put a valid email address on the application.  After completion, return the jurisprudence exam to the Board office. You must pass the exam with a minimum score of 75%. Please be reminded that the Board does not accept online CPR.


Hygienists Licensure Information

Licensure by Examination

A hygienist who has been licensed and practicing for less than five (5) years, and desires to practice dental hygiene in the State of Arkansas, may apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for a license to practice pursuant to the following requirements:

The Board office will not discuss your application with anyone other than you. Feel free to contact the Board office with questions about your application at 501-682-2085 or via email at

"When will I receive my license?" That is a question that is commonly asked of the Board office, and we are unable to answer that question. Please be assured that once your application is complete, you will be issued a license via email with a wall certificate to follow in the mail. If your address has changed between the time that you submitted your application and the time that you receive your email issuing you a license, please notify the Board office of your address change.  The cost to remake your wall certificate is $25.


Licensure by Credentials

A dental hygienist who has been licensed and practicing continuously for the past five (5) years or more, and desires to practice dental hygiene in the State of Arkansas, may apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for a license to practice dental hygiene pursuant to the following requirements:

After your application is completed, you must present yourself before the Board during one of its regularly scheduled meetings for a personal interview.  During the meeting, the Board will review your application and approve or deny your application for licensure.  You will receive confirmation (via mail or email) informing you of the date and time of your interview.

Please note the following:

To be eligible for licensure by credentials, you must be currently licensed in the state from which you are applying, and must have practiced continuously for a period of five (5) years immediately prior to applying.  Secondly, the Board office will not discuss your application with anyone other than you. Feel free to contact the Board office with questions about your application at 501-682-2085 or via email at

ASBDE - Licensure

Licensure by Examination

A dentist who has been licensed and practicing for less than five (5) years, and desires to practice dentistry in the State of Arkansas, may apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for a license to practice pursuant to the following requirements:

*The Board office will not discuss your application with anyone other than you. Feel free to contact the Board office with questions about your application at 501-682-2085 or via email at

"When will I receive my license?" That is a question that is commonly asked of the Board office, and we are unable to answer that question.

Please be assured that once your application is complete, you will be issued a license via email with a wall certificate to follow in the mail. If your address has changed between the time that you submitted your application and the time that you receive your email issuing you a license, please notify the Board office of your address change. The cost to remake your wall certificate is $25.


Licensure by Credentials

A dentist who has been licensed and practicing continuously for the past five (5) years or more, and desires to practice dentistry in the State of Arkansas, may apply to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners for a license to practice pursuant to the following requirements:

After your application is completed, you must present yourself before the Board during one of its regularly scheduled meetings for a personal interview. During the meeting, the Board will review your application and approve or deny your application for licensure. You will receive confirmation (via mail or email) informing you of the date and time of your interview.

*Please note the following:

To be eligible for licensure by credentials, you must be currently licensed in the state from which you are applying, and must have practiced continuously for a period of five (5) years immediately prior to applying. To be considered as practicing "continuously," you must have actively practiced dentistry for a minimum of 1000 hours per year for the two calendar years immediately prior to the date of application. The qualifying hours of clinical practice must have been performed in the most current jurisdiction from where the application is being made. You may have participated in a post-graduate dental/medical education program during the five years in order to satisfy the five-year practice requirement.

Secondly, the Board office will not discuss your application with anyone other than you. Feel free to contact the Board office with questions about your application at 501-682-2085 or via email at


Speciality Licensure Requirements


Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners

Our Mission

The Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners was established by the Legislature in 1887 to help protect the interest of Arkansas citizens. The Board is authorized by statute to license dentists and dental hygienists by examination or credentials. The Board issues specialty licenses to dentists who have post graduate training and successfully complete an examination. The Board registers dental corporations. The Board issues permits to dental assistants who have qualified for expanded duties. It issues anesthesia permits to dentists who have special training and wish to use general anesthesia or conscious sedation in their offices. It issues local anesthesia permits to dental hygienists who have special training that meets Board criteria.

The Board by rule and regulation prescribes those acts, services, procedures, and practices which define the practice of dentistry and those acts, services, procedures, and practices which can be performed by dental hygienists and dental assistants.

The Board disciplines its licensees and permit holders if there has been a violation of the Dental Practice Act, the Dental Corporation Act, or the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

The Board is entirely self-supporting. Application fees, renewal fees, permit fees, disciplinary fines, and penalties fund the work of the Board.

Board Members Location
L. Frederick Church, Jr., DDS, President Little Rock
Carl Plyler, DDS, Vice-President Glenwood
Matthew McDonough, DDS, Secretary/Treasurer Jonesboro
Cara Jones, DDS Little Rock
Charles Garrett Taylor, II, DDS Pine Bluff
Dwight Ducksworth, DDS Springdale
Erika Thomas, RDH Conway
Marcia Cook Sherwood
Karrie Jamison Nashville
Meredith Rogers, Executive Director
Corneshia Harrison, Administrative Analyst
Kevin O'Dwyer, Board Attorney


Board History

The Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners was created by act 144 of 1887 and has been in continuous existence since that time. Currently, Act 14 of 1955, known as the Dental Practice Act, governs Board operations. The Board regulates the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting, by examining applicants for competency and issuing licenses to candidates meeting the requirements of the State and the Board.

The Board is also vested with the power to revoke or suspend the privilege of practicing professionally under any license or permit issued by it; it may place a licensee or permittee on probation, may impose a fine, or a combination of these sanctions; it has the authority to promulgate Rules and Regulations governing the practice of dentistry; it may conduct disciplinary hearings under the Administrative Procedures Act.

The Board is composed of six practicing dentists, one practicing dental hygienist, and two consumer representatives; one represents the senior citizens of the State. Members are appointed by the Governor for five year terms; officers are elected annually. The

Board meets eight or more times a year and conducts disciplinary hearings in conjunction with those meetings.

More than 5,000 individuals hold a current license or permit issued by the Board of Dental Examiners.


Board Information

Board meetings are open to the public and are held in the Main Street Mall building on the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Little Rock. The meetings begin at 8:30 am. The public is welcome. View the calendar for a complete list of upcoming board meetings.

Resources & Links

Upcoming Board Meetings:


Office Address Phone
Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners 101 East Capitol Ave.
Suite 111
Little Rock, AR 72201

AHSPA Permit of Approval Process

Steps of the POA Application Process:

  1. Determine the type of Home Health Agency or Health Facility that you are seeking to get a POA for: A health facility is defined as “a long-term care facility” and inpatient Hospice Facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-ID), Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF), Residential Care Facilities (RCF), and Assisted Living Facilities(ALF).

  2. Review the Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency (AHSPA) bed need book to determine if your county (where the health agency/facility and/or long- term care beds will located) has a need for long-term care beds. For the bed need book, click here.

  3. If there is a need, access an application from the AHSPA webpage.

  4. Recommendation: contact the agency and set up an appointment with a staff member for a pre-submission conference to review the application and requirements.

  5. Fill out the application and fully answer each applicable question. Please check with the agency before you can answer a question “not applicable”.

  6. Submit one (1) original and one (1) copy of the completed application along with the application fee of $3,000.00 to the Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency in accordance with the Review Cycle schedule. Note*: The original application must be signed in blue ink. Please do not send the applications in binders or folders.

Important Notes:

Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency

The Health Services Permit Agency, with direction from a nine-member Health Services Permit Commission, is responsible for issuing Permits of Approval (POAs) for Nursing Facilities, Residential Care Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Home Health and Hospice Agencies, Psychiatric Residential Care Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Intellectually Disabled.


The Commission/Agency mission is to ensure appropriate distribution of health care providers through the regulation of new services, protection of quality care and negotiation of competing interests so that community needs are appropriately met without unnecessary duplication and expense.


Upcoming Events

Assisted Living Form
Home Health Form
Hospice Form
Nursing Facility Population Form
Nursing Facility Replacement Form
Nursing Facility Utilization Form
POA Decision Appeal Form
POA Termination Appeal Form
POA Transfer Request Form
Site Location Change Form

Rules, Resources, & Downloads


Staff & Commission Members

Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency Mosaic Templars State Temple
Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-661-2509 501-661-2399

COVID-19 Guidance for EMS

Guidance for Emergency Service providers, first responders, law enforcement and 911 operators

This guidance is to provide information about preparations for people who may have been exposed to this new virus so that emergency personnel can keep themselves safe.

Persons Being Monitored Due to Possible Exposure

The people being monitored due to their possible exposure to this novel coronavirus do NOT have a confirmed infection and are asymptomatic. However, they might become symptomatic, and precautions are recommended for those who must have contact with them. Any emergency personnel encountering such a person should use the following precautions:

In preparation for home monitoring of returning travelers, national guidance has been that travelers returning from countries with sustained community spread COVID-19 cases (CDC’s travel warning levels 2 or 3) remain at home in self-quarantine for 14 days after they leave that country. Those on self quarantine have been advised that if they need to call Emergency Services or 911, it is very important that the person inform the 911 operator and any personnel they encounter that they are being monitored due to possible exposure to novel coronavirus. This person will have been told that they need to wear a mask before they encounter anyone. We also tell them that they should announce to the EMS providers before getting in close contact that the all EMS providers should be wearing gloves, gown, mask, and goggles prior to any contact.

It is very important that everyone in the chain of notification, from the 911 operator who receives the call to the Emergency Services crew that will be attending to the patient be notified AND pass along the information that this is a person who is being monitored for possible exposure to novel coronavirus and what precautions to take.

CDC Guidance

See CDC’s full EMS guidance here. For a reference of all country locations with confirmed COVID-19 cases, click here.  

All first responders should contact and work with their local EMS agencies on their plan to treat and transport individuals being monitored for possible exposure to novel coronavirus. All 911 operators should review and implement the Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States. Learn more by clicking here.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Reference here

Travel Health Notices Listed by Warning Levels here.

Additional Resources



COVID-19 Guidance for Travelers

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding the novel coronavirus. Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for travelers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing guidance for travelers. They have established criteria to identify geographic risk. CDC is issuing travel health notices for areas with COVID-19 transmission. To view an interactive map with COVID-19 specific health information click here.

Travelers Returning from Countries with Ongoing Transmission

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is monitoring Arkansans with any possible exposure to COVID-19. Depending on travel history, some returning travelers may be placed under self home quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms of COVID-19 do not develop prior to the last date of quarantine, these people will be free to resume their normal activities, including school or work.

If you have traveled to a country with a CDC travel advisory of Level 2 or higher within the last 14 days, please call ADH at 1-800-803-7847.

Given increased community spread in the US, consider self home quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Arkansas to protect your family and community.


Considerations for Travel Within US

Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, with some areas experiencing community spread. Crowded locations, like airports, may increase your chances of getting COVID-19.

If COVID-19 is spreading at your travel destination, you are more likely to get infected if you travel than if you stay home. To view an updated map of states reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC, click here.

Depending on your circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you decide to travel, be sure to take steps to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19.


CDC Guidance

CDC has a webpage with additional guidelines on COVID-19 for travelers and travel related industries. Learn more about CDC recommendations regarding nonessential travel, travelers returning from high risk countries, business travel and air or cruise travel by clicking here.

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 webpage. This following location list is found here.


COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

We here at ADH want to keep you informed regarding the novel coronavirus. Specifically, we want to inform you about considerations for your employees.

