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FOR RELEASE: October 27 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Allied Health Careers in Demand
National Allied Health Week 2005 Open House

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is joining forces with the OU College of Allied Health to promote Allied Health Professions Week during the week of Nov. 6-12. Health officials want to use this opportunity to encourage more people to enter the allied health professions due to a projected shortage of professionals and an aging population, which have increased the demand for these professionals.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health employs a variety of allied health professionals including audiologists, clinical lab scientists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, health educators, nutritionists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists.

Allied health professionals influence health care delivery by supporting and complementing the role of physicians and other health care specialists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, six of the 10 fastest growing occupations nationwide are in health care. Education options vary from certificate programs to graduate level degrees.

About 30,000 students are enrolled in 1,000 allied health programs in the United States. In Oklahoma, many community colleges and vocational-technical centers provide training for careers in allied health occupations.

The OU College of Allied Health will sponsor two open houses during Allied Health Professions Week to honor allied health care professionals. The first will be at the College of Allied Health at 801 N.E. 13th St., Oklahoma City, on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. The second will be the same date and time at the Schusterman Center, 4502 E. 41st St., in Tulsa. Both will feature a variety of allied health programs.

“We will offer breakout sessions for visitors to receive up-to-date information about the allied health programs. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour labs and talk with allied health faculty,” said Susan Tucker, coordinator of recruitment, OU College of Allied Health. “Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about allied health professions and discover what it is like to be a student in our college. We also will provide information on financial aid and housing.”

For information about the OU College of Allied Health Open House, visit this Web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/. Information about allied health professions is also available online at http://www.asahp.org/ or by calling Melissa Adair, WIC relations and information specialist at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, at 405/271-4676 ext. 50027.

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