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The mission of the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission (ATSC) is to provide oversight and assessment of the performance of the seven (7) programs funded by the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000. 


Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission Programs

 

The purpose of the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI) is to address one of the most pressing policy issues facing this country: how to care for the burgeoning number of older adults in rural community settings. The overall goal is to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families thorugh two primary missions: an infrastructure that provides quality interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs.

 

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) educates a public health workforce and advances the health of the public by investigating the causes, treatments, and prevention of human health problems. Preventing chronic disease and promoting positive health behavior is the most effective way to improve the health of all people. The College's mission of improving the health of all Arkansans is realized through teaching and research as well as service to elected officials, agencies, organizations, and communities.


 

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences East Regional Campus provide healthcare outreach services to seven counties including St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, Chicot, Desha, Monroe, and Crittenden counties. UAMS East Regional Campus, formerly known as the Delta Area Health Education Center (AHEC), was established in 1990 with the purpose of providing health education to underserved populations in the Arkansas Delta region.

   

Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), the agricultural and biomedical research programs of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act, is a partnership of scientists from Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute, Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas-Division of Agriculture, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. ABI supports long-term agricultural and biomedical research at its five member institutions and focuses on fostering collaborative research that connects investigators from various disciplines across institutions.

   

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) includes community and school education prevention programs, enforcement of youth tobacco controls laws, tobacco cessation programs, health communications, and awareness campaigns. The TPCP also sponsors statewide tobacco control programs that involve youth to increase local coaltion activities, tobacco-related disease prevention programs, minority initiatives and monitoring, and evaluation. TPCP follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices for Tobacco Control 2014 as a guide for program development.

    

The Tobacco Settlement Medicaid Expansion Program (TS-MEP) is a separate component of the Arkansas Medicaid Program that improves the health of Arkansas by expanding healthcare coverage and benefits to targeted populations. The program works to expand Medicaid coverage and benefits in four population: 1) Expands Medicaid coverage and benefits to pregnant women with incomes ranging from 138%-200% fo the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); 2) Expands inpatient and outpatient hospital reimbursements and benftis to adults age 19-64; 3) Expands non-institutional coverage and benefits to seniors age 65 and over; 4) To reduce the developmental disabilities waiting list

   

The Arkansas Minority Health Initiative (MHI) was established in 2001 through Initiated Act I to administer the Targeted State Needs for screening, monitoring, and treating hypertension, strokes, and other disorders disproportionately critical to minority groups in Arkansas by 1) increasing awareness, 2) providing screening or access to screening, 3) developing intervention strategies (including educational programs) and developing/maintaining a database.   

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Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 108
Little Rock, AR 72201

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