Employees Being Monitored Due to Possible Exposure

If any of your employees are being monitored due to their possible exposure to coronavirus disease 2019, also referred to as COVID-19, they will be placed under home self-quarantine by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) for 14 days after leaving an area of concern. The areas of concern include any country with a Level 2 or higher travel advisory. If this occurs, ADH will provide the person with a letter, and they have the option of requesting a letter be provided to you as well. This letter provides additional information regarding the quarantine, including the date the employee can return to work.

During this time, the person is expected to stay home during the entire 14-day period and not leave for any reason, except to seek any needed medical care.

If the employee does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the end of the self-quarantine period, they will be free to resume normal activities, including school or work. They will also receive a letter stating they have completed the home quarantine period.

Please call the ADH at 1-800-803-7847 if you have any questions.


CDC Guidance

Recommended strategies for employers to use now, for any infectious disease:

See CDC’s full Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 by clicking here.

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 in the U.S. This following location list is found here.


COVID-19 Guidance for Educators

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs regarding COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is providing the following guidance in an effort to help schools prepare in light of the spreading epidemic of Novel Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). Though the current risk to Arkansans is low, the fact of international travel from areas affected by the epidemic requires that administrators be prepared for (1) how to answer questions regarding students or staff who may have traveled to countries where community spread of the virus is occurring and (2) begin making plans for what schools will do to help maintain continuity of teaching and learning if there is community spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas in the future.

Background on COVID-19

The virus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person between people in close contact with one another (about 6 ft) through respiratory droplets, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of those nearby and be inhaled into the lungs. This transmission is much like other respiratory viruses, such as influenza. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. The illness caused by this virus can range from mild to severe, and the most common symptoms are typically fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information regarding this virus, click here.

Guidance about Students and Staff Who Have Traveled or Possibly Been Exposed to COVID-19 

At present ADH are monitoring travelers who have returned within the last 14 days from countries with sustained community transmission. At present these are the affected countries: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. As the epidemic spreads, we will likely also monitor travelers from other affected countries. Travelers from affected countries are advised to stay at home and monitor for symptoms until 14 days have passed from their departure from that country, while limiting interaction with others. Once 14 days have passed without any symptoms of illness, CDC recommends these travelers be allowed to return to school and public activities.

Guidance for Schools on Preparing for Possibility of Community Outbreaks of COVID-19

The CDC has said, “As this global outbreak evolves, US communities, including schools, are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of community level outbreaks in the United States.” Therefore, we recommend school districts prepare to implement the following steps if community spread occurs in Arkansas:

More detailed advice from CDC regarding this planning can be found here.


COVID-19 Resources

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.

Downloads & Resources
ADH Call Center Intake Process for General Public
ADH Contact Investigation Process
ADH Guidance for Employers
COVID-19 Fact Sheets: African American | Chinese | Spanish
General Public Health Notice | Spanish
Health Alert Card
Novel Coronavirus Advisory
Press Releases
Public Health Recommendations in Marshallese
For Clinicians
Job Aid for Clinicians
Patient Under Investigation (PUI Form)
Frequently Asked Questions
Long-Term Care Facilities
Retail Food Establishments



Established by Congress in 1984, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is the only federal program that focuses specifically on addressing the unique medical needs of children by improving the pediatric components of the emergency medical services (EMS) system across the care continuum. In 1987, EMSC awarded eight EMSC state grants to Arkansas, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The EMS for Children program helps to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity sustained as a result of severe illness or trauma.

The EMSC Program Manager coordinates and manages all aspects of the EMSC State Partnership program to ensure that the emergency care needs of children are well integrated throughout the entire continuum of care from illness and injury prevention to bystander care, dispatch, prehospital EMS, definitive hospital care, rehabilitation, and return to community.

The EMSC Program develops and maintains partnerships and collaboratives to improve pediatric emergency education, research, and patient care.

EMSC works as a liaison to other departments/programs within the state of Arkansas assuring the integration of pediatric priorities into disaster planning, EMS education, injury prevention, and trauma system development.

Resources and Links
Arkansas Pediatric Symposium 2020 Save the Date Flyer
Establish a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC) (form)
EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center
Health Resources and Services Administration
The National Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Analysis Resource Center
Contact Phone
Chris Grinder, EMSC Program Manager 501-661-2239



Arkansas Department of Health Guidance

For Child CareFor DentistsFor Educators | For Employers | For EMS | For Faith-based Organizations |

For Getting Tested | For Healthcare Providers | For High Risk IndividualsFor Mass Gatherings |

For Pharmacies | For Schools | For Self Home QuarantineFor Travelers

Arkansas Department of Health Directives
Casinos | EMS License Extension | Emergency Medical Services | Hospitals | Long-Term Care Facilities
Arkansas Department of Health Resources
COVID-19 Resources
Department of Corrections Building Entrance Poster
Frequently Asked Questions
Public Health Notice (flyer)
Visitor Screening Toolkit
Status Update as of March 19, 2020, 2:31pm
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 62
Arkansas Department of Health Lab positive test results 49
Commercial lab positive test results 13
Persons Under Investigation (PUI) 146
Persons being monitored by ADH with daily check-in and guidance because of an identified risk 509
Past PUIs with negative test results 351
Arkansas Department of Health Lab negative test results 247
Commercial Lab negative test results 104

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 by County

Current as of 3/19/2020, 2:31pm.

Negative COVID-19 Test Results by County

Current as of 3/18/2020, 7:34pm.

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm), urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.


Mumps Update

A number of college campuses across the country are experiencing mumps outbreaks. As of January 10, 2020, thirty-seven (37) mumps cases have been associated with the outbreak at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. The latest outbreak update can be found here.

Anyone experiencing mumps symptoms (the first of which is usually swelling cheeks) should isolate themselves at home or in their dorms for five days after initial symptoms appear. All students are encouraged to practice preventative measures like avoiding sharing drinks, washing their hands often, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

The Arkansas Department of Health is continuing to investigate the outbreak and identify how and where mumps is being transmitted while working closely with the university to make recommendations to prevent the spread of mumps.

For more information on the mumps, click here.

Third Dose of MMR Recommendation

Two MMR doses are 88 percent effective at preventing the mumps. This means that 12 percent of people who receive the recommended two doses may still develop the mumps if exposed. University students are particularly susceptible to the mumps during an outbreak, especially if they are in frequent contact with other students in dorms, sports teams, or activity groups. So far, nearly all of the involved cases have received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Someone who is determined to be at high risk for developing the mumps may be asked to receive a third dose of the MMR vaccine. Unless you receive notification that you are considered to be at high risk, a third dose is not recommended at this time. If you have been exposed to the mumps, a third dose of MMR will not keep you from developing symptoms; however, it will help stop further spread of the disease among your close contacts. If you are vaccinated and still develop mumps, your symptoms are expected to be less severe. There is also less of a risk of developing serious complications from the mumps, like deafness, meningitis, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), orchitis (swelling of the testicles), and oophoritis (swelling of the ovaries). Vaccines are available at many doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

Provisionally Desginated as Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospitals

Note: All UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation Telestroke sites and all Mercy Telestroke participating sites in Arkansas that have not yet received official ADH designation, but are capable of providing initial acute stroke care, have been provisionally designated as Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospitals (ArSRHs). The Arkansas Department of Health is in the process of completing the official designations for these hospitals.

Hospital County

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center


Baptist Health Medical Center - Conway


Bradley County Medical Center


John Ed Chambers Memorial Hospital


Izard County Medical Center


CrossRidge Community Hospital


Dardanelle Regional Medical Center


Delta Memorial Hospital


DeWitt Hospital


Eureka Springs Hospital


Fulton County Hospital


Great River Medical Center


Helena Regional Medical Center


Howard Memorial Hospital


Jefferson Regional Medical Center


Lawrence Memorial Hospital


Little River Memorial Hospital

Little River

Magnolia Regional Medical Center


McGehee Hospital


Mena Regional Medical Center


Mercy Hospital Berryville


North Arkansas Regional Medical Center


Piggott Community Hospital


Saline Memorial Hospital


Siloam Springs Regional Hospital


SMC Regional Medical Center


Stone County Medical Center


Unity Health-Harris Hospital


Unity Health-White County Medical Center


Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope


Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes called “female cutting” or “female circumcision”, is described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as comprising “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitals, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.

FGM is sometimes called "female circumcision." FGM is not the same as male circumcision. The practice has no health benefits and can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems. The reasons given for performing FGM encompass beliefs about health, women’s sexuality, and community and adulthood initiation rites.

FGM is against the law in the United States.

Downloads & Resources
Act 556
Fact Sheet
FGM and Cutting at the Intersections of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (video)
Best Practices for Providing Heath Services
Overview General (PowerPoint)
Overview Health Care Professionals (PowerPoint)

Bacti Test Results

Clicking on a letter in the block below will open a new browser window which will contain a listing of bacteriological sample results for public water systems whose names start with the number or letter indicated.  Samples are listed only if the results have been finalized, or if the sample was rejected.  Samples in process are not shown!

Only samples received by the Arkansas Department of Health Laboratory in the past 30 days are shown. 

Raw water samples are not shown.  Construction samples not submitted under the water system's ID number are also not shown.


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Medical Certifier Training


Coroner's Training Hospice RN's Training Physician's Training
Coroner's User Guide Hospice RN User Guide Physician's User Guide
Coroner's Assistant User Guide   Physician's Assistant User Guide
    Training Video: An Introduction to ERAVE
    Training Video: How to Enter a Death Certificate


Downloads & Resources
Drug Overdose Death Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions

Funeral Home Training


Resources & Training Videos
COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Homes
Funeral Home User Guide 
Frequently Asked Questions

ERAVE Online Training

Welcome to the ERAVE Online Death Registration Training webpage provided by the Arkansas Department of Health. The ERAVE system provides authorized users a secure online method for submitting and managing reports of vital events.

Click on a button below to access training material.


HIV Elimination Plan

According to the state Enhanced HIV/AIDS Reporting System, Arkansas had 291 new cases of HIV in 2017, ranking it 20th in the nation.

More than 61,000 HIV tests were administered, but overall, 15 percent of HIV-positive people still don’t know they have the disease, which translates to roughly 900 individuals. In addition, Arkansas is one of the seven states where incidence of HIV in rural areas is the highest.

With the CDC vowing to reduce new HIV infections by 90 percent within 10 years, Arkansas established the first HIV Elimination Workgroup in July 2018. The workgroup will convene representatives from the medical, public health, public policy, governmental, faith-based and grass roots communities to work toward achieving health equity and eliminating HIV in the state. It’s first priority is to develop an individualized plan for the state utilizing established relationships with policy stakeholders, consumers and providers.

Each agency will be tasked with identifying  barriers and gaps in resources within those areas of the state specifically served by their agencies. With your agency represented on the workgroup, Arkansas has the capability of being among one of the first states to eliminate new HIV infections.

For more information about how you can join the HIV Elimination Task Force, contact the Infectious Disease Branch at the Arkansas Department of Health at 501-661-2408 or email us.


Meeting Minutes:

Downloads & Resources
HIV Elimination Task Force Overview Flyer
HIV EtHE Letter to Arkansas Providers
HIV and Oral Health: An Update and Refocus (video)
HIV in Arkansas: Key Policy Issues (ACHI)
What HIV Elimination Means to Me

OSP Bid Request Form

Outline Agreement Form

Purchase Order Form

Purchase Requisition

Please select the Purchase Requisition type:

Selecting one of the following will take you to the appropriate form:

  1. Purchase Order
  2. Outline Agreement
  3. OSP Bid Request

Board of Acupuncture Related Techniques


The mission of the Arkansas Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques is to benefit, educate and protect the public through regulation of licensure; development of education standards; provision of consumer information and enforcement of the Arkansas Acupuncture Practice Act, A.C.A. 17-102-101 and, when applicable, A.C.A. §§25-15-208 to 213.


