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TRI County Rural Health Network, Inc.

A Delta-born nonprofit where Community Health Workers' Life Experiences are valued, respected and utiliized to improve access to health-care for all 

Read about our work in the fight against COVID-19

Watch our Census 2020 Community Forum, hosted live on Zoom on June 10, 2020.

Training and Employing CHWs

for Hospitals, Physican Offices, Community Health Centers, Research Instituions, and NonProfits Aiming to Reduce Health Disparities  


To be the organization that ensures that every Arkansan has access to healthcare.

OUR MISSION                                                                                                                                                                  

To improve access to healthcare for all. 


Commitment.  We ensure that the board and staff demonstrate by example respect and dignity for all persons.

Access.  We ensure that every person is treated fairly and has equal access to opportunities, advancement, and improved outcomes. 

Relevance.  We ensure that services we provide are of value and needed by the persons with whom we are working rather than letting funding availability or intervention trendiness determine our direction. 


TRAINERS FOR 16 YEARS.  Training covers a core curriculum and disease-specific information needed to assist people in increasing their health outcomes.  The training in this picture was for all Tri County Rural Health Network CHWs.  Other training takes place with CHWs in other organizations such as the UAMS research on increasing health outcomes for the Marshallese community in NW Arkansas, collaboratives in Dumas and Stuttgardt, and UC-Riverside's campus-community project.    

CONNECTING PEOPLE TO RESOURCES SINCE 2003.  TRHN is a minority controlled and operated 501c3 nonprofit committed to providing services needed to meet the increasing demand for trained CHWs.  It has trained and employed CHWs for 13 years and conducted the first evidenced based research in collaboration with UAMS to show effectiveness and cost savings go hand in hand when CHWs are a bridge between people in need and health resources.  Its training curriculum was written and tested by Executive Director Naomi Cottoms.  Recent grants and contracts include The State of Arkansas, RX Foundation, King Foundation, Forever Care, and UAMS.  Executive Director Naomi Cottoms has been instrumental in the founding of the Arkansas and National Associations for Community Health Workers.  TCRHN was incorporated in 2003 to increase access to health care for grassroots citizens.  Phillips County Health Unit Administrate Robyn Clark championed early development and Mid Delta Community Consortium headed by Anna Huff Davis awarded the first grant.  Research funded by The Foundation for the Mid South showed that the three main reasons people were not accessing healthcare were 1) individuals didn't trust healthcare institutions, 2) individuals didn't know services existed, and 3) individuals could not afford health services.  That is to say, people in the Delta were not asking for more or better services, they were asking for increased access to existing services.  CHWs were employed to increase access.   

CROSSROADS: Rural Health Care in America's Mississippi DeltaRosalind Stone, TCRHN trainer and CHW, sometimes called a Community Connector, is featured in this documentary on Rural Health Care in the Mississippi Delta.  The documentary gives the viewer a clear idea of one day in the life of a CWH. 

Click here to view the Crossroads documentary. 

Our Board Members

Kathleen Bell

Sadie Barnes

Clifton Collier

Juril Fronzie

Mabil Harris

Ida Lacey

Ernest Larry

Laura Love

Freeman McKindra

Amos Newell

Patricia Proctor

Cynthia Wilborn


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If you have any questions, please feel free to email CHICconference@uams.edu.


 Contact TCRHN for dates of the next Training Session or to set a date for a Training Session for your own employees.  If you have questions, send this form or give us a phone call at 870-338-8900.