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For Release: February 13, 2014 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – 405.271.5601

OHEC Meeting to Discuss How Vision Impacts Literacy and Quality of Life 

The importance of vision on the ability of children and adults to read, learn and progress in life will be the focus of the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign’s (OHEC) first meeting of the new year on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th St., room 314, Oklahoma City.

Guest speaker will be Carolanne H. Roach, OD, whose career has focused on vision training/therapy, pediatric vision care, acquired/ traumatic brain injury vision care, and low vision rehabilitation. Dr. Roach will lead the discussion on how vision develops in infants, the components of vision that affect reading in school-age children and symptoms related to those conditions, and conditions that affect reading in the older population.

“This session is a wonderful opportunity to be reminded of the role of good vision in the learning process. Limited vision can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life,” said Jeff Hamilton, OHEC chair. “Too often we take the role of vision in our daily lives for granted, forgetting how dependent we are on vision for routine matters at work, school, home and even shopping. Like routine health or dental exams, vision checkups enhance our prospects for an improved quality of life -- physically, socially and economically.” 

While this meeting will originate from Oklahoma City, health department sites are also available at the below locations.  If your local health department is not listed, please call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543 or email karlab@health.ok.gov to check on its availability. 

·         Cherokee County Health Department, 912 S. College, Tahlequah

Contact: Larryn Harrison, (918) 456-8826

·         Choctaw County Health Department, 103 S. 4th St., Hugo

Contact: Deanna Nesbit, (580) 326-8821

·         Comanche County Health Department, 1010 S. Sheridan Road, Lawton

Contact: Patricia Bybee, (580) 248-5890

·         Cleveland County Health Department, 250 12th Ave. NE, Norman 

Contact: Trent Bourland, (405) 321-4048

·         Craig County Health Department, 115 E. Delaware, Vinita

Contact: Jennifer Dehart, (918) 256-7531

·         Kay County Health Department, 433 Fairview, Ponca City

Contact: Pam Payne, (580) 762-1641

·         Jackson County Health Department, 401 W. Tamarack Road, Altus

Contact: Carolyn Gill, (580) 482-7308

·         Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City

Contact: Karla McGuire, (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543

·         Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 East College Ave., McAlester

Contact: Margaret Key, (918) 423-1267

·         Pottawatomie County Health Department, 1904 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee

Contact: Glenna McElhaney, (405) 273-2157

·         Tulsa Health Department, 3rd & Utica, Grand Ballroom, Tulsa

Contact: Susan Hedges or Sandra Ewing, (918) 594-4707

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines health equity in public health literature and practice as the opportunity for everyone to attain their full health potential. No one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance. CDC further defines social determinants of health as life-enhancing resources such as food supply, housing, economic and social relationships, transportation, education, and health care, whose distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life.

For more information regarding OHEC meetings and activities, visit www.OKHealthEquity.org  or call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410, or email Marisa New, director of OSDH Health Equity and Resource Opportunities, at Marisan@health.ok.gov.



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