ASBART is committed to the health and safety of the people of Arkansas by ensuring:

  1. Excellence in training and education.
  2. Fair and ethical standards of professional conduct.


Board Members

Name Title Phone
W. Martin Eisele President 501-663-3461
Fax: 501-663-3217
Jana Brady, L.Ac. Vice President 479-301-2307
Hayden Henningsen Professional Member 479-358-7690
vacant  Professional Member  
vacant Public Member  
Dr. Michael Buffington Ex-Officio  


Board Minutes
All board meetings are open to the public.




Application for Licensure



Name Address Phone Email
Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture Related Techniques 11701 West 36th St.
Little Rock, AR 72211

Board of Hearing Instrument Dispensers

Mission Statement:

The Board's primary mission is to ensure the public is protected when purchasing hearing instruments. The duties and powers include promulgation of rules necessary to enforce and administer the laws governing hearing instrument dispensers, licensing of qualified persons who have passed the board examination, and the handling of complaints against licensed dispensers.


Board Members

Name Title Term End Date
Greg Smith Chairman 7.31.2021 (appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson)
Randy Fore Vice Chairman 7.31.2020
Mark Oyler Treasurer 7.31.2020
Dillard Martin Senior Board Member 7.31.2020
Vicki Howard Licensed Dispenser 7.31.2021
Stephanie Pratt Executive Director 7.31.2021


Board Meeting Dates:

Board Minutes:


Contact Information:

4815 W. Markham St., Slot 2
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 203-4032

ADH Transformation

This page is dedicated to providing information on State agency programs and their transformation as it pertains to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Downloads & Resources
ADH Contracts Report
ADH Fleet Mileage Report
ADH Leases Report
ADH Policy Report
Report on Shared Services

Vaping-Related Lung Illness Investigation

The Arkansas Department of Health is warning Arkansans who use an electronic smoking device, e-cigarette, or vape about the risk of a potential lung illness. Further investigation is ongoing to determine the possible cause of the illnesses. 

Current Cases as of March 5, 2020  
Confirmed 8*
Probable 15
Under Investigation 0
Total 23

* Due to a change in case definitions, some previously confirmed cases have been reclassified.

Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, and fatigue. A few patients also reported fever, nausea, and diarrhea. The symptoms may worsen over days and weeks. Of the confirmed cases, all patients had vaped in the weeks and months leading up their hospitalization. People who experience any type of chest pain or difficulty breathing after vaping should seek medical attention.

Clinicians who become aware of cases are encouraged to report them to ADH Outbreak Response at 501-537-8969.

Those interested in quitting tobacco and nicotine can call Be Well Arkansas at 833-283-WELL (9355). Wellness counselors help Arkansans quit tobacco through coaching and providing nicotine replacement therapy at no cost. The wellness counselors are available on weekdays Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downloads & Resources
ADH News: Vaping Associated Illness
Public Health Advisory: Vaping Associated Illness



Auto injectable epinephrine in schools and certain entities, and asthma inhalers in schools.

Act 1108 of 2015 authorizes schools and certain entities to acquire and stock auto injectable epinephrine.

Act 851 of 2019 authorizes schools to acquire and stock asthma inhalers.

A requirement of these laws is to obtain specific training for the administration of auto injectable epinephrine and asthma inhalers. The training requirements for auto injectable epinephrine may be via a physician office or an approved training program. Please contact the Arkansas Department of Education for guidance on school requirements specific to asthma inhaler training.

List of approved ephinephrine training programs:

The asthma inhaler training requirement for schools must be provided by an authorized health care professional.Below are the certificates:

Establishments administering auto injectable epinephrine are required to submit a report to ADH. Click here for the report form.

Submit report forms to Arkansas Department of Health:

Rules Pertaining to Public Access to Auto-Injectable Epinephrine

Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission


The Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission (AKDC) was established by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas through Act 450 of 1971 to establish a program for the care and treatment of persons suffering from chronic renal disease. The legislation charged the AKDC to “provide financial assistance for persons suffering from chronic renal disease who require life-saving care and treatment to the extent as determined by the Commission.


Financial Assistance for Prescription Medicine

If you suffer from chronic renal disease and need financial assistance for prescription medicines, we offer assistance. The client is required to utilize any available drug benefit before requesting the AKDC to provide prescription coverage as the program is identified as a payer of last resort.

The AKDC may pay up to three (3) of ESRD- related prescriptions per month. Medication paid for by the program must be consistent with the approved AKDC formulary. A client co-pay of $2.00 is required for each allowable medication. Program co-payment for immuno-suppressant drugs shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the Medicare allowable rate. Prior approval is required for Fosrenol, Renvela, and Sensipar.

Pharmacists Forms
Pharmacist Letter
AKDC Prescription Formulary
AKDC Prescription Drug Claim Form


Financial Assistance for Dental Services

The AKDC is a payer of last resort and can assist with co-payment. Please be aware that because of funding, the AKDC cannot provide payment for such dental services as exams, x-rays, dentures, partials, root canals, crowns, etc.

The AKDC may assist with some dental cost when a dental problem jeopardizes the health and treatment program outlined by the renal specialist. This assistance will be for those clients awaiting kidney transplantation. Payments for services rendered will require prior approval of such treatments and follow the established dental fee schedule.

Dentists Requirements
AKDC Dental Fee Schedule


Arkansas Dialysis Centers

Click here to find a list of dialysis units near you.


Kidney Facts and Information

Learn about kidney disease symptoms and risk factors

Anemia | Spanish
Depression | Spanish
The Dialysis Machine | Spanish
Exercise for Life | Spanish
Fluid and Dialysis | Spanish
Hemodialysis Adequacy | Spanish
How to Talk to Your Healthcare Team | Spanish
Rehabilitation | Spanish
Restless Legs Syndrome | Spanish
Skin and Hair Problems on Dialysis | Spanish
Traveling on Dialysis | Spanish
Vascular Access | Spanish


Additional Information and Resources


​Forms and Applications

AKDC Applications
AKDC Initial Referral Application
AKDC Annual Renewal Application
AKDC Application for Fosrenol or Renvela
AKDC Application for Prior-Approval of Sensipar Co-Payment
AKDC Forms
2013 AKDC Status Change Form
AKDC Blank Claim Form
Rx Assistance Programs


Board Members


Office Address Phone Fax
Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission Arkansas Department of Health
Slot #35
4815 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205


Hospital Reporting Form

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Project Prevent Youth Coalition


Downloads & Resources
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What is Project Prevent
Project Prevent website
My Reason To Write Poster
My Reason To Write Submission Form


Abortion Complications Reporting

ADH has developed an electronic submission system to track abortion complications required by Act 620 of the 2019 Regular Session of the Arkansas General Assembly subtitled, “To Require Additional Reporting Requirements By Certain Physicians and Healthcare Facilities For Abortion Complications”. 

The reporting requirements apply to:

Healthcare facilities are required to submit a report no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the date on which the abortion complication was diagnosed or treated. Physicians, who perform abortions at abortion facilities, are required to submit a report no later than the third (3rd) business day after the date on which the abortion complication was diagnosed or treated.

Signing up is a one-time process, therefore, when reporting the diagnosis or treatment of an abortion complication you need only to login and enter the patient’s information. After you login, please use “ADD NEW COMPLICATION REPORT” from the “Abortion Complication” drop down menu at the top of the screen to get started. You can add a new report, save a record to work on it later and view your submitted records.  Also, you can edit or change your user profile information. Every provider can only view the records they have entered.

To access the Abortions Complication Reporting system click HERE.

If you have questions about reporting, please contact the Health Statistics Branch by phone at (501) 661-2368.



What is Arthritis?

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. These numbers are only going to keep growing-unless we take a stand. Click here to learn more.

Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever.

Take charge of your arthritis with moderate physical activity.  More than 46 million Americans live with arthritis, and many of them are discovering that moderate exercise improves the way they feel. For more information, click here.

Promoting Physical Activity.

The Arkansas Arthritis Program is promoting the CDC’s public awareness campaign “Physical Activity: The Arthritis Pain Reliever." Click here for more information.

Benefits of Physical Activity:

Walk With Ease

The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program is a community-based physical activity and self-management education program. It can be done by individuals using the Walk with Ease workbook on their own, or by groups led by trained leaders. Both the individual and group formats are set up as a structured six-week program. While walking is the central activity, Walk with Ease also includes health education, stretching and strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. “Walk with Ease was specifically developed for adults with arthritis who want to be more physically active. The program is also appropriate for people without arthritis, particularly those with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions, who want to get more active. The only pre-requisite is the ability to be on your feet for at least 10 minutes without increased pain. Click here for more information.

Help your patients take charge.

 As a healthcare provider, you can:

  1. Assess the current physical activity levels of your patients through the use of physical activity vital signs (PAVS),
  2. Provide your patient with brief counseling and a physical activity prescription, and
  3. Refer to an evidence base program such as Walk With Ease.

The PAVS consists of two questions:

  1. How many days per week do you engage in moderate to strenuous exercise like a brisk walk?
  2. How many minutes do you engage in exercise at this level?


Resources & References

Office Information

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our office is closed on all published state holidays.

4815 W. Markham Street, Slot #6
Little Rock, AR 72205
Office: 501-661-2279

State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE)


The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’s only statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). SHARE is a product of the Office of Health Information Technology which is part of the Arkansas Department of Health. 

SHARE securely connects doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. It allows health care professionals to view a complete patient medical history so they can have the information they need to provide the best care possible.

SHARE security and privacy

SHARE complies with all federal and state privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Arkansas Personal Information Protection Act, which are designed to protect patient health information. These laws require that patient information be kept secure both while it is being emailed or sent through a computer, and while it is at the health care provider’s office. Using SHARE enhances the privacy and security of patient health records.

Only certified health care professionals are given access to patient records. It is a HIPAA violation if health care professionals view patient records for any reason other than treatment, payment and operational purposes.

How SHARE can benefit patients

SHARE connects all participating health care providers (doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics) so that when you get care from someone other than your usual doctor, they can view your health record, which includes your health information like allergies, medications, test results, and more. SHARE is also connected to 24 other HIEs throughout the country, which means if you receive care out of state your connected physician in Arkansas is alerted and is able to follow up with you.

Patient Information Flyer:

How SHARE can benefit health care professionals

SHARE brings together your patients’ health information from multiple sources to build a more complete patient medical record. SHARE assists health care professionals coordinate care and reduce mistakes, especially in emergencies. Many providers are still sharing health records through fax, email and postal mail, which is not always secure. The health information exchange with SHARE happens online, in real-time through a secure connection between your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and SHARE. SHARE is also currently connected to over 1,700 Arkansas hospitals, provider practices, behavioral health facilities long-term post-acute care facilities, dentists, pharmacies and many ancillary healthcare providers. This means that you can stay up to date on your patients’ health when they receive care from a different provider.

Name Address Phone Fax
State Health Alliance
for Records Exchange (SHARE)
1501 N. University Ave.
Suite 420
Little Rock, AR 72207
501-410-1999 501-978-3940

Parent Support

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs you will ever have.

Here are some tools to help you along the way.

CDC’s Milestone Tracker App

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. You can download a free app from the CDC called the Milestone Tracker App to track your child’s development. The app will help you watch for changes as your child grows so you can let your child’s doctor know if there are any problems.

Download it free today on iOSExternal and AndroidExternal devices in English and Spanish.




