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For Release: February 23, 2012 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

OHEC to Discuss Nation’s Health Care System

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) partners will discuss “A 21st Century Approach to Prevention: Improving Health and Safety, and Promoting Health Equity” at their meeting Thursday, March 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th St., room 806, Oklahoma City.

Larry Cohen, founder and executive director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving community health and equity, will share prevention successes and opportunities for public health and community partnerships to work collaboratively toward improving health, safety, and equity. His comments will include discussion on changing the nation’s health care system from one that focuses on “sick care” to one that promotes health.

To join by videoconference from your local health department, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410 or attend at one of the following locations:

  • Carter CHD, 405 S. Washington, Ardmore. Contact: Dana Dorsey-Turner (580) 223-9705
  • Comanche CHD, 1010 S. Sheridan, Lawton. Contact: Gail Bybee, (580) 248-5890
  • Garfield CHD, 2501 Mercer Drive, Enid.  Contact: Peggy Mehlig, (580) 233-0650 ext. 136
  • Garvin CHD, 1809 S. Chickasaw, Pauls Valley. Contact: Lori Fisher, (405)238-7346
  • Grady CHD, 2116 Iowa, Chickasha. Contact: Contact: Sharon Page, (405) 224-2022
  • Muskogee CHD, 530 S. 34th, Muskogee. Contact: Lisa Howard, (918) 683-0321
  • Oklahoma City CHD, 921 NE 23, Oklahoma City. Contact Tracy McKeown, (405) 556-0656
  • Stephens CHD, 1401 West Bois D Arc Avenue, Duncan.  Contact: Retha Frank, (580) 252-0270
  • Tulsa Health Department - Central Regional Health Center, 315 S. Utica Avenue, Tulsa. Contact:  Daphne Gaulden (918) 595-4039 or dgaulden2@tulsa-health.org

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.

For more information about OHEC or the upcoming meeting, contact: Marisa New, director, OSDH Health Equity & Resource Opportunities Division, (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410. 

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