LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Minority Health Commission announced on Monday that ShaRhonda Love, M.P.H., has been named the AMHC’s seventh director. Love joined AMHC Jan. 3, 2017, and in her new role as director she says she looks forward to improving the health of all minorities in Arkansas. Born and raised in Little Rock, Love attended Hall High School and completed her undergraduate degree at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in health sciences with a minor in community health agencies. Love later obtained a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health behavior health education from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. During her college career, she gained 21 years of chronic disease and health behavior health education experience working at a cardiovascular disease clinic under the direction of Dr. Andrew G. Kumpuris and Dr. James Lynn Davis, and in the College of Public Health’s health behavior and health education department. Love has also held positions at the Arkansas Department of Health as the school health director and Arkansas Center for Health Improvement as a senior policy analyst.
“My goal for the agency is to be the authority for all minority health. I want the Arkansas Minority Health Commission to be the first agency thought of when someone that is in the minority population needs assistance with health and access to health care. I want AMHC to be the first agency thought of by other state agencies when someone calls and needs assistance. I want to be able to help from every level: individuals, families, communities, schools, counties, and statewide,” Love said.