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Engaging Arkansas Communities

Always E-P-I-C (Empowering, Preventing, Innovating, Connecting)

Little Rock, AR   |  https://engagingarkansas.org/

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Mission

Engaging Arkansas Communities is always EPIC, and that stands for Empowering overlooked and underserved communities, Preventing new HIV and STI exposure until there are no new transmissions, Innovating comprehensive sexual health strategies, and Connecting with communities to provide prevention resources. To end the epidemic of HIV in Arkansas, Engaging Arkansas Communities provides prevention resources, conventional or unconventional screening options, and educational opportunities in all aspects of the sexual health concerns of marginalized communities. Engaging Arkansas Communities increases awareness of factors which complicate the lives of those impacted by HIV and advocate for innovative strategies and resources for their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Eric Danny Harris

Main address

PO Box 22002

Little Rock, AR 72221 USA

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EIN

84-4947395

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases can be overwhelming. Testimonies of individuals devastated because of a diagnosis are heartbreaking. Stories of persons subjected to a lifetime of sexual abuse who never genuinely loved or lived, are far too common. Too many people living with HIV feel they are treated as less than others. Often people avoid HIV testing because they feel stigmatized for their sexual choices. We believe everyone deserves to feel valued while leading healthy, successful lives. You often hear about the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual health, but feeling confident about your sexuality is also important. Care and treatment for sexual health must be more than paperwork, forms, screenings, and brochures. These are never enough. EAC is a convergence of passionate individuals purposefully engaging and empowering Arkansans to achieve the self-value they deserve.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PrEPared For Life

HIV/STI Testing and Prevention: Our HIV Testing and Prevention Program generates sexual health awareness and education opportunities regarding risk and reduction of STI and other related diseases. At testing and education events in key areas across the state of Arkansas, we offer both conventional and unconventional screening and testing opportunities and linkage to care.

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a way to take control of your sexual health. It helps people who are HIV negative (not living with HIV) to reduce their worry about getting HIV. PrEP is a powerful tool in helping to end the HIV epidemic. However, not everyone knows about PrEP or how to obtain it. Through our PrEPared for Life Program, we can help you find options for enrolling in PrEP services in Arkansas.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Transportation and Linkage-To-Care: Positive Miles provides free transportation assistance to HIV medical care and supportive services to anyone living in Arkansas. Our dedicated team of Community Health Workers and Field Service Specialists work to provide safe, confidential travel to and from appointments to keep people engaged in care.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
People with HIV/AIDS
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
People with HIV/AIDS

EPIC+ is a food pantry program based out of our Little Rock, Rogers, and Texarkana offices to distribute boxes of non-perishable food on a monthly basis to individuals and families impacted directly by HIV.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults

The E-P-I-C+ Leadership Program trains people with HIV to mentor others, share their story in public settings, and prepare for work in professional settings including employment and advisory groups. The peer-to-peer training model encourages peers to identify, examine, and address the root cause of stigma from their personal experience, building on the idea of ‘each one, teach one’ until stigma becomes non-existent in our community.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with HIV/AIDS
Ethnic and racial groups
People with HIV/AIDS
Ethnic and racial groups
People with HIV/AIDS
LGBTQ people

Peer-to-peer discussion groups, like "MpowerU" in Texarkana, provide a safe space to share feelings and build a network with others who know what it's like to deal with the stigma HIV brings. It's also a great environment to cut loose and have a good time in great company!

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Substance abusers
Substance abusers
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS
Young adults
Older adults

The Arkansas Resource Hub is a statewide directory for HIV Services including testing, medical care, and supportive services for people with HIV. You can also search for HIV prevention resources like HIV/STI testing and PrEP near you. Search by service category or your location using the online resource directory. Click to visit www.arkansasresourcehub.org.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Adults

Where we work

Awards

HIV Champion of the Year, 2023 (Organization) 2023

Arkansas HIV Planning Group

HIV Champion of the Year, 2023 (Executive Director, E. Harris) 2023

Arkansas HIV Planning Group

Chancellor's Community Research Partner Award 2023

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Translational Research Institute

Affiliations & memberships

NACHW - National Association of Community Health Workers, Member 2024

ARCHWA - Arkansas Community Health Worker Association, Member 2023

NCSD - National Coalition of STD Directors, Member 2023

NMAC - National Minority AIDS Coalition, Member 2024

National Coalition of LGBT Health, Member 2023

Arkansas HIV Planning Group, Nonprofit Member 2024

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Nonprofit Member 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people tested for HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PrEPared For Life

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

MpowerU Support Group

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people provided with PrEP

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PrEPared For Life

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients living with HIV receiving assistance to access healthcare benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Positive Miles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of practicing Community Health Workers as a result of the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIC+ Peer Leadership Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trips provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Positive Miles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIC+ Peer Leadership Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of multi-year grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2023: Government Grants and Contracts (4), Private Foundations (2), Arkansas Community Foundation (1); 2022: Government Grants and Contracts (4), Private Foundations (2)

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

EPIC Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients diagnosed with HIV or STDs who are linked into care within 30 days

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PrEPared For Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

MpowerU Support Group

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PrEPared For Life

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PrEPared For Life

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Engaging Arkansas Communities is always EPIC...together we are empowering, preventing, innovating, and connecting to serve marginalized communities in Arkansas:

E = Empowering overlooked and underserved communities
P = Preventing new HIV/STI exposure until there are no new transmissions
I = Innovating comprehensive sexual health strategies
C = Connecting with communities to provide prevention resources

To end the epidemic of HIV in Arkansas, Engaging Arkansas Communities provides HIV/STI prevention education and testing and provides innovative, educational opportunities in all aspects of the sexual health concerns of marginalized communities.

As a nonprofit 501c3 organization, Engaging Arkansas Communities increases awareness of factors which complicate the lives of those impacted by HIV, provides and links people with HIV to a variety of supportive services, and advocates for innovative strategies and resources for their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being.

To accomplish our goals, we hold tight to our shared values:

1. Every person with HIV deserves the opportunity to live a fulfilling, purpose-filled life.
2. Community is at our core and underserved communities in Arkansas are our focus.
3. Engaging people living with HIV in addressing unmet needs in the Arkansas is key.

1. Leadership and staff have a combined 35+ years' experience in HIV service delivery, including Ryan White case management and supportive services, HOPWA, and Minority AIDS programming.
2. The majority (currently 93%) of direct service staff are persons with lived experience (HIV, drug use/recover, previously experiencing homelessness, etc.), making our staff equipped to relate best to the populations most in need of our services.
3. With four current office locations and 22 direct service staff members, we are poised to offer statewide prevention and support services in most parts of the state when needed.
4. With our Executive Director as current Co-Chair of the Arkansas HIV Planning Group, our agency is directly involved in both the activities and leadership for HIV services in the state. This places EAC at the head of the community-input table for providing peer-based evaluation and future strategies to meet statewide goals for HIV care, linkage to care, and retaining people living with HIV in care.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Engaging Arkansas Communities

Board of directors
as of 06/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Fredrick Dry Harris

Arkansas Statue University - Mountain Home

Term: 2020 - 2023

Meloney Harris

Baptist Health

Brian Tynes

Belk

Pamela Lewis

Robert Griffin

H&R Block

Andrew (Drew) Thomas

Baptist Health

Robbie Gill

University of Arkansas-Pulaski Tech

Arlee Walker

Padgett Law Group

Fredrick Dry

Arkansas Statue University - Mountain Home

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/11/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.