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For Release: April 8, 2010
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

Place Matters When Improving Health

The Oklahoma Health Equity & Resource Opportunities (HERO) Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, through its partnership with the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign, is collaborating with community organizations to improve the health of Oklahomans by finding ways to reduce inequities in social factors and the surrounding environment.

HERO and its Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign partners will meet with members of the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma, Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Conference of Churches, at the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, 3700 N. Walker Ave. in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, April 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. This video presentation will be followed with discussion led by the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign called “Place Matters” from the PBS documentary series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

"‘Place Matters’ will focus on evidence suggesting that there’s more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes, and that the social environment in which we are born, live and work profoundly affects our well-being and longevity,” said OSDH HERO Director Marisa New Wells. “Please help spread the word to colleagues, constituents, neighbors and family. Your input provides valuable information to help form local initiatives that will benefit your community.”

No RSVP is required but if you would like more information about the meeting, please call Jeff Hamilton at 525-6551.  Parking is available off NW 36th Street; enter church through doors marked, “Chapel Entrance.”      

For more information about the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign, contact Marisa New Wells at 271-9444, x56410, or view this Web site: www.oklahomahealthequitycampaign.com.



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