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FOR RELEASE: August 9 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Faith-Based Partnership Recruit for Health, Wellness and Computer Technology Sites Statewide

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Faith-Based Partnership For Health\Wellness and Computer Technology Initiative (FBPHWCT) is on schedule to set-up 30 partnership sites statewide by the end of the year. These collaborative partnerships each will develop their own strategic plan aimed at eliminating health\wellness and computer technology disparities among the racial and ethnic minorities in Oklahoma.

The FBPHWCT network was formed in October of last year and currently, there are 14 FBPHWCT sites across the state. These sites receive Dell computers, software; grant writing and other technical assistance with other resources to address disparities in their community. Current FBPHWCT partnership members include: ten sites in the Oklahoma City area; one in Tulsa, Muskogee, Duncan, and Lawton, Oklahoma.

Ongoing training for partners will begin with the first site development workshop on Sat., August 13, at 8:30 AM at Java Dave’s Downtown Restaurant, 10 NE 10th Street, in Oklahoma City. All current sites are required to participate and send a site coordinator or representatives to these workshops.

For more information about the faith-based health, wellness and technology community initiatives, and how your organization can get involved, contact OSDH FBPHWCT Project Coordinator Tom Nash at 405/271-9444 x 56534.

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