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FOR RELEASE: February 17 , 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Tenth Annual State of the State’s Health Report Released Today:
A Strong and Healthy Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Health released its tenth annual State of the State’s Health Report today at the State Capitol, noting that while our state’s health status is still struggling, some positive trends are emerging.

The 2006 report, A Strong and Healthy Oklahoma, focuses on 11 key health priorities. For each priority, the report reviews data over the past decade including identification of health disparities, the consequences of not addressing the priorities, and solutions for improvement.

The report states that three factors consistently contribute to Oklahoma’s poor health status: an increase in the proportion of minority populations who may be disproportionately burdened with health disparities, an aging population, and a greater percentage of Oklahoma’s population living in poverty compared to the United States overall.

On a positive note, the report acknowledges significant gains in the last decade in the number of local health partnerships and statewide health coalitions working together on nutrition and fitness activities, school-based health promotion, tobacco use prevention, and community health clinics, among other health issues.

For the third year, the report includes a “Report Card on Health,” which charts Oklahoma’s current health status on a variety of health issues and highlights challenges that remain for improvement.

The 2006 State of the State’s Health Report, along with previous years’ reports, can be found on the Oklahoma State Department of Health Web site at: www.health.ok.gov/board/state.

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