Image of the letter For the past eight years, the State Board of Health has presented an annual State of the State’s Health Report to the citizens of Oklahoma. We have highlighted some very disturbing trends. The health status of our people by a variety of measures is considerably worse than the nation at large. These trends can be improved if corrective actions are taken.
Two years ago we initiated an annual Interim Report to be released mid-year, a report to focus in greater detail on specific issues that account for our poor health status. Last year in a joint effort with the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, we published an Interim Report on Mental and Addictive Disorders. In 2002, we published “The Haves and Have-Nots,” which detailed the very signifi cant health disparities among Oklahoma’s ethnic minorities. The Oklahoma Legislature responded by creating a Task Force to study these issues.
Oklahoma, for the first time, has participated in the statewide Youth Risk Behavior Survey, developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool has allowed us to take the pulse on the state of our adolescents’ health — an important step — since we know that health risk behaviors contribute to leading causes of death, leading causes of disability, major social problems, and over time, increased health care costs.
Thus, the focus of our 2004 Interim Report is those health risk behaviors that typically develop in adolescence and frequently are maintained over a lifetime. In this report, Oklahoma data will becompared with national data, some consequences will be reviewed, and possible interventions suggested.
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Introduction | Youth Risk Behaviors | Positive Youth Development
Call To Action | Recommendations | Healthy People 2010 Objectives
Board Of Health | State of the State's Health | Oklahoma State Department of Health

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State of the State's Health Interim Report 2003