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For Release: April 29, 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 “community chats” in locations throughout the state 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.

Two chats are scheduled the week of May 5th in Oklahoma City per the following schedule:

  • Monday, May 5, at the OCCC Capitol Hill Center facility,123 S.W. 25th St., Suite 100,Oklahoma City, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, May 6, at Langston University Cooperative Extension, Oklahoma City Campus,  4205 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

“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.”

Persons unable to attend the community chat can participate via an online survey found at http://ohip.health.ok.gov, or email your comments about health to minorityhealth@health.ok.gov, or submit your comments to the below address:

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

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