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For Release:  October 11, 2011 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601

OHEC Meeting to Discuss How “Place” Impacts Your Health

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) partners will meet this month to screen and discuss part of the PBS documentary series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” with a focus on the segment “Place Matters”.  The public is invited to attend and provide ideas on how to get involved in making changes to improve the health of families and local communities in Oklahoma. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 314 at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St. in Oklahoma City. Videoconference locations are available.

OHEC Steering Committee Members Dan Schiedel and Richard Marshall will facilitate the discussion “Beyond Medical Care, Lifestyles and Genes.” Discussions encourage the community to get involved in developing and changing local policies, educational and community projects to improve life where they live, work and play.

Marshall is a certified public housing manager and certified Section 8 administrator and has worked for the Oklahoma City Housing Authority as the director of leased housing since 1992. Schiedel is an executive producer and 23-year veteran of Public Service Broadcasting, currently serving as general manager of RSU Public TV in Claremore.

 “This event is an opportunity to participate in a meaningful conversation about reasonable efforts to improve the quality of life of all Oklahomans,” said Jeff Hamilton, OHEC chair.

To participate, please RSVP by calling (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410.  If you live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, you may join a videoconference from one of the following county health department (CHD) locations:

  • Comanche County Health Department- 1010 S. Sheridan Rd., Lawton. Contact Gail Bybee (580) 585-6616.
  • Central Regional Health Center, Tulsa City-County Health Department - 315 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa. Contact Ingrid Brown (918) 595-4551.
  • Harper County Health Department, 7th and 0klahoma, Suite 9, Laverne. Contact Lanette Terry (580) 921-2029.

If your county health department is not listed, please call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410 before Friday, Oct. 17, to check on its availability. To learn more about upcoming Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign events, contact Marisa New at marisan@health.ok.gov.    

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Editor’s Note:  What is health equity? A basic principle of public health is that all people have a right to health. Health equity, as understood in public health literature and practice, is when everyone has the opportunity to “attain their full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.”  Social determinants of health are life-enhancing resources, such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education, and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life.

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