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FOR RELEASE: January 31, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

4th Annual State of the State's Health Report to be Released This Week

For the fourth consecutive year, the Oklahoma State Board of Health reports in its annual State of the State's Health that Oklahomans continue to be losing ground in their overall health status compared to the rest of the nation.

In a media briefing scheduled for Thursday, February 3, at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room at the State Capitol, leaders of the state's public health and state medical communities will summarize key public health trends and their underlying causes identified in the Year 2000 report. They'll also offer several prevention approaches – including relatively inexpensive options – as potential solutions to a number of the state's health problems.

"The state of our state's health is poor and it will take a collaborative effort of concerned citizens, physicians, policy makers, business leaders, public health workers, faith leaders and others in our state to make a difference," said Gordon H. Deckert, M.D., who will summarize the Board of Health's findings. Deckert is a current member and Past President of the State Board of Health. He is also spokesperson for the Physicians' Campaign for a Healthier Oklahoma, a project of the Oklahoma State Medical Association in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This campaign will be highlighted during the media briefing.

Joining Deckert at the briefing will be Dr. Jay A. Gregory, President of the State Board of Health; Dr. Jerry R. Nida, State Health Commissioner; Dr. Boyd Whitlock, President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association; and Dr. Robert J. Weedn, President-Elect of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and Chair of the Physicians' Campaign for a Healthier Oklahoma.

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