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For Release: Feb. 12, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Childhood Improvement and Oklahoma’s Future

The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2:00- 4:00 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. OSDH is located at 1000 NE 10th St. Oklahoma City.

The focus will be on early childhood development and implications for 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. The first one-hour segment will air on PBS in April 2016. Visit www.oeta.tv for more information about the documentary and also education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital television, community resources and show schedules.

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. Smart Start Oklahoma is dedicated to improving early childhood policies that support all children being prepared when they enter school.

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 a study highlighting faith-based organizations and their work with public health equity issues.

“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.

Anyone interested in attending in Oklahoma City, or participating via videoconference at one of the locations listed below should contact (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543 or the following local health departments:

Cleveland County Health Department, 424 S. Eastern, Moore; Contact: Rachelle Samara (405) 794-1591.

Comanche County Health Department, 1010 S. Sheridan, Lawton; Contact: Johnetta Miller, (580) 248-5890.

Garfield County Health Department, 2501 Mercer Dr., Enid; Contact Della Helm, (580) 233-0650.

Muskogee County Health Department, 530 S. 34th St., Muskogee; Contact: Lisa Howard, (918) 683-0321.

Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th St., OKC; Contact: Karla McGuire, (405) 271-9444, x56543

Payne County Health Department, 1321 W. 7th Ave., Stillwater; Contact: Lisa Cundiff, (405) 372-8200.

Pontotoc County Health Department, 2330 Arlington St., Ada; Contact: Anita Cariker, (580) 332-2011.

Pottawatomie County Health Department, 1904 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee; Contact: Ruth Larmon, (405) 273-2157.

Tulsa Health Department, 315 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa; Contact Esmeralda Pulido-Tesillo, (918) 582-9355.

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