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For Release: Oct. 12, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

Impact of Housing on Health Topic for OHEC Meeting October 25

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) partners will meet to hear speakers discuss “Place Matters: Health, Housing and Equity in Oklahoma” on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 314 at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St. in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend and discuss the impact of housing and environment on health-related issues.

One of the guest speakers is Kate Richey, a policy analyst with the Oklahoma Policy Institute.  Richey will discuss the many implications of housing on health and wellness.  Housing and neighborhoods cover the physical structures, proximity and opportunities for outdoor exercise, exposure to pollutants, and a variety of other issues. Her presentation will also reveal the ways income and resources impact health disparities and housing. Richey has been with the Oklahoma Policy Institute since January 2011, where she researches and writes about the state economy, health care system, immigration policy, and unique aspects of poverty in Oklahoma.

Following Richey, Mary Daniels Dulan, executive director of the Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma, Inc. will speak.  Metropolitan Fair Housing Council of Oklahoma is a private, non-profit fair housing enforcement and advocacy organization. Dulan’s career spans over 43 years as a housing rights advocate and more than 35 years experience in fair housing enforcement, education and outreach.  She will inform attendees about the education and outreach training resources available through fair housing/fair lending seminars to public and private housing providers, community, social service and faith-based organizations.

“The issues surrounding the effects on health of the total environment are too silent: silent killers. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the program on Oct. 25. It will raise your level of awareness and disturb your social conscience,” said OHEC Chair Jeff Hamilton.

For more information about OHEC, videoconferencing locations near you, or to RSVP, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543. Videoconference sites include the following health department locations:

  • Carter County, 405 S. Washington, Ardmore.  Contact Dana Dorsey-Turner or Sharon Ford at (580) 223-9705.
  • Cleveland County (Moore), 424 S. Eastern, Moore. Contact Chelle Samara at (405) 794-1591.
  • Garfield County, 2501 Mercer Dr., Enid. Contact Peggy Melhig at (580) 233-0650.
  • Garvin County, 1809 S. Chickasaw, Pauls Valley. Contact Lori Fisher at (405) 238-7346.
  • Grady County, 2116 Iowa St, Chickasha. Contact Sharon Page at (405) 224-2022.
  • Greer County, 2100 N. Louis Tittle Ave., Mangum. Contact Carolyn Wilson at (580) 782-5531.
  • Hughes County, 200 W. Crestview, Holdenville. Contact Barbara Maxwell at (405) 379-3313.
  • Murray County, 130 Cambridge Dr., Sulphur. Contact Cindy Kesler at (580) 622-3716.
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City. Contact Karla Brown at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543.
  • Rogers County, 2664 N. Hwy. 88, Claremore. Contact Tina Shatto at (918) 341-3166.
  • Seminole County, 1900 Boren Blvd., Seminole. Contact Robin Harris at (405) 382-4369.
  • Washington County, 5121 S.E. Jacquelyn Lane, Bartlesville. Contact Paula Palmer at (918) 335-3005.

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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