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Comanche County Health Department Community

Current Events                                                                                            

Comanche County Poverty Simulation for Decision Makers

by Comanche County CHIP Poverty Workgroup  (See Poverty tab on left for more information about this group.)

This free interactive simulation is designed to help local decision makers begin to understand what it might be like to live for one month in a typical low-income family. A discussion will follow providing an opportunity to assess and address these concerns in Comanche County.  Website Information

WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:30PM-8:30PM

WHERE: Great Plains Technology Center, Worley Seminar Center

WHO: city, county and state decision makers, employees and public representatives for Comanche County, Oklahoma

For more information please email: debraej@health.ok.gov

Community Nutrition Education

Nutrition Education classes are currently being held at Comanche County Health Department and FT. Sill.  Nutrition classes are offered at Comanche County Health Department on the first and third Fridays and on Fort Sill on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  To validate times and topic information please call 580-585-6625 for Comanche County Health Department information and 580-558-8413 or 580-585-6625 for FT. Sill information.

Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan

Comanche County Health Department originally engaged community partners in 2010 in an effort to assess the health status of county residents. A Community Health Assessment (CHA) was taken at that time.  A 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 was updated in January 2019 and 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 2019 to include additional resources.  All residents are encouraged to review the updates and become a part of improving our community.  Any suggestions or comments can be directed to Debra Lynn at debrasl@health.ok.govPlease click on the links for more information on both the Revised 2015 CHA and Updated 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
  • Oklahoma Caring Van
  • 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: 

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Health Education
  • Tai Chi - Moving for Better Balance

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.





FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Comanche Co Health Department

1010 South Sheridan, Lawton, OK 73502

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