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For Release:  September 6, 2000
Contact: Mike O’Connor, Administrator
Payne County Health Department
(405) 372-8200

Regier to Hold Public Forum Sept. 12 at the Payne County Health Department

Jerry Regier, acting director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Human Services, will hold a public forum to discuss public health issues on Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m., Payne County Health Department, 1321 W. 7th, Stillwater.  

“Secretary Regier is actively seeking community input on ways to improve health care services and make the health department more accountable to the people. He is encouraging the public to attend,” said Payne County Administrator Mike O’Connor.

The county health departments around the state provide health services in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, health surveillance, education, early disease detection, injury prevention, and consumer protection. Many counties continue to provide basic health care as a “safety net” for uninsured and underinsured whose access to health care is limited.

Secretary Regier has been bringing forward numerous reform efforts at the health department since being placed in leadership on May 2.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He holds two master’s degrees, one in biblical studies from the International School of Theology and another in public administration from Harvard University. Raised in Clinton, he returned to Oklahoma in 1995 to work for Gov. Frank Keating after a stint in Washington, D.C. as commissioner for the National Commission on Children, working on public policy related to families.

Secretary Regier was appointed by Gov. Keating to serve as Secretary for Health and Human Services on April 15, 1997. As Secretary, he oversees 70 boards and commissions and 13 agencies.

For more information about the public forum, call the Payne County Health Department in Stillwater at 405-372-8200.

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