While the wet weather delayed the planned ribbon-cutting featuring same, Clinton City Park now features a kiosk “featuring asset mapping of community health resources,” one of three such kiosks in the city.
The first of the three kiosks is at the city park’s playground, with numbers two and three at the Archey Fork Park walking trail and near the entrance of Ozark Health, respectively.
The kiosks are a project of the Van Buren County Wellness Committee, itself formed in 2017 to improve health in the county by improving health information access as well as targeting things which impact health in the county, such as obesity and tobacco use. The kiosks are a grant-provided pilot project for the committee, to provide a resource directory and asset map.
The two park maps show scale maps of the parks’ walking trails and facilities, which the kiosk at the hospital has a map of Ozark Health facilities.
Modeled after the “Healthy Active Arkansas” program, the committee has held town hall meetings as well as joining the Growing Healthy Communities” program from the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention. Near-term plans for the committee are a nutritional initiative centered at the county health department, and increased health and health-information communication between the county, schools, churches, not-for-profits while exploring further joint-use agreements and grants.