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FOR RELEASE: February 24 , 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Faith-Based Partnership for Health, Wellness and Computer
Technology Sites Training Scheduled March 4

The Oklahoma State Department of Health Faith-Based Partnership For Health, Wellness and Computer Technology Initiative (FBPHWCT) will hold a partnership workshop on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 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. The partnerships are aimed at eliminating health, wellness and computer technology disparities among the racial and ethnic minorities in Oklahoma.

The primary focus of this workshop is to train the site coordinators on how to introduce health at home in their communities. Home health-care manuals will be distributed to participants attending the workshop. The purpose is to reduce the unnecessary use of emergency rooms, which is a major problem in driving up the cost of health care.
The FBPHWCT network was formed in October 2004 and currently has 21 sites across the state. Cities with FBPHWCT partnership projects include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Durant, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Concho, El Reno, and Okmulgee. Seven new sites located in Okmulgee, Spencer, Taft, Oklahoma City, Norman, Bartlesville and Guthrie will be added to the initiative by April 30.

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.

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

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