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FOR RELEASE: August 3, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma State Department of Health Hosts Health Fair this Month

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is sponsoring a “Back to School, Back to Health,” health fair this month at its office at 1000 N.E. 10th St. in Oklahoma City. This is the second year the OSDH has hosted a back-to-school health fair.

“August is a busy month for the OSDH due to the large number of parents coming to our building to get the birth certificates their children need to enroll in school,” said Sue Bordeaux, programs manager for OSDH Vital Records. “While they are waiting for their request for a birth certificate to be processed, the health fair provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to obtain important health information.”

The health fair is a cooperative effort between the OSDH, other state agencies and community partners promoting children's health. OSDH programs participating in the event include Child Abuse Prevention; Tobacco Use Prevention; Immunization; Nutrition; SoonerStart; Women, Infant’s and Children (WIC) program; Dental Health; Safe Kids Oklahoma; and Injury Prevention.

During the week of Aug. 7-11, the following special activities will take place at the Oklahoma City office:

  • Ident-a-Kid will be taking pictures, thumbprints, and height and weight of children for ID cards from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The charge is $6.00 per card.
  • Staff from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Support Enforcement Division will assist parents with information and forms for Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement.

Birth certificates are issued at the OSDH and Tulsa County Health Department offices during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. The Vital Records office locations and phone numbers are: Oklahoma State Department of Health Vital Records Office, 1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, phone 405/271-4040; and the Tulsa Health Department, Central Regional Health Center, 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, phone 918/594-4840. Health fair activities will be held at the Oklahoma City location only.

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 and other proper 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 information regarding birth and death records is available at the OSDH Vital Records Web site: http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/vital/index.html.

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