Find a Doctor

It is very important your baby has a doctor as soon as possible to monitor development while also preventing, managing, and healing illness. If you need help finding a doctor for your baby or yourself, you can:


If you are feeling stressed your child will feel the stress, too. It is important to take care of yourself to keep your baby healthy.


Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Your local health unit has WIC staff who can answer your questions and help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. Call for an appointment today. We want to support you during this exciting time. Your Local Health Unit and WIC Clinic can help you with questions about shots for your child and breastfeeding support.

Safe Sleep

For more safe sleep tips click here.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Midwifery Complaint Form

Arkansas Provisional Licensure Application

Arkansas Interpreter Licensure Application

Onsite Wastewater System Installers

To find waste water installers in Arkansas, click HERE for the complete roster.

Designated Representatives

To find a Designated Representative in your area, please click HERE for the complete roster. 

Bella Vista - Trafalgar Road Fire

The Arkansas Department of Health continues to work with partner state and federal agencies and the Bella Vista community regarding health concerns about the fire that has been burning at the 8000 block of Trafalgar Rd. in Bella Vista.

This is an ongoing fire. Health recommendations will likely change as the ADH continues to receive more information and data about the air around the site.

The ADH has reviewed data related to two different issues regarding the air quality around the site. First, ADH reviewed air data collected on chemicals. Chemicals cannot always be seen or smelled. Second, ADH reviewed air quality data collected on particulate matter (PM) that can be found in smoke.

For the May 21, 2019 review of air monitoring data click here.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has established a Community Information page for the Trafalgar Road fire. The webpage can be accessed by clicking here.

For the city of Bella Vista, regular updates on this fire can be found on the city's webpage.


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs)

National Guard 61st CST Data Collected: February 26-28, 2019

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has evaluated air monitoring data collected by the 61st Civil Support Team (CST) from the Arkansas National Guard at the Trafalgar Road fire in Bella Vista. This three-day data collection was to establish a baseline prior to beginning site remediation. Based on these data, the general public is not likely to be at risk of exposure to chemicals in the air from the Trafalgar Road fire. Residents near the Trafalgar Road fire should continue to limit outdoor activity during smoky conditions to reduce their exposure to smoke and particulate matter.

For the full statement with data summary tables, click here.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided air quality results collected from both on and around the site.

Samples from outside the boundaries of the site did not show high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), otherwise known as chemicals. Based on these samples, the general public does not appear to be at risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals in the air.

Samples collected within the boundaries of the site tested positive for benzene at elevated levels in the air. Benzene is a VOC and can cause health effects that are serious if a person is exposed to it either in high doses (a lot of it) or over a long amount of time. Because some people are exposed to this chemical through their jobs, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set exposure limits of 1000-parts per billion of benzene in workplace air (1000 ppb) for 8 hour shifts during 40-hour work weeks. 

The full press release from 11/30/18 can be found here.

The full health consultation letter provided to EPA can be found here.

New data received by the ADH from the EPA on December 19, 2018 do not change current ADH recommendations. To read the conclusions for the December 19th summary, click here.

New data received by the ADH form the EPA on February 28, 2019 do not change current ADH recommendations. To read the conclusions for the February 28th summary, click here.

Surface Water Samples

The ADH has conducted a review of surface water samples taken from the Trafalgar Road Fire site. These samples were collected by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) contractor, Ensafe.


Smoke and Particulate Matter (PM)

Particle pollution changes with weather conditions and over the course of a burn. The EPA provided air particulate matter (PM) monitoring in the ½ mile radius around the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road in Bella Vista. One of the readings reported to ADH on 12/12/18 showed that air quality for particle pollution was in the “Unhealthy” category. Even though air quality will likely change over time, this reading prompted the ADH to issue a Health Alert for the area around the fire. The other days of PM monitoring by EPA show levels decreased to “Moderate” or “Good.” Learn more about these categories here.

Based on the reading in the “Unhealthy” category, the ADH recommends that everyone who is near the 8000 block of Trafalgar Rd. should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. Examples of exertion are running, playing or yardwork. In particular, those who suffer from breathing issues or lung diseases [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)]; those with heart disease; pregnant women; infants and young children; teenagers; and older adults can be more sensitive to the particulate matter in the air. If you are experiencing symptoms like ­­cough, congestion, sore throat, headache, allergies, respiratory distress, chest tightness or wheezing, please see your doctor or health care provider.

You can find the full ADH Health Alert that was posted on 12/12/18 here.

At the request of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the January 24th review of the particulate matter air monitoring near the Trafalgar Road fire is available here.


Steps to take for your health when PM is high

The EPA has developed a guide to help people make informed decisions on outdoor activity related to all PM levels. The Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution can be found here.  Additionally, in the surrounding area, conditions change depending on weather and wind direction. Breathing in smoke may cause eye and respiratory tract (throat, chest and nose) discomfort and irritation.

Whenever it is possible, sensitive individuals should consider spending less time in the area when they can see smoke in the air. When smoke or strong odors are present, people in the area may protect themselves by taking the following actions:


For additional information contact the Environmental Epidemiology Program at: For assistance outside of normal business hours, call 501-661-2136 and someone will call you back.

For more information on this topic, please see Resources below.

Downloads & Resources
Statement on Bella Vista Air Monitoring Preliminary Findings
Frequently Asked Questions
Fact Sheets
Are Environmental Odors Toxic
Indoor Air Filtration
Protect Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash
Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke and Ash
Reduce Health Risks In Areas with Wildfire Smoke
Reduce Your Smoke Exposure
Respiratory Protection
Protecting Children from Smoke and Particulate Matter

Community Concerns

This section of the ADH website contains links to environmental and public safety topics that are of ongoing concern to Arkansas communities.

Disciplinary Actions

The Arkansas State Board of Health has authority to license and regulate the practice of lay midwifery in the State of Arkansas pursuant to the Licensed Lay Midwife Act, Ark. Code Ann. §17-85-107.

Based on this provision, the Board may suspend, revoke, deny or place on probation any license issued under the Licensed Lay Midwife Act for violations of the act or deviations from the Rules and Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Lay Midwifery in Arkansas.

Licensing Actions Imposed (2011-present):

Name License/Permit Date Action Taken Action Taken Document
Lindsey Foster Lay Midwife License #122008 09.01.2011 License Revoked ADH v. Foster
Teresa Fedosky Application for Lay Midwife Apprentice Permit 05.29.2013 Permit Denied Notice
Debra Disch Application for Lay Midwife License 01.28.2016 License Denied; Permanently barred without further review by the Arkansas State Board of Health; Fined $4,000.00 ADH v. Disch
Vanessa Giron Lay Midwife License #022006 01.28.2016 License Revoked ADH v. Giron


What is Brucellosis?

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease, which may affect various organs of the body. The bacteria that causes this disease is primarily passed among animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, deer, pigs, dogs, and several other animals. Humans become infected after having contact with animals that are infected with Brucellosis. In Arkansas, and the rest of the United States, swine-associated brucellosis in humans is predominantly associated with exposure to infected feral swine (i.e., wild boar or wild hogs).

Who gets Brucellosis?

People of all ages who are exposed to the bacteria that cause the disease can get Brucellosis. It is more likely to be found in people associated with livestock. Brucellosis is not common in the United States.

What are the symptoms of Brucellosis?

Brucellosis can cause a wide range of symptoms that are similar to the flu and may include fever, sweats, headaches, back pains, and physical weakness. Severe infections of the nervous system or lining of the heart may occur. Brucellosis can also cause long-lasting or chronic symptoms that include recurrent fevers, joint pain, and fatigue or tiredness.

How is Brucellosis spread?

Brucellosis is spread to humans in one of three ways: by eating or drinking something that is contaminated with the germ that causes Brucellosis; by breathing the organism in, or by having the germ enter the body through an open wound.  Generally, the most How is Brucellosis Spreadcommon way to become infected is by eating or drinking contaminated milk products. In Arkansas, people are infected most commonly by contact with blood, fluid or tissue while field dressing or butchering an infected feral hog.  People can also get brucellosis by eating undercooked meat from an infected hog.  Direct person-to-person spread is extremely rare.

How soon do symptoms appear?

The time period is highly variable, but the symptoms usually occur within five to sixty days after exposure.

Is a person with Brucellosis contagious?

Person-to-person spread is extremely rare. However, it has been reportedly spread through an infected mother’s breast milk to her infant and through sexual relations. Therefore, infected mothers should avoid breast-feeding their infants. Safe sex practices (the use of condoms) should always be practiced.

How is Brucellosis treated?

Brucellosis treatment may be difficult. Doctors may prescribe several effective antibiotics.

How common is Brucellosis in Arkansas?

Brucellosis infection is rare in Arkansas with only one or two cases per year.  One case was reported in 2017.  In 2016, three cases were reported. 

How can Brucellosis be prevented?

Drinking and eating pasteurized products only can prevent Brucellosis. If you are not sure if the product has been pasteurized, then don’t eat or drink it. Hunters and herdsmen should use rubber gloves when handling dead animals. There currently is no vaccine for Brucellosis


Be Well Arkansas

Visit the new BE WELL ARKANSAS website here.

Arkansas Heart Attack Registry Participating Hospitals

Participating Hospitals County
Arkansas Heart Hospital Pulaski
Baptist - Fort Smith Sebastian
Baptist Health Medical Center - Conway Faulkner
Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock Pulaski
Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock Pulaski
Baxter Regional Medical Center Baxter
CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Garland
CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Pulaski
CHI St. Vincent North Pulaski
CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System Bowie (TX)
Conway Regional Medical Center Faulkner
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Jefferson
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith Sebastian
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas Benton
Methodist University Hospital Shelby
National Park Medical Center Garland
NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Craighead
Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville Benton
Northwest Medical Center-Springdale Washington/Benton
Saline Memorial Hospital Saline
St. Bernard's Medical Center Craighead
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center Pope
Unity Health - White County Medical Center White
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pulaski
Wadley Regional Medical Center Bowie (TX)
Washington Regional Medical Center Washington
White River Medical Center Independence


POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.

High quality and personalized end of life care continues to be a significant challenge in America. The current standard of care during an emergency is for emergency medical services (EMS) to attempt everything possible to attempt to save a life, however, not everyone wants every available treatment. Having a discussion with a physician, and completing a POLST form is one way to ensure that an individual's preferences are respected, recorded, and followed.

Downloads & Resources
POLST Form and Directions
POLST Fact Sheet
POLST: Arkansas Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (webinar)
POLST: Doing It Better (YouTube)
Understanding POLST (YouTube)

Contact us by email.

Office of the Chief Science Officer

The mission of the Office of the Chief Science Officer (CSO) is to promote scientific excellence in all programmatic, educational, and public health research activities of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The office of the CSO works with the Department’s scientists, epidemiologists, and external researchers to promote professional development and to further scientific analyses and investigations of various sources of data.

The office of the CSO is comprised of:

Namvar Zohoori, MD, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Austin Porter, DrPH, MPH
Deputy Chief Science Officer

Additionally, the office is responsible for overseeing the units of Performance Management, Quality Improvement, and Evaluation. The Performance Management unit assists with the agency’s strategic plan management, maintenance of the performance dashboard, and maintains the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) compliance and documentation. The Quality Improvement unit works to develop a culture of continuous quality improvement (QI) within the agency by conducting QI training and overseeing QI projects. The Evaluation Support unit (under development) provides support and consultation for program evaluation and works to incorporate evaluation into funding proposals.

