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Adeline Yerkes was appointed to the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women in 2009 by Senate President Pro-Tempore Glenn Coffee. She is the current chairperson of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, She previously has been very active on the OCSW Advisory Council, serving as Co-Chair, and Topical Committee Chair for Physical and Mental Health, and an active volunteer for the 2008 Oklahoma Women's Summit. She is co-chair of the Oklahoma Women's Health Summit 2012.
Mrs. Yerkes graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in nursing sciences, received a master’s degree from the University of Omaha in education with an emphasis on counseling and guidance, received additional education in case management of children with special needs at Case Western Reserve, and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma.
Mrs. Yerkes has over 40 years of experiences in community health from school nursing, visiting nursing, case management of children with special needs, occupational nursing, to public health nursing. For the last 25 years, she has served in an administrative capacity with the Oklahoma State Department of Health as the Chief of Chronic Disease. In this capacity she was appointed to serve as the Oklahoma Liaison for Women’s Health for the State of Oklahoma, reporting to the DHHS Office on Women's Health. She has numerous publications in various areas of health: aging and community mobilization, public health perspective of urinary incontinence, diabetes, mortality of chronic disease, and monographs on various chronic diseases.
She is currently serving as a private consultant in the area of women’s issues specializing in women’s health and as an ambassador for Heart’s Truth.
She has been recognized by several organizations: Lawton Jaycettes, Edmond Charter Chapter, and the Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Children recognized her community organization skills; and she has been recognized for her public health leadership skills by American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control, Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors and the US Postal Service Oklahoma City Area.