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For Release: June13, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

OHEC Meeting to Discuss Self Management of Chronic Health Conditions

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) will meet to discuss self management of chronic health conditions on Thursday, June 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 NE 10th St., room 806, Oklahoma City. The meeting will also highlight the OHEC Position Statement on Health and Housing and recent partner developments in promoting affordable and accessible housing.

Speakers from organizations and communities that are implementing the Living Longer, Living Stronger with Chronic Health Conditions self-management program in Oklahoma will discuss the program and answer questions. The six-week community workshops are offered at various locations across the state at no charge and are tailored to reach persons 60 years and older and their caregiver. Persons who are living with various chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain and anxiety, can benefit the most from participating in the community workshops. The workshops provide a valuable tool to help people with chronic health conditions improve their quality of life. Being able to read isn’t a requirement to participate.

At an OHEC meeting earlier this year, Kate Lorig of  Stanford University presented the science supporting the health, quality of life and cost benefits of chronic disease self management programs for different populations living in the United States and worldwide.  This month’s OHEC meeting will go into more detail about who is implementing the Living Longer, Living Stronger with Chronic Health Conditions program in Oklahoma.  Participants will discuss how to get involved in promoting and referring individuals to participate in the six-week workshops in their areas. 

Those wanting to attend the meeting should call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543, to confirm a seat or check on the availability of county health department videoconference locations. The OHEC meeting in Oklahoma City can be joined at several local county health departments statewide through video conferencing. The following video conferencing locations are participating: 

  • Comanche County Health Department, 1010 S. Sheridan Road, Lawton. Call Johnetta Miller at (580) 248-5890.
  • Muskogee County Health Department, 530 S. 4th St., Muskogee. Call Lisa Howard at (918) 683-0321.
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City. Call Karla Brown at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543.
  • Pontotoc County Health Department, 2330 Arlington St., Room 135, Ada. Call Anita Cariker at (580) 332-2011.
  • Tulsa County Health Department, 3rd & Utica Location, Tulsa. Call Ashley Calloway at (918) 582-9355.
  • Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 E. College St., McAlester.  Call Sandi Choate at (918) 423-1267.
  • Washington County Health Department, 5121 S. E. Jacquelyn, Bartlesville.  Call Paula Palmer at (918) 335-3005.
  • Woodward County Health Department, 1624 Texas Ave., Woodward.  Call Darlene Sanderson at (580) 256-6416.

Several Living Longer, Living Stronger Workshops are scheduled throughout the state this summer. These free community workshops provide peer support as the group learns practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, better nutrition and exercise choices, understanding new treatment choices, and learning better ways to discuss your health with your health care provider and family members. The following is a list of workshops scheduled to begin in July.

  • Citizens Bank, 402 W. Broadway St., Okemah, (918) 623-1800. Start Date: July 7, 2013.
  • Muskogee Swim and Fitness, 566 N. 6th St., Muskogee, (918) 683-0321. Start Date: July 17, 2013.
  • Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 E. College Ave., McAlester, (918) 424-6499. Start Date: July 17, 2013.

Questions regarding the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign or activities of the OSDH Health Equity & Resource Opportunities Division should be directed to Marisa New at (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410.

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