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FOR RELEASE: October 14, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma State Department of Health Honored
for Outstanding Initiative

The Man-2-Man Sexual Assault Prevention Education Program, conducted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to train colleges and universities on ways to prevent sexual assault, was recently honored by the national Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) with its 2004 Vision Award. ASTHO presented the award to Oklahoma State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher during the association’s annual meeting Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 in St. Paul, Minn.

The ASTHO Vision Awards are presented each year to honor outstanding state health department programs and initiatives. The awards provide peer recognition and increased awareness of creative state health programs and encourage other states to replicate those programs.

“It is always an honor for our staff to receive recognition for their hard work and efforts to improve the health status of Oklahomans. Today, many young people face school climates where they are exposed to bullying, sexual harassment, gender violence, and sexual assault. The Man-2-Man program provides a unique approach to educating and preventing sexual assaults and it is our hope that more colleges will adopt similar programs for their campuses,” said Crutcher.

The Man-2-Man Sexual Assault Prevention Education Program provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to be trained in sexual assault prevention education for use with their male students, so that young men understand the trauma of rape and sexual coercion, are more aware of the seriousness of dating misunderstandings, and can be of help to rape survivors. With the Man-2-Man program, OSDH contracts with public colleges and universities to provide prevention education to males on campus. Male college personnel provide training and information covering what men can do to stop sexual assaults and how to help sexual assault survivors.

Oklahoma participating state colleges are: Carl Albert State College, Poteau; East Central University, Ada; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami; Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva; Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa; Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Panhandle University, Goodwell; OSU Okmulgee Tech, Okmulgee; Rose State College, Midwest City; Seminole State College, Seminole; Southeastern Oklahoma State College, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha; and Western Oklahoma State College, Altus. For information about how your college or university can participate in the Man-2-Man Program, please contact Steve Nedbalek, OSDH Chronic Disease Service, at 405-271-4072.

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice.

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