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2002 News Releases
Note: Following is an index of OSDH News Releases in 2002.  Unlinked titles mean that the release has not made the conversion from the old OSDH site yet.  Please bear with us as we complete this migration process.  If you are needing a particular release from the list below, please e-mail webmaster@health.ok.gov with the news release title and we will e-mail it to you.  Thanks for your continued patience and support!
 


January
Fill-in-Blank News Release For County Health Departments: The Perils of Parenting - Colic Workshop
Fill-in-Blank News Release For County Health Departments: The Perils of Parenting: Colic - Why Babies Have It and What to do About It
Media Advisory: Luncheon Presentation on Public Policy To Reduce Tobacco Use Among Youth
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
Beitsch Appoints New Administrator for Construction Industries Board
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: "Show Us the Money: An Update on the States’ Allocation of the Tobacco Settlement Dollars"
State Receives Native American Arthritis Research Grant
CDC Establishes New Web Site for Bioterrorism Resources
Free Car Seat Check Set at Hudiburg Chevrolet
Oklahoma Ranks Low in Women’s Health
“Critical Access” Status Helps At-Risk Rural Hospitals Survive Financially
Last Call for Flu Shot
Tabernacle Health Fair PSA
Fill-in-Blank News Release For County Health Departments: Health Precautions After the Ice Storm & Power Loss

February
State Tobacco Use Prevention Plan Released Today
Keep Your New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Weight
Public Input Sought for Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
State Health Department to Host Health Fair with Tabernacle Baptist Church
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. 7 -- Free Local Testing Available
Media Advisory: News conference to discuss the proposed amendments to Oklahoma’s child passenger safety law
Child Safety Seat Amendment To Be Considered
Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS: March 3-9
Oklahoma Scores an “A” for Health Department’s Birth Defects Registry
Smile … February is National Child Dental Health Month
Area Nutritionist Wins Award
WIC Encourages Healthy Weight for Children
Free Car Seat Check Set At Cleveland County Fair Grounds In Norman

March
Free Car Seat Check Set At the State Fair Grounds
Childhood Vaccination Shortages Prompt Some Temporary Exemptions
List of Oklahoma Retailers Selling Tobacco to Minors Disclosed by Health Officials
Fill-in-Blank News Release: National Poison Prevention Week is March 17 - 23, 2002
Tobacco State Plan Hearings Scheduled to Provide Public Input
'Super Sitters' Class Set for Spring Break
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Exercise Slated April 13
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Sports-Active Teens Should Wear Mouthguards for Protection
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Media Advisory #2
State Board of Health Moves to Make Oklahoma's Public Places Smoke-Free
Public Input Sought for Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant
Tuberculosis Diagnosed in Southwest Oklahoma Public Health Officials Act to Identify People Potentially Exposed
New National Hotline Number Saves Lives, Money
March 27th Public Forum Set to Discuss Health Department Rules for Breast and Cervical Cancer
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Media Advisory #3
Governor’s Task Force on Tobacco and Youth Releases Finding on Smoke-Free Environments
National Public Health Week is April 1- 7
Free Car Seat Check Set in Stillwater
Fill-in-Blank News Release For County Health Departments: The Perils of Parenting: Helping Baby Get a Good Night's Sleep
Two Ethnic Tobacco Education Network Contracts Awarded
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Media Advisory #4
Tobacco State Plan Hearing Scheduled in OKC Today
National Expert on Childhood Lead Poisoning to Speak in Miami April 4

April
Governor's Action a Positive Step for Health
Health Officials Clarify TB Infection Risk to Calm Fears
Change Your Clock and Change Your Battery
“Immunize Every Child by Age 2” Theme for 2002 National Infant Immunization Week
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Exercise Timelines
Health Officials Applaud Governor’s Call for Action on Secondhand Smoke Inside Public Places
One in Five Oklahoma Deaths is From Various Forms of Cancer
Heirloom Birth Certificates Now Available to the Public
Board of Health Actions on Secondhand Smoke Not a Power Struggle, but an Effort to Improve Health of Oklahomans
Health Officials Stress Crucial Need for Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Drill Slated this Weekend
Final Notice: Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Drill Slated Today and Tomorrow
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Drills Ongoing Today - Update #1
Sooner Spring Bioterrorism Drills Ongoing Today - Update #2
National Minority Health Month Calls Attention to Health Disparities
State Smoking-Caused Deaths Exceed National Rates, Economic Burden Nearly Doubles
Construction Industries Board Schedules Webcast
Sign Up Now for Safe Kids Summit
Consumers Urged To Round Up Hazardous Products
Construction Industries Board Webcast
Injury Prevention Promoted During May
Play It Safe on Playgrounds
Young Children Get Depressed, Too… Is Your Child At Risk?

May
Oklahomans with Asthma Affected by Secondhand Smoke - County Estimates Released
New Study Shows Kids Overconfident on Wheels
Health Officials Urge Bicycle Safety
New Plan to Reduce Oklahoma's Tobacco Use Released this Week
Nurses Receive National and State Recognition During May
Special Classes Help People Cope with Arthritis
Protect Your Children - Buckle Them Up
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
Media Advisory: 8th Annual Wacky Water Wahoo
State Health Department Advises Consumers to Scrub Cantaloupe before Eating
National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 19-25
Nursing Home Care Act Will Improve Patient Care
Free Car Seat Check Set in Edmond
“Super Sitter” Classes Set for Summer
Summer Beckons; Water Safety Urged
Teen Driver Safety Encouraged
Brittany Project Expands to Include Corps Lakes
Kids and Hot Cars Don't Mix
Latino Community Development Agency Wins National Grant for World No Tobacco Day
Health Disparities to be Discussed at Public Health Conference May 31
Health Department Offers Free “Train the Trainer” Workshops to Prevent Bullying
Health Officials Stress Recognizing Partner Abuse
Tobacco Industry Blows Smoke to Protect Cigarette Sales - New Resource Clears the Air