Objectives of the Office of the Chief Science Officer include:

  1. Ensuring long-term scientific investments at ADH;
  2. Upholding scientific ideals, and creating an environment of scientific excellence and innovation;
  3. Providing coordination for ADH public health research activities;
  4. Encouraging and promoting collaborative scientific and educational activities with institutions of higher learning;
  5. Maintaining the integrity of the agency’s scientists by supporting training and information exchange, and providing direction on matters of scientific integrity;
  6. Assuring the protection of human subjects in public health research activities that use ADH databases and information;
  7. Managing the confidentiality functions of ADH for sensitive research data;
  8. Promoting institutional performance through a goal-oriented and data-driven management system;
  9. Maintaining an atmosphere of continuous quality improvement;
  10. Supporting program evaluation activities to optimize program delivery;
  11. Facilitating and maintaining compliance with, and adherence to, the ADH Misconduct Policy, with HIPAA requirements, and with the terms of the Federal Wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Below are materials that contain information about the purpose and objectives of the Office of the Chief Science Officer. Additionally, information about accessing data for research and public use purposes is provided. Agency-specific interactive reports on quality and performance improvement metrics are tracked using our dashboard tool. 


Arkansas Department of Health Data Request Process
1. Prepare study protocol Requestors should work with program staff to confirm availability and reliability of variables needed for the project
2. Obtain IRB approval Institutional IRB approval or waiver must be obtained prior to completing the data request form
3. Complete data request form The online data request form provides the agency with background, purpose, variables requested, and other information for consideration
4. Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Review The SAC meets every 2nd and 4th Friday at 2pm to review data requests. The SAC may approve, ask for modifications, or deny data requests
5. Data Use Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding Fulfillment of data requests are initiated after the Data Use Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding are signed by agency staff and requestors

Medical and Dental Professionals

The ADH has developed a number of new statewide dental initiatives through various partnerships. Read our latest Arkansas Oral Health Surveillance Plan, which outlines our initiatives to promote oral health in Arkansas. A few are highlighted below.

Interprofessional Care 

Many Arkansans have limited access to routine preventive care, which can lead to untreated decay. In 2011, Arkansas passed important legislation to combat this issue, Act 89 and Act 90.

Act 89: Dental Hygiene Collaborative Care

Arkansas has a total of 75 counties, 54 of which are rural. Sixty percent of the state’s dentists practice in just eight of the state’s 75 counties, although these eight counties have only 40 percent of the state’s population. Nineteen Arkansas counties are designated whole or in part Dental Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSA). Five counties have no dentists at all.

Arkansas Dental Health Professional Shortage Area Map

Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
















Key Points:

Making It Happen

Those hygienists wishing to practice Dental Hygiene Collaborative Care in conjunction with their consulting dentist must apply for permits from both the ADH’s Office of Oral Health and the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners.


Act 90: Fluoride Varnish Provider Expansion

Despite advancements in water fluoridation, patient education and the dental workforce, an increase in childhood tooth decay still exists. In response, the United States Preventive Services Task Force proposed the application of fluoride varnish by medical providers. In 2011, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 90 allowing Arkansas physicians, nurses, and other licensed health care professionals in addition to dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants to apply and get reimbursed for fluoride varnish. Medical providers can serve as the first line of defense against cavities since they tend to see children more often and sooner than dentists. Here’s a video on how fluoride varnish is applied at a well-child visit.


Paint A Smile

The Office of Oral Health has developed a program called Paint A Smile to introduce fluoride varnishes to medical personnel in Arkansas. This is an ideal time for medical personnel to perform oral risk assessments, apply fluoride varnish, and encourage the caregivers to connect with a dental home for routine dental care.

paint a smileThe program goals are to:

Fluoride Varnish Training

To start applying fluoride varnish in your office please contact us HERE to schedule a free, on-site training with one of our knowledgeable Smile Ambassadors. This training will provide your office with:

You can also become certified to apply fluoride varnish through Arkansas Train, an online training network. Please review these instructions and go to to complete the required course.

Choose Safe Places for Early Childhood Care and Education

Did you know that children are usually more sensitive than adults to toxic chemicals? Toxic chemicals like lead, air pollution, and industrial solvents can all have lifelong impacts on a young child. There are three ways that children typically come into contact with dangerous chemicals:

  1. Breathing the chemical in the air.
  2. Eating or drinking the chemical.
  3. Getting the chemical on the skin or in the eyes.

Since many young children spend time in child care, it’s important that child care facilities consider whether toxic chemicals are present on their property. The Arkansas Department of Health’s Choose Safe Places program helps child care facilities assess their properties for toxic chemicals.


Where can toxic chemicals come from?

Toxic chemicals can end up in a child care facility in several different ways.

  1. Previous uses of the property
    • ​​If the property was used before by a factory, dry cleaner, warehouse, or other industry, there might be toxic chemicals left behind. Even cigarette smoking can leave behind a layer of chemicals in the building.
  2. Nearby businesses, highways, and railroads
    • ​​In an accident, toxic chemicals can spill from trucks or railcars. Nearby businesses, especially those in the same building, could be using chemicals at a level that is okay for adults but dangerous for children.
  3. Construction materials
    • ​​Before 1978, building materials that had lead and asbestos were widely sold in the United States. These harmful chemicals can still remain in older buildings.
  4. Naturally occurring sources
    • ​​Some chemicals, like arsenic and radon, are naturally occurring in certain deposits underground.


What can I do to protect young children in child care?

If you’re concerned about potential toxic chemical exposure in a child care facility, contact us for expert help. We can help child care facilities, both new and existing, review their properties for the potential presence of toxic chemicals. We provide expertise and knowledge, though we cannot test samples or do remediation. Tell us more about your concerns by contacting us using the online reporting form


How Asthma-Friendly is Your Child Care Setting
Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care
For more information, contact the Lead-Based Paint Program


Other Resources

EMS Assessment

The following are assessments for Emergency Medical Services:

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

What is CWD?

CWD is a central nervous system disease caused by prions (infectious proteins) that affects North American cervids (mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and moose). Prion proteins are found in the brains of normal healthy animals. Researchers believe prion disease is caused by misfolding of normal prion proteins, which leads to brain damage.

CWD is similar to “mad cow disease” in cattle, scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. It is fatal to animals and there is no vaccine available. The protein that can cause CWD can pass directly from animal to animal and indirectly through the environment. Prions are found in saliva, feces, urine, blood, and decaying carcasses. Once in the environment, CWD prions may remain infectious for many years. Decaying infected carcasses and infected "gut piles" from hunters who field dress their deer where it is harvested have the potential to infect other animals if left in the field. 


Is CWD dangerous to humans?

As a precaution, the CDC and Arkansas Department of Health recommend that people and other animals do not eat deer or elk that appear to have CWD. If the protein that can cause CWD could spread to people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports it would most likely be through eating infected deer and elk and it might cause a human illness similar to CWD, such as CJD. However, there is no strong evidence of that happening in people and it is not known if people can get infected. Hunters must consider the level of risk they are willing to accept when deciding whether to eat meat from deer or elk from areas with CWD, and they should check state wildlife and public health guidance to see whether testing of animals is recommended or required in a given region.


Should I take precautions even if an animal has no evidence of CWD?

It can take a long time for animals exposed to CWD to show symptoms. Animals may appear normal for an extended period of time even though they are infected, and even normal-looking animals harvested in a CWD zone should be tested. While prions may be present in a variety of tissues and body fluids, including blood and muscle, they are most common in the brain, eyes, spinal cord, lymph nodes, tonsils and spleen. Hunters should wear gloves and debone harvested mammals in the field, and take extra precautions when handling organs where prions are most likely to be. If you wish to have your animal tested for CWD, contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) for information regarding appropriate procedures and submission locations.


Simple Precautions Advised for Hunters

Public health officials advise hunters not to consume meat from animals believed or known to be infected with CWD or any other disease. Since it’s not always apparent that a deer may be carrying a disease, hunters should take simple precautions.


Precautions That Hunters Should Always Follow:


Disposal of Carcasses

Little is known about whether infected mammal parts pose a risk to the environment; researchers have discovered that prions readily attach to various elements in the soil and remain infectious for many years. Therefore, it is recommended that bones and other parts of the carcass of an animal suspected or known to have CWD be double bagged in strong garbage bags and disposed of at a lined landfill with an approved dead animal disposal area. AGFC also recommends, whenever possible, carcasses should remain near where the deer was harvested, preferably buried two feet deep or deep enough to prevent scavengers from digging up the remains.


Additional resources

Additional information is available through the:

* For more information regarding infectious diseases that can spread from animals to humans, please contact Zoonotic Disease here.

Office Address Phone Fax
Zoonotic Disease

4815 W. Markham St., Slot 42
Little Rock, AR 72205

501-280-4136 501-280-4431

Midwife, Licensed Lay

HAI & Antimicrobial Stewardship Trainings

Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections people get while they are receiving health care for another condition. HAIs can happen in any health care facility, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities, and long-term care facilities. HAIs can be caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or other, less common pathogens.

HAIs are a significant cause of illness and death — and they can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical consequences. At any given time, about 1 in 25 inpatients have an infection related to hospital care. These infections lead to the loss of tens of thousands of lives and cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year.

Antimicrobial stewardship works in tandem with HAI prevention as it promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials, improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance, and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

Arkansas Department of Health has partnered with health care professionals and experts in the field to bring a variety of topics to further the goal of HAI prevention. The attached list of webinars that are an hour or less in length provide a total of 20 free CE credits for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and others.

The list of online antimicrobial stewardship education with free CE credit is on the grid below. 

NOTE:  When you click on the link for a webinar, you will be directed to login or to register in order to create an account. 

Date Presenter Title and Link to Course CE/CME
Updated and released April 16, 2018 Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford Antimicrobial Stewardship Online Course 1.75 total (three separate presentations)
February 16, 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship: Section 1 8 hours if all four modules completed (2 CME each)
Fall 2017 University of Dundee and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Antibiotic Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance Duration 6 weeks - 3 hours per week
November 15, 2017

Rober Bradsher, MD
Corey Lance, PharmD

Ready, Set, Go! Actions in Antimicrobial Stewardship 1 hour
June 23, 2014

Dr. Eric Strong
Stanford School of Medicine

Antibiotics Review Free - no CME


List of Webinars (up to 20 free CE credits)


Adoption File Requests

Act 519 of 2017 provides individuals who were adopted, and are at least 21 years of age, the ability to request their adoption file from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). An ADH adoption file usually includes an original birth certificate and adoption decree, although what is included in a file can vary depending on the adoption. The law also allows for birth parents to redact their name from an adoption file and update family history and contact preference by submitting that information to ADH.


Information for Birth Parents

Birth parents may complete forms to redact their name from an adoption file as well as update their family history information and contact preference. They can request to be contacted by the adopted child directly, through a third party or not at all, although the ADH cannot guarantee that request will be followed.

To submit a request, a birth parent must show proof of their identity, submit a notarized form and update their genetic or social history. A form cannot be submitted by one birth parent for another.

These forms are now available for birth parents who wish to redact their name from an adoption file, or update their contact or medical information.

Forms must be returned to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Vital Records Department
State Registrar
4815 West Markham St., Slot 44
Little Rock AR 72205.

Form A - Contact Preference
Form B - Family History
Form C - Redaction Request
Birth Parent Pack Instructions

Information for Adoptees

Beginning August 1, 2018, individuals who were adopted may request their adoption file. Written requests for adoption files will be accepted starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, by adoptees or, upon their death, a surviving spouse or a guardian of their child. That request must be notarized and include proof of their identity. There is a $100 fee for adoption files.

