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News Memo

For Release: February 20, 2001
Contact: Dick Gunn

Re: Release of the 5th Annual State of the State’s Health
“Working Together to Improve the State of the State’s Health”
Year 2001 Report from the Oklahoma State Board of Health
Date/Time: Thursday, February 22, 2001, 10 a.m.
Location: Blue Room, State Capitol, Oklahoma City

Jay A. Gregory, M.D., President, Oklahoma State Board of Health

Gordon H. Deckert, M.D., Chair, Policy Committee, Oklahoma State Board of Health

Robert J. Weedn, M.D., President, Oklahoma State Medical Association

Valerie Williams, Chair, Oklahoma Turning Point Council

Jerry Regier, Acting Director, Oklahoma State Department of Health and Secretary of Health and Human Services

Background: Since 1997, the Oklahoma State Board of Health has issued an annual State of the State’s Health to provide an assessment of the general health status of Oklahomans. The report identifies public health trends and underlying causes contributing to health status. The 2001 report also focuses on solutions. It emphasizes that physicians, public health professionals, business leaders, state government, faith communities, and others must work together. Coordinated prevention activities through partnerships must be a top priority and are the key to improving Oklahoma’s health status.
Availability: The five-person panel will be available for media questions following the presentation.


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