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Community and Adult Enhancement Programs

Vision: Empower community members to make informed decisions about personal health choices through promising practices and evidenced based programs, access to care, and information regarding healthy behaviors.  Some our current adult focused programs include:

Heartland OK - This is Oklahoma’s version of the CDC’s Million Hearts Initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. This program is funded by a grant through the CDC.  Heart disease is a major problem in Oklahoma for both men and women (See information flyer).  Heartland OK is an initiative to reduce heart attacks and strokes in targeted Oklahoma counties.  A coordinated care team located at the Comanche County Health Department will work with health care providers to provide free blood pressure checks, track blood pressure readings, make connections to community-based resources, and help patients identify areas to integrate lifestyle change behaviors.  For more information on this program please contact Regional Director, Brandie O'Connor, brandieo@health.ok.gov  or Nursing Services, District Nurse Manager, Rena Evans, SharletE@health.ok.gov.  Their contact telephone number is 580-248-5890.

Diabetes Education Empowerment Program
The Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) in English and Spanish as an educational curriculum designed to engage community residents in self-management practices for prevention and control of diabetes.  The DEEP was developed to provide community residents with the tools to better manage their diabetes in order to reduce complications and lead healthier, longer lives based on principles of empowerment and adult education.  For more information on this program please contact Health Educator, Sarah Lambaria, SarahL@health.ok.gov or Health Educator, James Fields, JamesRF@health.ok.gov.  Their contact telephone number is 580-248-5890.

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches everyday people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.  For more information on this program please contact
Health Educator, Marquise Bishop, MarquiseB@health.ok.gov.  Her contact telephone number is 580-585-6743.

Living Longer, Living Stronger Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - This program is attended by people with different chronic conditions. In classes, individuals learn how to manage, maintain, and increase their life activities. You might be interested in this program if you are an adult age 55 or older with an ongoing health condition. You’ll get support, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover healthy nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.  The following is a link with additional information about the program: livinglongerlivingstronger.org.  If you have questions regarding upcoming classes, please contact Sarah Lambaria at (580) 585-6612 or email SarahL@health.ok.gov.  

Sexual Health Outreach - The primary goal of Health Education staff is to educate the community about sexually transmitted infection rates in our county, prevention methods, and testing information in hopes to positively impact our disproportionately high rates. 

Other Community Coalitions - Our staff serve on numerous coalitions that focus on positive health outcomes. For information on community coalitions that you may become involved in contact our health education staff.

 

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