Hot Spring County Extension to Host Community Meetings for Health Ambassador Program | Pictures & Videos

Malvern, Ark. – For Arkansans who want to help improve the health of their communities, a new cooperative extension service project in Hot Spring County is looking for local volunteers to receive training and deliver extension health programs.

The Hot Spring County Extension Health Ambassadors Meeting will be held at the Hot Spring County 4-H Center on May 31, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Arkansas ranks 41st out of 50 states for access to preventive care clinical services. This makes it difficult for Arkansans — especially in rural communities — to access healthcare screenings and other services that monitor well-being and anticipate problems. The Extension Health Ambassadors project will work with these communities to identify and find solutions to their health issues.

Jessica Rodriguez, Hot Spring County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Officer for the Division of Agriculture, said this is an important opportunity for Hot Spring County residents to collaborate. to improving the health of their community.

The training program is a partnership between the Department of Community, Occupational and Economic Development of the Cooperative Extension Service and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, both part of the Agricultural System Division of the University of Arkansas. The program will equip community volunteers with the health education and teaching skills needed to lead extension-based health programs in targeted rural counties.

The project recently received funding from the Rural Health and Safety Education Grant Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the United States Department of Agriculture. Six Arkansas counties – Clark, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Phillips, Pope and Mississippi – were selected to participate in the project during the two-year project duration.

To learn more about the Hot Spring County Outreach Health Ambassadors Meeting or to register to attend the meeting, contact Jessica Rodriguez at 501-332-5267 or [email protected].

To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Agriculture Division research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.

About the Agriculture Division

The mission of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research with the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the country’s historic land grant education system.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or require material in an alternate format, please contact Jessica Rodriguez as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities in the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties of Arkansas and faculty at five system campuses.

The Agriculture System Division of the University of Arkansas offers all of its extension and research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation , national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information. , or other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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