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FOR RELEASE: April 20 , 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Faith-Based Partnership for Health, Wellness and Computer Technology Sites Training Scheduled May 6

The Oklahoma State Department of Health Faith-Based Partnership For Health, Wellness and Computer Technology Initiative (FBPHWCT) will hold a partnership workshop on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Java Dave’s Restaurant, 10 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City. The workshop is part of an ongoing series of training sessions designed to provide technical assistance to develop faith-based partnerships for health, wellness and computer technology sites statewide.

“We expect to have up to 40 partnerships sites represented at the training. Our main goal is to eliminate health, wellness and computer technology disparities among the racial and ethnic minorities in Oklahoma,” said FBPHWCT Project Coordinator Tom Nash.

The primary focus of this workshop is to continue the efforts to provide technical assistance and resources to help develop sites across the state. The site coordinators will be trained on how to introduce health at home in their communities. Home health-care manuals will be distributed to participants attending the workshop. The objective is to help reduce the number of unnecessary visits to emergency rooms, which is driving up the cost of health care.

The FBPHWCT network was formed in October 2004 and is currently approaching 30 sites across the state. Cities with FBPHWCT partnership projects include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Durant, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Concho, El Reno, Okmulgee, Spencer, and Taft. Additional sites planning to open this year include Midwest City, Watonga, Bartlesville, and Guthrie.

Sites receive Dell computers, software, grant writing and technical assistance, and other resources to address health, wellness and computer technology disparities in their community. All current sites are required to participate and send a site coordinator or representative to these workshops.

“We are in the process of identifying software to set up tutorial programs for students who need additional help in their class work. Also, we are assisting the community in developing job search skills, assisting with the job search and placement online working directly with company human resource departments, and submitting job applications from the individual sites to companies,” Nash said.

For more information about the faith-based health, wellness and technology community initiatives and how your organization can get involved, phone Tom Nash, Oklahoma State Department of Health FBPHWCT project coordinator, at 405/271-9444 x 56534.

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