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Office of Communications
The Office of Communications has overall responsibility for the Oklahoma State Department of Health's internal and external communication while focusing on three key areas: media relations, electronic communications, and publications. Its charge is to assure the agency's public health communications are specific, timely and accurately delivered to target audiences.
The OSDH Web
The OSDH Web began in 1996 and was one of the first Oklahoma agency Web sites online. The OSDH Web’s was re-designed and re-launched in February 15, 2008. The new design was the result of a two-year long redesign process that included looking at the purchasing of new equipment and hiring new personnel, a variety of different designs and countless meetings with various interests groups.
In May of 2007, Secretary of Health and Commissioner of Health Dr. Mike Crutcher made the decision to move the OSDH Web to the state’s official Web portal, www.ok.gov.
As a result of the services OK.gov provides, the move resulted in cost savings for the agency as no new equipment was necessary and no new personnel needed to be hired to manage the site.
Based on research and recommendations by OK.gov, the layout of the site features a ‘user-centered’ approach based on other state’s public health sites, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site (CDC) and data from server logs how users searched for information through OK.gov. The design and color scheme of the site was created by an Office of Communications graphic designer.
The site is now maintained through the OK.gov content management system by one Web manager in the Office of Communications who oversees the training and support of more than 120 Web coordinators from each service area and county. Each service, program or county Web Coordinator is responsible for editing and maintaining their area’s pages. The OSDH Web manager is responsible for final approval of published content.
Site content is currently made up of more than 3,000 pages and directories, and over 6,500 documents from almost every current public health topic relating to Oklahoma, including disease and injury prevention, child and adolescent health information, food safety and inspections
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