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Current Events

2018 Open Streets Event

The Fit Kids Coalition of Southwest Oklahoma, with the support of the City of Lawton, will host its fourth year of biannual Open Streets events. This year’s Fall event is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018. As always, the events will be held on C Avenue, in downtown Lawton. We would LOVE for you to join the fun!

Open Streets is an event concept that turns a city street into a public park with free activities for the whole family to have fun and get moving. The focus of the event is to:

  • Create a sense of community
  • Promote active lifestyles
  • Promote active transportation
  • Provide information regarding available community services
  • Aid in efforts to revitalization the downtown area

For more information click on this link.

Community Baby Shower

Comanche County's 5th Annual Community Baby Shower. 

Date and time: October 2, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Place: Great Plains Technology Center- Building 300 - Worley Seminar Center (Map)

The 5th Annual Comanche County Community Baby Shower. This event is free, and open to all new and expecting parents and caregivers. Come connect to resources in the area, and learn ways to keep your baby safe and healthy.  In addition to valuable information, there will be light refreshments and a chance to win prizes. You won't want to miss out!   For more information please contact Mary Gossett at 580-248-5890 or email MaryGo@health.ok.gov.

Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan

During the spring of 2010, the Comanche County Health Department engaged community partners in an effort to assess the health status of county residents. A Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems in a community. The ultimate goal of this kind of study, which is sometimes called a community diagnosis, is to develop strategies to address pressing local health needs. The results of this original group effort are located on the 2010 CHIP link located on the left banner.

In 2015, using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process, we again surveyed residents asking what the greatest environmental and health challenges they face today.  Through data acquired from the 2015 CHA assessments, the top five equally important challenges identified are:

  • Obesity
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Violence and Crime
  • Substance Abuse (Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs)

On the basis of the results of the 2015 CHA, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was created.  CHIP is a plan for all Comanche County residents comprised of community volunteer work groups including common community goals and key strategies to achieve the best possible outcomes for the challenges identified.  The CHIP will be evaluated annually to assure access is available to live a healthy lifestyle and implemented strategies are showing improvement.  As an ongoing effort to address the community challenges, the 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA) was updated in 2017 to include additional resources.  All residents are encouraged to review the updates and become a part of improving our community.  Please click on the links for more information on both the Revised 2015 CHA and 2015 CHIP.


For more information regarding the 2015 Community Health Assessment or the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan please contact Debbie Lynn at (580) 248-5890 or email debrasl@health.ok.gov .


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: 

  • Diabetes Education Empowerment Program
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Sexual Health Outreach

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.  For Oklahoma information click on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs site.  For current Comanche County Information click on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma 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, Comanche, 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.  For further information please contact Ambrea Marshall at AMarshall@delawarenation.com or call 405-247-9755 x 1118.





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