Renee Joiner grew up in the Arkansas delta and understands firsthand the struggles of those with little to no access to healthcare. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1983 with a degree in Biology and Sociology. She later returned to UCA and was awarded her BSN in 1997, graduating Cum Laude.
Renee was hired as the Trauma Section Chief at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) during the start-up of a statewide trauma system that would include trauma centers designated at four levels of resources and care standards. At that time, Arkansas was one of two states that did not have a single designated trauma center. Currently, there are 69 designated centers Levels I-IV.
In addition to her trauma background, Renee has vast public health experience in areas including Public Health Preparedness, Health Systems Licensing and Regulations, Cancer Surveillance, HIV Prevention and Services, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Maternal and Child Health and the development of the state’s Hometown Health Improvement initiative.
Her passion is working with healthcare professionals to develop specialized systems of care with access for all across the state. She has presented the “Arkansas experience” at many national and regional conferences and workshops. She is the Clinical Program Director for the IDHI Stroke, SANE, Trauma and other eConsult services offered to rural hospitals across the state.
Renee lives in rural Pulaski County and is married with four children ages 33, 27, 23 and 19.