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For Release: July 17, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

Affordable Housing and Health Literacy Topics for OHEC July 26 Meeting 

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) partners will meet to hear speakers discuss Affordable Housing Availability: Providing a Foundation for Health in Oklahoma, and The Ins and Outs and Round Abouts of Health Literacy in Oklahoma, on Thursday, July 26, 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 and discuss the impact of these issues on health.

Presenting Affordable Housing Availability: Providing a Foundation for Health in Oklahoma, will be Greg Jungman, director of Public Housing and Vouchers in the Oklahoma City field office of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Jungman’s presentation will demonstrate HUD’s current programs for low-income families and how these programs differ in availability across Oklahoma.  The presentation will highlight the importance of stable, affordable, and quality housing as a platform for good health.

Leslie Gelders, coordinator of the Literacy Resource Office of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, will draw on her more than 20 years experience in the literacy field to present The Ins and Outs and Round Abouts of Health Literacy in Oklahoma. Gelders is one of the key planners for Oklahoma’s First Health Literacy Summit scheduled Sept. 27 in Norman and her presentation will include a summit update.

For more information about OHEC, videoconferencing locations, or to RSVP the Oklahoma City location by July 24, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410, Marisa New, director, OSDH Health Equity & Resource Opportunities Division. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines health equity in public health literature and practice as the opportunity for everyone to attain their full health potential. No one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance. CDC further defines social determinants of health as 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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