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For Release:  June 15, 2010 
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

Community Health Chat to Discuss Minority Health Concerns

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Office of Minority Health will host a Community Health Chat Tuesday, June 22, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Langston University Oklahoma City campus, 4205 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The meeting is open to the public.

This meeting is a follow-up to a February Community Health Chat and was scheduled at the request of community leaders to discuss the findings of the first meeting and plan action steps to address those health priorities identified by the 80 participants who attended that meeting.

The OSDH Office of Minority Health will present the findings from the first meeting and then provide an opportunity for public discussion on the gaps in health services for minority populations including African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Hispanics.

“The February Community Health Chat prioritized health concerns including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, tobacco, obesity, mental health, teen births, infant mortality, cancer, stroke, and unintentional injuries,” said Linda Thomas, director of the OSDH Office of Minority Health. “Our goal is to now reduce gaps in services for these identified health concerns.”

If you are unable to attend the meeting, send your comments to: Oklahoma State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73117 or e-mail minorityhealth@health.ok.gov.   

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