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FOR RELEASE: April 4, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

Media Advisory
Ninth Annual State of the State’s Health Report Released Tomorrow

What: News Conference – Oklahoma State Board of Health releases its
2005 State of the State’s Health Report: Investing in Prevention
When: Tomorrow – Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m.
Where: Governor’s Large Conference Room
Second Floor, State Capitol

Glen E. Diacon Jr., M.D.
President, Oklahoma State Board of Health

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

Martha Burger
Treasurer and Senior Vice President – Human Resources
Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Background: The State Board of Health’s 2005 State of the State’s Health
Report: A Lifetime of Prevention, marks the ninth annual report
submitted to the citizens of Oklahoma. This year’s report focuses on the economic consequences of Oklahoma’s relatively poor health status. The Board asserts that a lack of investment in preventive health services strains Oklahoma’s economy, with the result that our health care system and business community cannot sustain rapidly increasing costs of treatment for poor health outcomes. The report offers a series of recommendations designed to reverse this trend.


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