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For Release: Jan. 19, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Childhood Improvement

The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting provides OHEC an opportunity to interact with state and local partners to highlight community health initiatives in which they are involved.

The focus for this meeting will be on early childhood development and improvements in Oklahoma. “The RAISING of AMERICA: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation” is the first documentary series to explore how a strong start for children can lead to a healthier more prosperous and more equitable America.  Executive Director for Smart Start Oklahoma, Debra Andersen, will field questions concerning the documentary and will also inform attendees how they can assist and participate in future community screenings of the documentary.

Andersen has been the executive director for Smart Start Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation since June of 2010. Smart Start Oklahoma is dedicated to improving early childhood policies that support all children being prepared when they enter school.

The meeting will also highlight a report on a recent study working with faith-based organizations, addressing public health equity issues within the faith community. OHEC Members Sunshine Cowan, PhD, MPH, MCHES, associate professor at the University of Central Oklahoma and Marshan Marick, MPH, CHES, director, Public Health Program, Langston University will be reporting on this study.

 “OHEC is a statewide coalition seeking to maximize the health potential of all Oklahomans through resources and opportunities available in our communities,” said Richard Marshall, chair, Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign.

For more information about OHEC, videoconferencing locations near you or to RSVP, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410.

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