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FOR RELEASE: August 2, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Vital Records to Host a Health Fair in August

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) Vital Records Division will be sponsoring a “Back to School, Back to Health,” health fair during the month of August at its offices at 1000 Northeast Tenth Street in Oklahoma City. Based on last year’s records, nearly 900 birth certificates were issued daily during August, making it a perfect time for public health staff to distribute child health materials.

“By having a health fair during August, we hope to reach parents who come through the Vital Records Office to obtain birth certificates for school enrollment and provide them with important health information for their children,” said OSDH Vital Records Programs Manager Sue Bordeaux.

During the month, many of the health fair booths will be informational only and provide instructions about where to go for direct services. However, during the week of August 8-12, some special activities will take place.

On Monday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ident-a-Kid will be taking pictures, thumbprints, and height and weight of children for ID cards. The charge is $6.00 per card; $8.00 for 2 cards; and $10.00 for 4 cards per child.

Jamba Juice will be participating the week of August 8-12 during the hours of 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday. They will give away free samples of fruit smoothies while supplies last. The Downtown YMCA will also have a booth set up during that week to promote the programs they offer for both children and adults.

Some of the OSDH programs participating in this event are the Child Abuse Prevention, Child Guidance Service, School Health Program, Tobacco Prevention, Immunization, Nutrition, Soonerstart, WIC, Dental Health, OK SAFE Kids Coalition, Injury Prevention, and Arthritis Prevention programs. Staff from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Support Enforcement Division will also be present to assist parents with information about Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement and to assist in completion of those forms.

Birth certificates are issued at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. The Vital Records office locations are:

  • Oklahoma State Department of Health Vital Records Office, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, phone 405/271-4040 (Note: Health fair activities will be held at this location only.)
  • Tulsa Regional Health Center, 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, phone 918/594-4840.

To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, qualified applicants will need to provide the child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, parents’ full names (including the maiden name of the mother), and furnish a government-issued photo I.D.

Qualified applicants for birth certificates include those persons applying for their own certificate as well as immediate next of kin or an authorized agent, who must provide a statement indicating that they are working in the best interest of the registrant and complete the written application, provide proper identification, information, and pay the applicable fees.

The cost for a birth certificate is $10, which will provide for a search for the birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate. Additional copies are $10 each. Correction or additions to birth records require additional fees and submission of required documentation. Instructions and assessment of fees will be made on an individual basis after review of the requested record.

Heirloom birth certificates are available for a fee of $35.00. The search fee is not refundable or transferable. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Vital Records Service, and if applying by mail, a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included for return of the requested certificates.

Additional information regarding birth and death records is available at the official website for the division at http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/vital/index.html.

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