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FOR RELEASE: September 1 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory

State Health Department to Announce Public Health Response to Hurricane Katrina

What: News Conference to announce the organization of a public health and health care response effort organized by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and its partners to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
When: Tomorrow, Friday, Sept.2, 2005 at 11 a.m.
Where: Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 307, Oklahoma City
Featuring:

Dr. Mike Crutcher
Commissioner, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Albert Ashwood
Director, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Background: This news conference will highlight Oklahoma’s efforts to organize public health and health care worker volunteers to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will be launching a recruitment drive for health care workers and health care professionals for service in hurricane-affected states now and in the weeks and months to come. Also during the news conference, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management will provide an update on its response to the hurricane-related resource and volunteer requests it has received. In addition, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will announce the availability of a temporary waiver of school and child-care facility immunization requirements for children displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The agency will also announce a policy change to allow the Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) program to hasten certification for those hurricane victims who have temporarily relocated to Oklahoma and who qualify for WIC services.

 

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