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Current Events

Healthy Baby Learning Series

We are about to begin our Healthy Baby Learning Series here at Comanche County Health Department. These are free classes that will be held the last Thursday of the month from May – August.  The classes are open to all expecting and new parents and caregivers. The first class will be held May 25th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. The topic this month is bonding with your baby (“I Love You Rituals”); Lynn Null from OSU Extension will be speaking. The classes last approximately one hour, and include light refreshments and the chance to win a door prize.  See flyer for more information.  If you have questions, please email MarquiseB@health.ok.gov or call (580) 585-6743.

Car Seat Installation Sessions

Safe Kids Oklahoma and Comanche County Health Department will be in the area conducting car seat installation sessions (See Flyer).  Come learn from Nationally Certified Technicians how to properly install and use your child’s seat!

  • WHERE: Comanche County Health Department
  • WHEN: June 8th from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
  • WHY: Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and injury to children under 14 years of age.  Four out of five car seats are installed or used incorrectly!

To qualify for our program:

  • Please bring proof of assistance (WIC, TANF, etc.)
  • You must be the legal guardian of the child
  • Child must be present or within 6 weeks of due date
  • Please arrive in the vehicle you use most often to transport your child
  • There is a $10.00 co-pay per seat

For more information please contact: Marquise Bishop – Health Educator, (580) 585-6743 or Marquiseb@health.ok.gov

Community Health Assessment

In 2015 as part of an ongoing process, Comanche County once again engaged community partner’s to assess the health of the county using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model. Organizations collected information using the following four assessments:

  • Community Health Status
  • Community Themes and Strengths
  • Local Public Health System
  • Forces of Change

The assessments provided a comprehensive look at Comanche County’s current health outcomes, the factors affecting those outcomes, real or perceived, which influence the health of the community. The community health assessment is a systematic examination of the health status indicators for Comanche County. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community's health needs and identified issues. Although there are many health related issues needing attention, stakeholders voted to focus on the following five priorities:



     Mental Health


     Substance Abuse (Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs) 




Please click on this link to examine the demographics, MAPP assessments, priority elements, and resources that were used during this process.   This document will briefly review these priorities while demonstrating how and why they were chosen for health improvement in Comanche County.  Public input and comments are encouraged and welcomed!  Please contact Debbie Lynn at (580) 248-5890 or email debrasl@health.ok.gov .

To support the Community Health Improvement Plan efforts, our health department staff provides the following Child Health and Adult Enhancement Programs.

Child Health

The vision of our child health focused programs is to decrease unintentional illness and injury in children through promising practice and evidence based health education activities, programs, and coalitions.  Currently these community programs include:

  • School Health Index
  • Improving Infant Outcomes
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Health Education

For current information click on the Child Health Programs tab on the left.

Adult Enhancement Programs

The vision of our adult focused programs is to empower community members to make informed decisions about personal health choices through promising practices and evidence based programs, access to care, and information regarding healthy behaviors.  Currently some of these community programs include: 

  • Living Longer, Living Stronger Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Diabetes Education Empowerment Program
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Sexual Health Outreach
  • Other Community Coalitions

For current information click on the Adult Focused Programs tab on the left.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program is a free statewide certification that showcases organizations and communities that are committed to fostering environments that support healthy choices. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program began in 2003 as a collaborative initiative with four founding partners – the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma State Chamber, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Here are the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs:

For Oklahoma information click on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs site.  For current Comanche County Information click on the Certified Healthy tab on the left.

Native American Injury Prevention…. Kiowa, Caddo, and Comanche Counties
The Native American Injury Prevention Coalition (NAIPC) has been working on decreasing unintentional injuries and educating the community since 1996. This is when representatives from the Apache, Caddo, Cheyenne – Arapaho, Delaware, Ft. Sill Apache, Kiowa, and Wichita and Affiliated tribes came together to do more about injury prevention and started the NAIPC. Currently the coalition is made up of the prior mentioned tribal representatives, community partners like health educators and nurses from county health departments, Indian Health Service public health nurses, educators, health officers, public service programs like teen suicide prevention, and many more supportive people.

Throughout the years the goals of the coalition has changed depending on injury statistics and available community educational opportunities. Currently the Native American Injury Prevention Coalition has quarterly goals where a community educational or outreach event is performed. The goals vary from summer safety to infant mortality to elder falls prevention depending on national initiatives and/or local need.  To locate the current contact information please call Sarah Lambaria at (580) 585-6612, or SarahL@health.ok.gov.


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