Request for an Adopted Person's Original Birth Record - Instructions
Request for an Adopted Person's Original Birth Record

Hepatitis A

The ADH is responding to an outbreak in Northeast Arkansas. Since February 2018, 482 cases have been reported as part of this outbreak. To learn more about this outbreak and guidance issued by ADH, you can find the press releases here.

Hep A Situational Awareness Map

*Cell counts less than 5 are redacted to ensure confidentiality.

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).


How is hepatitis A spread?

It is transmitted person-to-person when a person ingests tiny amounts of fecal matter from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person. It can also be spread from close personal contact with an infected person, for example, through sex or caring for someone who is ill.

Food contamination by hepatitis A can happen at any point – growing, harvesting, processing, handling or even after cooking. However, the CDC states food or water contamination is more likely to occur in countries where hepatitis A is more common and in areas where there are poor sanitary conditions or poor personal hygiene. In the United States, chlorination of water kills HAV that enters the water supply, and the Food and Drug Administration routinely monitors natural bodies of water used for recreation.


How great is the risk for hepatitis A?

In 2016, the CDC reported there were an estimated 4,000 hepatitis A cases in the United States. The number of cases has declined by more than 95 percent since the Hepatitis A vaccine became available in 1995.

While anyone can get hepatitis A, in the United States, the CDC cautions the follow groups of people are at a higher risk:


What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

If you have hepatitis A, you may have:

Older children and adults typically have symptoms that can appear to develop abruptly. Most children younger than age 6 do not have symptoms and, when symptoms are presents, young children typically do not have jaundice.

Symptoms may appear within two to seven weeks, although typically symptoms start to show four weeks after exposure. Symptoms usually last less than two months, but about 10 to 15 percent of people can have symptoms last as long as six months.

An infected person can pass the virus to others up to two weeks before symptoms appear.


What steps can you take to prevent hepatitis A?

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is by practicing good hand hygiene – including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers and before preparing or eating food – and through vaccination.

The hepatitis A vaccine is safe, effective and given as two shots, six months apart. Both shots are needed for long-term protection. It can be given to people with compromised immune systems, and getting extra doses of the vaccine is not harmful.

The hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for school children. As of 2014, one dose of the vaccine is required for entry into kindergarten and first grade. Most adults are likely not vaccinated, unless they received vaccinations prior to traveling internationally.

The vaccine will only protect you against hepatitis A. There is a separate vaccine available for hepatitis B, although there is a combination hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine that can be given to anyone age 18 or older. This combination vaccine is given as three shots over six months. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C at this time.


What should you do if you suspect exposure to hepatitis A?

People who believe they have been exposed to hepatitis A should contact a health professional or their local health unit if they have never been vaccinated against hepatitis A or are unsure of their vaccination status. A blood test is available for hepatitis A screening.

Even after exposure, a person can effectively prevent getting hepatitis A if he or she receives the hepatitis A vaccine or an immune globulin injection, which contains antibodies to hepatitis A, within two weeks of exposure. If illness does occur, it will usually be milder after receiving immune globulin.


What if you have hepatitis A?

There are no specific treatments once a person gets hepatitis A. Doctors usually recommend rest, adequate nutrition and fluids to treat symptoms, although some people will need additional medical care at a hospital.

The disease can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although rare, hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death in some people. This is more common in people who are at least 50 years old and in people with other liver diseases.

Once you recover from hepatitis A, you develop antibodies that protect you from the virus for life.


Hepatitis A Poster/Flyer: English | Spanish
CDC Hepatitis A Fact Sheet
CDC Hepatitis A Information
CDC Patient Education Resources

County Health Fact Sheets

Making Your County Healthier

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is a centralized public health system with four main Centers and the Public Health Laboratory that work with 94 local health units to provide clinical preventive services, administer public health programs, and issue licenses and certifcates. Everything at ADH is done because we believe that communities can be healthier and safer, and people can live longer. Below are fact sheets for every county in Arkansas.

Hot Spring
Little River
St. Francis
Van Buren

Cosmetology & Massage Therapy Complaint Form

Vital Records Support

Thank you for using our online system for ordering your birth, death, marriage or divorce certificate. ADH plans to gradually roll out vital records services in all local health units. As additional counties roll out services, we will provide updates. Click here to check your Local Public Health Unit.

Below are some common questions about online orders.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Please allow 7-14 business days from the date your order is approved plus additional shipping time. This time is not guaranteed and may be longer or shorter based upon the number of requests received.

How can I check the status of my order?

You will receive an email each time the status of your order changes, and a final notice when it has been mailed to you.

You can also check the status of your order at any time by going to and entering your confirmation number.

Help! I didn’t receive my order details in my email.

Please complete the form below, and give us the date and time of your order.

What do I do if I need to cancel my order?

Please complete the form below and provide your order number. Orders can be refunded as long as they have not begun processing.

I have a different question.


Fill out my online form.

Notice to Water Operatior

Lead and Copper Rule

Please take a moment to read the “Instructions for Sampling” and look over the Lead and Copper Rule “Sample Collection Report”.

You will notice that the Lead and Copper Rule “Sample Collection Report” is 7 pages long with 15 site numbers per page. The number of pages you use will depend on the size of your system. The pages have sample sites numbered in sequence from YL001 to YL105. 

Make a copy of the “Instructions for Sampling” for each customer who will collect a sample.  For example, if you need to collect 10 samples, you will need 10 copies of the Instruction form.

The customer should read the instructions carefully. Write down the date and time he or she last used the water tap and the date and time they collected the water sample. The elapsed time between the two events must be at least 6 hours. The water must remain motionless in the pipes for at least 6 hours.

Please take the information the customer provided on the “Instructions for Sampling” form and transfer this information onto the Sample Collection Report. 

The Certification Form and the Sample Collection Report must accompany your samples. If any of the forms are missing, the samples will not be processed. It is best to place both forms in a water proof container, such as a freezer bag!

Failure to complete the Sample Collection Report and/or the Certification Form correctly may result in a delay of your samples being processed.  A delay may cause your samples to expire and necessitate re-sampling.

When submitting samples, your PWS identification number must precede the individual site number. All sample bottles must be labeled properly.  Sample bottles that are not labeled will be disposed of.  As such, you will be required to collect additional samples.

Samples must be collected from an indoor tap typically used for consumption. Usually the kitchen or bathroom sinks. Collect the sample from the cold water tap. Do not collect the sample from the hot water tap. Collect the samples from the primary sites using your Lead and Copper Sampling Site Plan.

Use the boxes supplied to you by the Arkansas Department of Health for sample shipment. The boxes are labeled to ensure your samples are routed to the correct analytical laboratory when received by the Public Health Laboratory.

Check with your local County Health Unit to determine how they will ship your samples. If they plan to ship your samples by UPS, Fed Ex or the United States Postal Service, you will find it wise to tape the lids and add packing material to the box. Otherwise your samples may be damaged or destroyed while in transit! If the County Health Unit uses the State Courier Service you will not need to tape the lids or add packing material.

Irregardless of the shipment method it will be necessary to place a shipment label on each box. Please use the labels which accompanied your bottles.



The Public Health Laboratory is no longer located in the same building as the ADH Engineering Section. As such, water samples for Lead and Copper analysis will no longer be received at the Engineering Section or the ADH main entrance at 4815 West Markham. If you send or deliver your samples to this location they will be returned to you or disposed of. We recommend that water samples for lead and copper analysis be sent through your Local County Health Unit for all systems that are located outside of Pulaski County.

For water systems within Pulaski County or for systems who wish to deliver their water samples to Little Rock there have been some changes. All water samples for lead and copper analysis must be shipped or delivered to the new Public Health Laboratory at 201 South Monroe. Samples must be taken to the receiving dock at the back of the building. Please take your samples inside and notify one of the workers that you are delivering water samples for lead and copper analysis. Do not take your samples to the front of the building. The receptionist at the front entrance will not accept the samples. As well, access to all other areas of the building is restricted to those individuals who possess the proper security badge.

Ship your samples through your local Health Unit to:                                                      

                                               Arkansas Department of Health
                                               Public Health Laboratory
                                               Slot 47
                                               201 South Monroe
                                               Little Rock, AR 72205

                                               Attention: Inorganic Laboratory
                                               Water samples for Lead and Copper analysis

If you have any questions concerning sample collection, the sampling forms, sample shipment or if you require a copy of your sampling site plan, please call me at (501) 661-2539, leave a message at 501-661-2623 or e-mail me at

Helpful Definitions for Community Water Systems

Lead and Copper Rule

LEAD SERVICE LINE: A service line made of lead which connects the water main to the building inlet and/or any lead pigtail, gooseneck, or other fitting which is connected to the service line.

MATERIALS SURVEY: Refers to a system’s initial evaluation of materials that are contained in its pipes and distribution system in order to identify sites with a high risk of lead occurrence.

REPRESENTATIVE SITE: A sampling site that is connected by plumbing materials that are similar to materials used at other sites in the water system.

SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCES: A building constructed to allow occupancy of a single family. Apartment complexes and duplexes are not considered single family residences.

SOLDER:  A metallic compound used to seal joints in plumbing.  Until the lead ban took effect (approx. 1986) most solder contained about 50 percent lead.

TIER 1 SITE: A single family residence that contains lead pipes, or copper pipes with lead solder installed after 1982, or is served by a lead service line.

TIER 2 SITE: A building or multi-family residence (duplex or apartment) that contains lead pipes, or copper pipes with lead solder installed after 1982, or is served by a lead service line.

TIER 3 SITE: A single-family residence that contains copper pipes with lead solder installed before 1983.

TIER 4: Refers to those residences or buildings that do not fit into any of the above categories. These are typically homes with copper pipe without lead solder, PVC or galvanized steel plumbing.

****NOTE: If you do not have enough Tier 1, 2, or 3 sites, you must use representative sites to meet minimum sampling requirements. A site is representative if its plumbing is similar to that of other sites in your system.



Data from Animals & Insects




Tick Related Illness 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Anaplasmosis 8 8 7 15 16 14 6 8 4
Babesiosis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
Bourbon Virus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ehrlichiosis 53 84 165 237 193 204 207 173 235
Heartland Virus 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
Lyme disease 0 0 0 0 1 7 7 4 4
Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis 558 835 488 826 891 821 1,216 1,065 1,029
Tularemia 39 26 41 43 24 24 32 56 71
Year Total 658 953 701 1,121 1,125 1,080 1,470 1,309 1,351


Mosquito Related Illness - Locally Acquired 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Eastern equine Encephalitis (EEE) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Nile virus (WNV) 1 64 18 11 18 9 18 8 9
Year Total 4 64 19 11 18 9 18 8 9


Travel Associated 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Malaria 6 4 2 7 9 6 5 2 0
Chikungunya Virus 0 0 0 7 4 1 0 0 0
Dengue 0 1 2 4 1 3 0 2 2
Zika 0 0 0 0 3 16 2 0 0
Year Total 6 5 4 18 17 26 7 4 2


Other Zoonotic Related Illness 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Animal Rabies 60 131 152 151 73 23 42 31 24
Blastomycosis 6 9 9 6 22 8 12 12 23
Brucellosis 3 1 3 0 1 3 1 2 4
Chagas Disease 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2
Histoplasmosis 66 51 56 67 60 71 161 85 67
Q-Fever 5 1 3 5 3 5 3 3 2
Toxoplasmosis 1 1 4 9 2 11 12 14 15

*Cases are defined as lab reports submitted to ADH that has either a Confirmed or Probable case Status, in the Arkansas Department of Health's NEDSS Based System (NBS). The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is an active participant in the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NEDSS is a system to improve the public health monitoring of diseases.


