PRESS RELEASE: Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation Announces New Executive Director

by Billy Tarpley on April 18, 2012

Contact: Mary Webb
Public Relations Specialist
Arkansas Health Care
Access Foundation
Phone: 501-221-3033
Fax: 501-221-7977
PO Box 56248
Little Rock, AR


Press Release for Immediate Release

Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation Announces New Executive Director

LITTLE ROCK, AR, March 12, 2012: Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation, Inc. (AHCAF)

On March 12, 2012, the Board of Directors announced Kalena Jones as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation. Jones replaces Pat Keller, who served as Executive Director for nearly 23 years. Before joining the Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation, Jones worked as Program Development Coordinator for Pulaski County Youth Services providing low-income youth and families an opportunity to engage in out-of-school time programming at no cost. She holds a Master of Health Administration degree and is very involved in the local community.

AHCAF was established in 1989 by the Arkansas Medical Society to assist Arkansans with receiving health care at no cost or reduced cost. AHCAF, a non-profit organization, is a statewide volunteer health care program which was developed to help low-income, medically uninsured Arkansans gain access to non-emergency medical care and prescription services.

AHCAF provides services to approximately 1,900 Arkansans a year, but with the increasing number of people losing their benefits, we expect this number to increase. Since its inception in 1989 through December 2011, AHCAF has served 94,379; made 91,320 referrals to other organizations; received more than 315,596 calls for assistance; and currently has about 1,400 care givers donating their time and services – this includes, physicians, pharmacies, dentists, Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), and the Department of Public Health.

In order to qualify for donated medical care, patients must meet specific guidelines. To enroll, a potential patient/client goes to their local Department of Human Services (DHS) or County Health Department and fills out an AHCAF application. Patient eligibility guidelines are as follows. The individual in need must:

  • Be an Arkansas resident and a U.S. citizen or verified permanent resident alien.
  • Not have any form of health insurance — this includes Medicaid, Medicare, or VA Medical Benefits.
  • Fall within 100% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.

AHCAF relies on physicians from all fields of study, dentists, RNs, APNs, pharmacies, and other medical professionals throughout the state to donate their services for qualified clients.

For more information about the Arkansas Health Care Access program or volunteering your services, visit our website at, call 501-221-3033, toll-free 800-950-8233, or email

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