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For Release: April 8, 2014 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

Office of Minority Health Seeks Input from Minority Communities Concerned About Health

As part of an effort to learn what Oklahomans believe are their most crucial health needs, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a series of four “community chats” from April through June. These meetings will focus specifically on the health concerns of minority communities and the feedback received will be included with other community chat sessions conducted by OSDH and used to update the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan.

The first in the series of four chats with minority communities will be held Monday, April 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Morton Comprehensive Health Services Inc., 1334 North Lansing Ave., Tulsa. Coincidentally, this chat occurs during April’s Minority Health Month, so health officials are hopeful this observance will prompt interest in participation.

“We want to hear from members of minority communities about how they view their health,” said OSDH OMH director Linda Thomas. We’re asking community members to show up! Talk to us and work with us to create solutions that will impact your health and improve Oklahoma’s health rankings.”  

Thomas said among those guests who will be listening intently to community members will be State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. The information obtained will be used to devise strategies to improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes and ultimately reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.

“Oklahoma has consistently ranked at the bottom of national health rankings,” said Thomas. “Through the community health chat process, we hope to partner with communities to make a difference in the lives and health status of Oklahomans.”

After Tulsa, future community meetings will be held in Guymon and Oklahoma City per the following schedule:

  • May 5, 2014, the OCCC Capitol Hill Center facility,123 SW 25 St. Suite 100,Oklahoma City, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
  • May 6, 2014, Langston University, OKC Campus,  4205 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • June 19, 2014, Guymon Public Library, 1718 N. Oklahoma, Guymon, 5 pm to 7 pm

If you are unable to attend a meeting, you can write to the address below or email your comments about health concerns to the following:

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Office of Minority Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Or e-mail: minorityhealth@health.ok.gov

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