For Health Care Professionals: Case Definition

The Arkansas Department of Health utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) case definitions for reporting and surveillance purposes for all tick and mosquito related diseases (including Lyme). 

Surveillance case definitions are not intended to be used by healthcare providers for making a clinical diagnosis or determining how to meet an individual patient’s health needs.

Current case definitions for all diseases can be found on the CDC website.


Points for Patients

The Arkansas Department of Health is not responsible for diagnosing and testing for tickborne and most mosquito related diseases. ADH is mainly responsible for reporting laboratory and health care professional confirmed cases for surveillance purposes. It is important to recognize cases of disease when they occur, so ADH examines every disease related lab result of tick and mosquito related illness that is reported. Ticks and mosquitoes can be found throughout Arkansas. To avoid all tickborne and mosquito related illnesses, you can take these measures to prevent insect bites - click here.

Alpha-Gal (Allergy)

Galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose, or Alpha-Gal for short, is a delayed allergy to mammal meat affecting a growing number of the population. This allergy is initially caused by a tick bite. Since the reaction to eating mammal meat is delayed by several hours, the proper diagnosis is often missed or misdiagnosed. People who are afflicted with the Alpha-Gal allergy have to be constantly vigilant about the ingredients they consume, because an allergic reaction can be severe and life-threatening.

Delayed allergic reactions to red meat have been shown to be caused by several tick species worldwide (e.g. Ixodes ricinus in Europe and Ixodes holocyclus in Australia), with evidence suggesting that the Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) is the primary cause of reactions in the U.S. Lone Star ticks carry a sugar called alpha-gal, which is also found in red meat, but not in people. Normally, alpha-gal in meat poses no problems for people. But when a Lone Star tick bites a person, it transfers alpha-gal into the bloodstream. As a result, the person's body produces antibodies to fight the sugar. The next time that person eats meat from a mammal (including beef, pork, lamb, venison, goat and bison) the meat triggers the release of histamine, a compound found in the body that causes allergic symptoms like hives, itching and even anaphylaxis (a reaction that leads to sudden weakness, swelling of the throat, lips and tongue, difficult breathing and/or unconsciousness).  Fish, turkey and chicken are not mammals, so they don’t have alpha-gal.

Most allergic reactions to foods occur almost immediately, but red meat allergic reactions can occur up to eight hours after a person eats meat. Often the reaction can be in the middle of the night and the connection to something they ate hours ago isn’t made easily.

The allergy most often occurs in the central and southern United States, which corresponds to the distribution of the Lone Star tick. In the Southern United States, where the tick is most prevalent, allergy rates are 32% higher than elsewhere. However, as doctors are not required to report the number of patients suffering the alpha-gal allergies, the true number of affected individuals is unknown.


Downloads & Resources
Citizens Petition
Statewide Emergency Medical Service Response to Alpha-Gal
Delayed Allergic Reactions to Mammalian Meat Induced by Tick Bites: A brief history of “Alpha-Gal allergy”
Resolution to Amend the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act to Include Mammalian Products

Drinking Water Information for Arkansas

Clicking on a letter in the block below will open a new browser window which will contain a list of community public water systems whose names start with that letter.  Information for each water system includes:
Contact Name Public Water System ID number
Mailing Address Retail Population Served
Phone Number Source Type(s)
Email Address (when available) A link to obtain more detailed information about this particular system.
Web Site Address (when available)
Also provided is a list of sources for this system and the status of its source water protection documents.

The Excel files available for downloading contain similar information, and those files can be obtained by clicking on the appropriate button.

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Download Non-Community  System Data
Download Bacteriological
Contact List

Health Professionals Statistics

The Health Professions Manpower Assessment, maintained by the Health Statistics Branch of the Arkansas Department of Health, is the primary source of data on Arkansas’s healthcare workforce. Data is collected on an annual basis from professional licensing boards (PLB). PLB’s collect and provide our branch with information on their members including date of birth, address, and licensing specialties. This data is used to gather information on health profession shortages and medically underserved areas.

Health Professionals ManPower Statistics
2018201720162015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

Submitting Data for Public Health Meaningful Use

The Arkansas Department of Health currently accepts electronic submissions of Health Level Seven (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) cancer data messages from Eligible Professionals (EP). EPs interested in submitting cancer data for the Meaningful Use objective must work through the On-Boarding Process.

Meaningful Use logo

The Meaningful Use public health option allows Eligible Professionals (EP) to electronically submit data on cancer using Health Language Seven (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA).




Cancer Attestation Process
Meaningful Use Cancer On-Boarding Instructions

Reporting cancer data is one way in which facilities and providers can meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Visit the Meaningful Use website for details on other ways to meet the requirements.

Office Address Phone Fax
Cancer Registry 4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 7
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2463 501-661-2891
Cancer Coordinator 4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 7
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2463 501-661-2891

Hospital Discharge Data System

The Arkansas Department of Health’s Hospital Discharge Data System is one of the most important tools for addressing a broad range of health policy issues.  Act 670 of 1995, A.C.A. 20-7-201 et seq., requires all hospitals licensed in the state of Arkansas to report information as prescribed by the State Board of Health.  “All hospitals” include general medical surgical (GMS) hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), long-term acute care hospitals (LTAC), psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals.  The Act also specifically prohibits the release of any information from the collected data that identifies, or could be used to identify, any individual patient, provider, institution or health plan.

Since 1996, ADH’s Hospital Discharge Data System has increased its capacity and functionality to include practically all discharges. This includes 2000-2015 inpatient discharges- with a stay of more than one day; as well as 2013-2015 emergency department discharges. 2012 was the preliminary year for emergency department data.

The Hospital Discharge Data Team works diligently to process data of good quality and accuracy. This is achieved by editing and processing data from all hospitals and producing an annual dataset. Hospital personnel and researchers can request inpatient and/or emergency department data, and utilize it towards research and/or policy initiatives. Arkansas de-identified datasets are also shared with the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) through a Federal-State-Industry partnership sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the US.

Arkansas hospital discharge data can be requested through HCUP at You can also access this data by clicking the Arkansas Center for Health Statistics Query System link; or by completing the HDDS IP/ED Discharge Data Request for Information forms below. After completing and submitting a request, the HDDS team reviews and responds to each inquiry within an allotted timeframe. Charges may also apply. 


Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data Annual Report 2014
HDDS IP Discharge Data Request for Information Form 2017
HDDS ED Discharge Data Request for Information Form 2017

Arkansas Hospital Discharge Data Submittal Guides and Memos

Memos: 2014 Data Submittal Guide Coding Updates | 2014 Data Submittal Guides Corrections | 2014 Data Submittal Guides Effective Date Delayed  | 2014 Data Guide Correction Memo II

Submittal Guides:  Inpatient Database: 2014  |  Emergency Department Patient Database: 2014

Emergency Communication Center - 24/7

The 24/7 Emergency Communication Center serves as a 24 hours a day/7 days a week triage and communication system that routes a wide variety of urgent calls to the appropriate staff personnel. Urgent and emergency calls include but are not limited to illness, oil spills, chemical releases, train derailments, communicable disease outbreaks, single cases of strange or unfamiliar diseases, public water failures, flooding, etc.

ADH physicians, laboratories, epidemiologists, and public health veterinary staff, and other appropriate personnel are available 24 /7 to respond to urgent reports of illness or events of public health concern. The phone number below reaches the ADH Emergency Communication Center, who will gather a summary of the information from you and aid you in getting in contact with the appropriate staff.

Office Phone
ADH Emergency Communication Center


If Reporting After Hours 501-661-2136

Web EOC Login

Obtaining a Water Operator License

This guide provides vital information to assist you in obtaining your water operator license.  Please click on the blue text for the weblink to the document.

Step 1:  Determine License Required or Desired

1) Determine Licenses required for the Public Water System of interest click this link


2) Determine license desired from Attachment 1 of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Water Operator Licensing

Step 2: Apply for Desired License

Complete and submit License Application

Step 3: Meet Mandatory Training Requirements

Ways to meet mandatory training requirements

Mandatory Training Course Schedule

Document Course Attendance by submitting course completion certificates:

Email to as an attachment

Fax to 501.661.2032

Step 4: Preparation for License Exam

Needs To Know and other exam preparation materials

Treatment (2017 NTK Version) 

Distribution (2017 NTK Version) 

Very Small System

PWS Compliance Summary

Includes PWS RegulationsWater Operator License Law  &  Regulations

ADH PWS Compliance Course reference document

Download Course Presentation Materials 

Exam Formula Sheet (Identical to formula sheet provided during license exam)

List of Study Books

Step 5: Sit for License Exam

Paper Based Exam (Must register 45 days in advance of paper exam session)

Paper Exam Session Schedule

Computer Based Exam

Re-exam needed:

Pay $25.00 re-exam fee using fee invoice provided with exam results & repeat step 5 above.

Step 6: License Issued

Exam Passed and Experience Met – License Issued

Exam Passed and Experience Not Met – Operator-In-Training (OIT) Wallet Certificate Issued

To Convert OIT to License submit Experience Update Form

Additional Exam Preparation Information

1)Arkansas Public Water System Compliance Summary – This is a summary of water system compliance requirements related to complying with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Department of Health public water system requirements and policies.  The Summary is an exam reference, used during exam preparation and mandatory training courses.  The “Drinking Water Compliance Course” uses this reference extensively.

a)Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Public Water Systems – (Appendix A of Compliance Summary)  The Regulations ensure that public water systems provide ample quantities of safe, palatable water in compliance with the National Primary Drinking Water Standards.  The Regulations are an exam reference used during exam preparation and mandatory training courses.  The “Drinking Water Compliance Course” uses this reference extensively.

b)Water Operator Licensing Law and its Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Water Operator Licensing – (Appendix C and D of Compliance Summary)  The Licensing Law and its Regulations are provided to offer you complete in-depth information pertaining to your chosen profession.

2)Treatment, Distribution, or Very Small System “Need To Know Criteria” (NTK) –The NTK is provided by the Association of Boards of Certification and is used to narrow down the areas of study.  Included is the ABC Formula Sheet and math study aid to focus on needed areas of math preparation.

3)Reference Manual List – Provides information on the reference manuals referred to in the ABC Need To Know Criteria and information on how to obtain the manuals.  The reference manuals are a critically needed exam preparation tool and are the primary textbooks used in the mandatory training courses.  Many Public Water Systems already have the manuals.  

4)Meeting Mandatory Training Requirements – Provides information on the requirements for the specific required mandatory training courses that must be attended or met utilizing the allowed alternate methods to meet the mandatory training requirements.  The training must be obtained prior to sitting for the water license exam.  Please review your records and the requirements to assure the requirements are met.

5)Mandatory Training Schedule – The training schedule, with contact information for the training providers, is provided to assist you in scheduling your mandatory training courses.  Contact information is provided to assist you in registration for the courses or to be placed on the individual trainers’ mailing list.

6)Exam Schedule – The exam schedule is provided to assist you in determining the best time and location to take an exam.  Please note, you must register for the exam 45 or more days before the exam session date. See exam registration forms.


The above information, the recommended referenced study manuals, and the mandatory training should provide you with the necessary materials and tools needed to properly prepare for and pass the exam. Of course, your level of commitment to exam preparation is the most important key to success.

The above materials, any other study materials or reference manuals will not be allowed into the test facility. A formula sheet identical to the one you have received will be provided at the exam site.  Of course, a non-programmable calculator is allowed.



