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Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Housing Needs

For Release: May 9, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601

The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) meeting on Thursday, May 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 806. The meeting provides OHEC an opportunity to interact with state and local partners to highlight community health initiatives in which they are involved.

This month’s meeting will highlight the Oklahoma Housing Needs Assessment, which was a statewide study that analyzed the affordable housing needs of moderate to low income households. This assessment was done by county, throughout the state and was based on income and population subsets, homeless population, communities’ disaster resiliency, fair housing, residential lead-based paint hazards, and future housing needs.  

The study was conducted by a partnership team of both public and private entities. The team members were Integra Realty Resources, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, School of Regional and City Planning, and DeBruler Inc. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) through the Community Development Block Grant –Disaster Recovery program (CDBG???DR) provided funding, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) in partnership with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), commissioned the study.

Speakers will include:

David Puckett, project team lead, Integra Realty Resources, Tulsa-OKC, he will discuss affordable housing needs in the state.

Dr. Dawn Jourdan, esq., associate professor, director of Division of Regional and City Planning (RCPL) at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss OU’s research on homelessness, disaster resiliency, and fair housing.

Byron DeBruler, DeBruler, Inc. will discuss lead-based paint hazards research and facilitate group discussion.

Greg Jungman, director of Public Housing, HUD Oklahoma City Field Office, will discuss HUD’s proposed rules that would prohibit smoking in public housing developments.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting at OSDH or viewing at local county health departments should, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56543 or email karlab@health.ok.gov for more information.

The following locations are hosting the event via videoconference:

1. Creek County Health Department, 1808 South Hickory, Sapulpa, Oklahoma 74066,  Contact: Pat Danner: 918-224-5531

2. Jackson County Health Department, 401 W. Tamarack Rd., Altus, Contact: Emilee Johnson, 580-482-7308

3. Johnston County Health Department, 1080 S. Byrd, Tishomingo, Contact: Angella Brooks, 580-371-2470

4. Okfuskee County Health Department, 125 N. 2nd, Okemah, Contact: Cindy Casey, 918-623-1800

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

6. Ottawa County Health Department, 1930 N. Elm, Miami, Contact: Veronica Long, 918-542-2481

7. Pontotoc County Health Department, 2330 Arlington St., Ada, Contact: Jill Williams, 580-332-2011

8. Pottawatomie County Health Department, 1904 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, Contact: Glenna McElhany, 405-273-2157

9. Tulsa County Health Dept. (North Campus) 5635 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tulsa, Room 203, Contact: Terri Snodgrass, 918-595-4419

10. Wagoner County Health Department, 212 N. Pierce Ave., Wagoner; Contact: Dedra Shipman, 918- 485-3022

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