June
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
Health Officials Offer Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses and Deaths
Fill In The Blank News Release: Summer Safety Tips
Fill In The Blank News Release: Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun
Oklahoma State Board of Health Elects New Officers
State Board of Health Moves Again to Address Secondhand Smoke
Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Classes Available to Help People with Arthritis
National HIV Testing Day, June 27
State Health Officials Looking for Kittens that May Have Been Exposed to Rabies
Oklahomans “On Watch” for West Nile Virus
Spark Safely this Fourth of July
Leave Your Child in Safe Hands When Hiring a Sitter
Kittens Found
McDonald’s Joins Health Department’s Efforts to Promote Childhood Immunizations
Comments on WIC State Plan Requested
Health Officials Praise Governor's Action on Public Place Smoking Rules
Health Officials Offer Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses and Deaths
Health Officials Warn of Dangers of Oral Piercing
30-Day Implementation Period for Smoking Rules Starts July 1 - Toll-Free Information Line & Free Decals Available

July
Restaurants Choosing to go Smoke Free
Avoid the "Back to School" Rush - Get Shots Now
Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Back-to-School Immunizations
Temporary Restraining Order Won't Halt Smoking Rule Enforcement for All Restaurants
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma
World Breastfeeding Week Promotes Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies
State Health Officials Respond to Judge’s Ruling on Secondhand Smoke Rules
Mammography Toolkit for Medical Providers Wins Governor's Award

August
State Health Department Files Action on Tobacco Lawsuit
More Avian Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma
Health Officials Investigate Probable Hantavirus Death
Interim State of the State’s Health Report Focuses on Health Disparities
Pertussis on the Rise in Oklahoma
Child Passenter Safety Training Scheduled - Durant, OK
Child Passenter Safety Training Scheduled - Idabel, OK
State Health Department Files Appeal on Tobacco Lawsuit
Oklahoma’s Immunization Rate Improves, But More Progress Needed
Get Back To School Safely
Early Registration Encouraged for 2002 HIV/AIDS Conference
Heirloom Birth Certificates Make Great Back-to-School Gifts
State Health Officials Announce Two Probable Human Cases of West Nile Virus
State Health Commissioner Denies License Renewal for AmCare Health Plan
Oklahoman Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award
Conference to Focus on 9-11 Impact on Rural Health

September
Clergy Training for HIV/STD Prevention Among African Americans Offered
Give Your Baby a Healthy and Safe Start
Oklahomans Will Walk for Health on October 2
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
State Board of Health Meets Thursday
West Nile Virus Radio PSA's
September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month
September is Healthy Aging Month
Health Officials Issue Advisory to Employers on Workplace Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
State Board of Health Issues Resolution in Support of Commissioner of Health
Nutritious Eating Habits Teach Toddlers Healthy Eating Habits for Life
Health Education Urged At 13th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference
Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives
Media Advisory: Walk for Health

October
Timely Delivery of Flu Vaccine Expected This Year
School Nurses Celebrate 100 Years of Caring During Child Health Month
Oklahoma Safe Kids Coalition Responds to New National Report on Child Pedestrian Safety
Eldercare Conference Seeks to Help Elders Stay in Their Own Homes
State Health Officials Encourage “Team Up for Fire Safety”
Health Education Week Focuses on Internet Education Resources
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
AmCare Wind Down in Process Members and Providers Should File Claims by
Nov. 1

Newcastle Fire Department, State Health Department and Community Organizations “Team Up” to Install Smoke Alarms on October 12
Cool Weather Signals Start of House Fire Season
Big Tobacco Behind the Scenes of Oklahoma Lawsuit
Four New Human Cases of West Nile Disease Reported in Oklahoma
Keeping The Treat In Your Child's Halloween
Free Car Seat Check Set In OKC
Diabetes Conference for Health Professionals Set November 15
Fill-In-The-Blank News Release For County Health Departments: Flu Shot Clinics Open for Business
Oklahoma West Nile Virus Case Being Investigated as Transfusion-Related
Public Forum on Health Care Issues For Oklahoma's Gubernatorial Candidates
Public Forum on Health Care Issues For Oklahoma’s Gubernatorial Candidates
National CDC Survey Finds One in Three Adults Have Arthritis
Seven Additional Human Cases of West Nile Disease Reported in Oklahoma

November
State and Federal Health Officials Issue Consumer Alerts
Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Schedules Community Partners Conference
Diabetic Eye Disease is the Focus of National Diabetes Awareness Month
National Health Report Card Notes Dip in Oklahoma’s Health
Foot Care Tips for Diabetics Can Reduce Risk of Amputations
Celebrate Thanksgiving and Family Week with Family Activities
2002 Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey Shows Progress, More Action Needed
OSDH Offers Advice For Preparing A Safe Thanksgiving Meal
World AIDS Day Scheduled for Dec. 1, 2002 Theme is “ Stigma and Discrimination”
Children at Higher Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

December
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments: Get Your Flu Shot
Knowing the Facts about Diabetes Can Save Lives
Flu Confirmed in Oklahoma Vaccination Levels are Improving
Children First Nurse Home Visitation Program Scores Some Success
Toy Safety
“Super Sitters” Class Set for Holiday Break
Is it the Flu or a Cold?
New Year’s Resolution - It’s Better to Quit than Switch “Low-Tar” Cigarettes Not Safer

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