Drinking Water Emergency Response

Emergency Response

image of glass being filled from faucetThe Rules & Regulations Pertaining to Public Water Systems requires that: "The owner [of a public water system] shall report to the Arkansas Department of Health within four hours of the discovery and evaluation of any emergency condition located in the water system which affects the ability of the water system to deliver adequate quantities of safe water to its customers.  Examples of such emergencies include loss of pressure in the distribution system, failure of the source or treatment facility or parts thereof, voluntary or mandatory water conservation efforts, or the known or suspected introduction of any contaminant into the water system."

If such an event occurs, please notify the Department of Health by calling the Division of Engineering (during normal working hours) at the number listed below.  After hours, please notify the Department of Health Emergency Communications Center at the number listed below. The Emergency Communications Center has home, cell, and pager numbers for Division management and home phone numbers for other Division staff.

Emergency Preparation & Response Internet Resources

The following links are provided to assist water system personnel in assessing risk and determining the appropriate response to actual, suspected, or potential terrorist activities.

Reports On Health Problems in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health’s new report on Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them is now available. We invite you to read it and use it to get involved in public health. We are happy to take your comments and answer any questions you may have.

This report provides an overview of the health problems in Arkansas. The health problems discussed are life expectancy, infant mortality and health literacy. Other chapters address important issues that affect our health such as living in rural Arkansas, having unequal opportunities and growing factors that may affect how our health problems are solved. Also, the report meets two of the three prerequisites for applying for public health accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them
Introduction to Public Health Accreditation

For more information or inquiries about the ADH report on Arkansas's Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them, email

Public Health in Arkansas

Keeping Your Hometown Healthy

Preventing disease and disability has been a major concern of the Arkansas Department of Health for a long time. In fact, the roots of public health can be traced back to 1832, when Little Rock's town council created the first city board of health in the Arkansas Territory.

Relatively few Arkansans died when yellow fever ravaged the Mississippi Valley in 1878, yet the epidemic's effects proved to be the catalyst to organize the first official state board of health in 1881 – which died due to lack of funds. When the Legislature moved out of the Old State House to the current capitol building for its first session in 1913, a permanent state board of health was appointed – seven members, all physicians – and moved into the vacated facility on Markham Street. Since that time the Board has regulated and generally provided supervision for all public health activities.

In the beginning, the new board of health focused on eradicating hookworm. A program to improve home and school sanitation was initiated, as well as a program to eliminate malaria through mosquito control. In 1918, Arkansas became the first state to require children to have a compulsory childhood smallpox vaccination in order to attend school. In 1919, the Board began a vigorous educational campaign against venereal disease after thousands of infected Arkansans were unable to join the Army during World War I. By the 1920s, with the assistance of federal and private funds, the Board had instituted inspections of water supplies and mandated sanitary requirements that practically eliminated Typhoid fever. An effective program for improving the health of infants and mothers caused the infant death rate to decline and life expectancy to increase, all before the end of the 1920s.

The Great Depression of the 1930s amplified the health problems of that era. Many people who could no longer afford private medical care turned to public health for assistance. During this time, thousands of immunizations were given to combat typhoid fever, smallpox and diphtheria.

By the late 1930s and into the 1940s, the Department had begun cancer and heart programs, as well as for safe water supplies and malaria control. It also stepped up efforts related to food safety and drug control. During the post-war era, more and more people moved into cities from farms, creating new needs related to city water and sewer services.

Also after World War II, public health centered on incorporating modern technology and conveniences into the existing health care and health protection structure. Many people, however, remained without access to primary health services. The anti-poverty programs of the 1960s directed attention  to the needs of the poor. New social programs dictated new directions for public health while making possible the dramatic expansion of public health activities.

Beginning in the first part of the 1960s, Arkansas led the nation in tuberculosis treatment by developing a program that applied new theories about health services planning and implementation as well as the effects of modern medical technology and treatment. Short-term hospital treatment was a startling change from previous methods of treatment.  Better diagnosis and new drugs made traditional sanatorium treatment obsolete.

From the mid-1960s the field of public health has experienced profound changes in its goals and structure. Exploration in new roles for public health work go beyond tuberculosis treatment and environmental control to encompass home health, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, maternity and infant care, and youth projects and programs emphasizing prevention and early treatment of medical conditions.

Today's Department of Health

In the 21st Century, our public health services continue to evolve and expand. New or updated programs and services today include: 

Board of Health Today

In 1971, an extensive reorganization of government in Arkansas changed the duties of the Board of Health. Many of the powers that existed within the Board were transferred to the Department of Health, which became a cabinet level agency in the executive branch of government responsible for implementing the Board’s regulations. The Board retained four very important responsibilities:

Today’s Board is comprised of 24 members, including eight medical doctors. As we look forward to the challenges of the future in public health, the Board remains a vitally important partner and will remain an essential element in any reform or change in the health delivery system in the state.

*A source for much of the information above was “The Pain in Prevention, A History of Public Health in Arkansas” written by Sarah Hudson Scholle for the Arkansas Department of Health, copyright 1990.

Arkansas Health System

Health Workforce Strategic Plan logo

Many people across the state are working to proactively shape the future of our health system including undertaking important activities to improve the health payment system, strategically plan for a future health workforce, implementing statewide use of health information technology and planning for the health benefits exchange. A vision for a better Arkansas Health System has been developed and serves as a guide for this work.

Workforce Strategic Plan


Injury and Violence Prevention Resources

Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

HealthCare Decision Forms

Below are the Health Care Decision Forms that were adopted by the Board of Health on October 24, 2013 pursuant to the Health Care Decisions Act (Act 1264 of 2013).

Acceptance of Surrogate Form
Advance Care Plan Form
Appointment of Health Care Agent Form

Act 504 of 2017 Arkansas Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act (POLST) provides a standardized physician order form. The links below include the standardized physician order form and helpful directions for completing the order form.

Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

Oral Health

BreastCare Provider Forms and Manuals


Provider, Billing Forms, and Manuals


Patient Care Forms


Patient Education and Handouts


Provider Management Forms

BreastCare Providers

News for Current Providers


Breast and Cervical Reimbursement Rates Updated for 2019

BreastCare has updated the reimbursement amounts for covered procedures for 2019. The updated reimbursement rate tables can be found under Billing Information on the Forms and Manuals page.

BreastCare Provider Forms and Manuals Updated

BreastCare has updated several forms and manuals including the BreastCare Provider Manual, Billing Manual, the tobacco fax referral form, Welcome to BreastCare patient handout and provider management forms for updating your banking details, contract information and providers. All of these updated forms and manuals can be found on the Forms and Manuals page.

Phishing E-mail Alert

It has been brought to our attention that phishing e-mails are being sent to BreastCare providers posing as our Contracts Manager or BreastCare Provider Management. Since many of you recognize our staff’s name or BreastCare, you may be tempted to open the email and its attachments but don't. These e-mails are not from BreastCare. Instead this is an attempt to gain access to your system to get information from you or infect your computer with a virus. Delete the e-mail and report it to your IT department in case they can track or block it. Please contact BreastCare with any questions or concerns you may have.

BreastCare Patient Eligibility Verification (September 2017)

Eligibility verification for BreastCare patients is no longer available through the Medicaid portal. This service ended August 31, 2017. BreastCare providers can verify eligibility from the plan dates on the patient’s BreastCare card or by contacting BreastCare at 1-855-661-7830.

BreastCare Billing System Launched (September 2017)

Our new web-based BreastCare Billing System was launched in early September. Billing personnel who need access and have not already requested it, should complete and return the form below. Only BreastCare providers with current agreements can access the system. If your provider group(s) does not have a current agreement or have not yet completed the re-enrollment process, you are encouraged to do so soon.

We appreciate your service as a BreastCare provider and look forward to our continued partnership offering high quality breast and cervical screening and diagnostic services to the women of Arkansas.

Questions or concerns regarding this transition can be directed to BreastCare via e-mail at or the mailing address below.

Arkansas Department of Health
Attn: BreastCare Billing
4815 West Markham Street, Slot 11
Little Rock, AR 72205


BreastCare Now Covers 3D Mammography (January 2017)

The Arkansas BreastCare program is now covering 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) as a reimbursable procedure as of October 1, 2016. BreastCare is using the following CMS guidance for Medicare reimbursement instructions for billing these codes:

BreastCare Expands Eligibility for Pap Testing and Diagnostic Services (March 2016)

The BreastCare program has revised eligibility guidelines to expand coverage. The revised guidelines include expanding the age range for cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services and providing diagnostic services for underinsured (insured but meet financial criteria) women who qualify. BreastCare now covers Pap testing for uninsured women between 21 and 39 years old as well as any diagnostics and follow up needed as a result of an abnormal screening. Diagnostic services may also be covered for those who are insured but need assistance with co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles. For questions about these new guidelines, please contact your Regional BreastCare Coordinator. (March 2016)

Becoming a BreastCare Provider

Regular screening and early detection are our best bets for helping Arkansas women fight breast and cervical cancer. We always welcome the opportunity to partner with more providers to offer breast and cervical services. 

It is easy to enroll! Just go to and complete your online application. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete a basic application.

In order to enroll as a BreastCare provider you will need to complete: Provider Basic Identification, Provider Demography, Provider Banking Information, W-9 Form, Provider Specialty Form, and Questionnaire. Have all documents for the application ready and the process will move faster.

For questions or additional information, contact our Provider and Contracts Manager at 501-661-2836.

Arkansas Stroke Registry Participating Hospitals

Participating Hospital


Arkansas Heart Hospital


Arkansas Methodist Medical Center


Ashley County Medical Center


Baptist Health - Fort Smith


Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia


Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway


Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs


Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County

Hot Spring

Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock


Baptist Health Medical Center-NLR 


Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart


Baptist Memorial Hospital - Crittenden


Baxter Regional Medical Center


Bradley County Medical Center


Chambers Memorial Hospital


CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs


CHI St. Vincent Infirmary


CHI St. Vincent Morrilton 


CHI St. Vincent North


Chicot Memorial Medical Center


CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System


Conway Regional Medical Center


CrossRidge Community Hospital 


Dallas County Medical Center

Dardanelle Regional Medical Center


Delta Memorial Hospital


DeWitt Hospital


Drew Memorial Hospital


Forrest City Medical Center

St. Francis

Fulton County Hospital


Great River Medical Center 


Helena Regional Medical Center


Howard Memorial Hospital

Jefferson Regional Medical Center


Johnson Regional Medical Center   


Lawrence Memorial Hospital


Little River Memorial Hospital

Little River

McGehee Hospital


Magnolia Regional Medical Center


Medical Center of South Arkansas


Mena Regional Health System

Mercy Hospital - Berryville


Mercy Hospital Booneville


Mercy Hospital Fort Smith  


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas - Bella Vista


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas - Springdale

Benton and Washington

Mercy Hospital Ozark


Mercy Hospital Paris


Mercy Hospital Waldron


Methodist University Hospital


National Park Medical Center


NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 


North Arkansas Regional Medical Center


Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville


Northwest Medical Center-Springdale


Ouachita County Medical Center


Ozark Health Medical Center

Van Buren

Ozarks Community Hospital


Piggott Community Hospital


Saline Memorial Hospital


Siloam Springs Regional Hospital


SMC Regional Medical Center


St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center 


St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center

St. Bernards Medical Center


Stone County Medical Center


UAMS Medical Center


Unity Health - Harris Medical Center


Unity Health - White County Medical Center


Wadley Regional Medical Center

Bowie, TX

Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope


Washington Regional Medical Center


White River Health System Cherokee Village

Fulton and Sharp

White River Medical Center


Public Health Accrediation Board
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