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FOR RELEASE: March 21, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Media Advisory
News Conference on World TB Day Thursday, March 24th

What:
News conference to provide information about tuberculosis (TB) in Oklahoma with an emphasis on American Indian diabetic populations.

When:
Thursday, March 24, at 10 a.m.

Where:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City
Conference Room 307

Featuring:
James M. Crutcher, M.D., M.P.H.
Commissioner of Health, Oklahoma State Department of Health
(Global /National Overview)

Jon Tillinghast, M.D., M.P.H.
TB Control Officer, Oklahoma State Department of Health
(State Overview)

Dale G. Claflin, M.D., M.P.H.
President, Oklahoma Coalition for the Elimination of Tuberculosis
Medical Director, Oklahoma City-County Health Department
(TB Coalition Overview)

John Farris
Chief Medical Officer
Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Services
(Specific American Indian Population Overview)

Background: Members representing the Oklahoma Coalition for the Elimination of Tuberculosis will release the 2004 year-end statistics and demographics with a focus on outreach to a high-risk population - American Indians with diabetes. Prevention and intervention programs will be discussed.

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