The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement announced Tuesday that Stephanie Blevins has joined the Little Rock-based organization in the newly-created position of director of northwest Arkansas community engagement.
Blevins joins ACHI from the office of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, where she served as the governor’s northwest Arkansas district representative since March 2018. In that role, Blevins engaged community stakeholders, political leaders, state agencies, constituents and civic organizations to create partnerships and ensure that the governor’s goals were being met in the region.
Blevins will have similar responsibilities at ACHI, which works with the Health Care Transformation Division of the Northwest Arkansas Council.
Dr. Joe Thompson, president and CEO of the independent health policy center, said the new position will help support the needs of a rapidly-growing region that faces increasing demands on its health and health care sectors.
"ACHI’s commitment to be a catalyst to improve the health of all Arkansans requires a dedicated presence in this region of the state," he said in a news release. "I am confident that Stephanie, with her years of experience engaging with community and business leaders in the region, will represent us well."
Blevins studied economics at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She has lived in northwest Arkansas since 1995.
"I'm excited to be a part of an organization that has done such amazing work to better the health of Arkansans for almost 25 years," Blevins said in the release. "With the explosive growth in the Northwest Arkansas health sector, I feel privileged to be part of the conversation in this part of the state."