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For Release:  July 13, 2010
Contact:  Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405 271-5601)

OHEC to Discuss Planning Healthy Communities at July 20 Meeting  

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Partners will meet to discuss “Planning for a Healthy Future,” on Tuesday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in Room 314 at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th St. in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend.

The guest speaker is Oklahoma City Planner Ken Bryan, AICP, who will discuss how planning topics such as land use, transportation, housing, food systems, and public education can be used to support health equity. Bryan will discuss the process used in Oklahoma City to write a new city-wide comprehensive plan, known as planOKC.  He will identify some of the challenges that Oklahoma City and other communities face and discuss how the planOKC process can help to identify tools to address them.

Bryan is a certified senior planner for the City of Oklahoma City’s Planning Department. He led the team that completed a long-range plan for the far northwest portion of Oklahoma City and is currently coordinating the effort to rewrite Oklahoma City’s comprehensive plan.

“This is an opportunity for those attending to hear how improving the built environment in our communities statewide will enhance the health, wellbeing and safety of residents. Decisions concerning land use, zoning and community design impact our health. Citizen involvement in the planning process is crucial for the short- and long-term health of the community,” said Marisa New Wells, director of OSDH Health Equity and Resource Opportunities.

RSVP by calling (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543.  If you live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, you may join from one of the following county health departments:

• Cleveland County Health Department -  250 12th Ave. NE, Norman
Contact Sherrie Autry - (405) 321-4048

• Rogers County Health Department - 2664 N. Highway 88 Unit A, Claremore
Contact Tina Shatto - (918) 341-3166

If your county health department is not listed, please call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543 before Friday, July 16, to check on its availability. To learn more about upcoming HERO events, contact Marisa New Wells at e-mail marisan@health.ok.gov.   

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