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July 24, 2017 Office of Communications World Breastfeeding Week: Supporting Breastfeeding - Together For Release – July 24, 2017 Cody McDonell, Office of Communications 405-271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is promoting World Breastfeeding Week August 1st through 7th, with the theme Supporting Breastfeeding – Together. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of working together for the common good. In order to meet breastfeeding duration goals, it is important for mothers to receive support from...Read More

July 18, 2017 Office of Communications Health Officials Warn Residents of Heat-Related Illnesses For Immediate Release: July 18, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Summer is heating up, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illness. Each year, approximately 620 people die from heat-related illness in the United States. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia...Read More

July 14, 2017 Office of Communications Notice of Public Comment Period for Oklahoma Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver For Release July 14, 2017 Contact: Tony Sellars 405-271-5601 The Oklahoma Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary (HHS), in conjunction with the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), has developed a 1332 State Innovation Waiver pursuant to House Bill 2406 to create a Market Stabilization Program to waive certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), assume state control and regulation of the Oklahoma individual health insurance...Read More

July 14, 2017 Office of Communications Plan to Obtain Back to School Birth Certificates Now For Release: July 14, 2017 Contact: Cody McDonell, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines to get their children’s birth certificates. Early August is usually the busiest time of the year to get birth records for children going back to school. Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City - OSDH,...Read More

July 12, 2017 Office of Communications Dr. Edward Legako named to Oklahoma State Board of Health For Release – July 12, 2017 Tony Sellars, Office of Communications 405-271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health welcomed new board member Dr. Edward Legako of Lawton during their July meeting. Dr. Legako will represent Blaine, Kingfisher, Canadian, Caddo, Grady, Comanche, Jefferson, Stephens and Cotton counties. His appointment by Governor Mary Fallin is subject to Senate confirmation in 2018. A graduate of the University of...Read More

July 10, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: July 10, 2017 State Board of Health Meets Tuesday The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 11. Agenda for the meeting follows: Agenda for the 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Regular Meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Health Posted at www.health.ok.gov Oklahoma State Department of Health 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 1102 Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299...Read More

July 6, 2017 Office of Communications OSDH Announces Rule Changes for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers For Release:  July 6, 2017 – Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 New design and safety standards for hospital and ambulatory surgical center construction will go into effect Oct. 1. The standards administered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) were adopted by the State Board of Health in February and approved by Governor Mary Fallin June 13. The changes in OSDH standards for hospitals and surgical centers...Read More

June 26, 2017 Office of Communications Tips to Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July For Release: June 26, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – a time with family, friends, fireworks, a backyard barbecue, and maybe a trip to the lake. However, this American holiday is also one of the most dangerous. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) offers the following safety tips for preventing injuries and illness during this...Read More

June 23, 2017 Office of Communications The Oklahoma State Department of Health Offers Workshops to Become a Tai Chi Instructor For Release: June 23, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications, 405-271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will be hosting “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” instructor training workshops across Oklahoma. Individuals who successfully complete this two-day workshop will be qualified to lead “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” classes. Participants will be expected to help expand this...Read More

June 22, 2017 Office of Communications National HIV Testing Day is June 27 For Release: June 22, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 National HIV Testing Day is Tuesday, June 27, and OSDH encourages everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested at least once in their life as part of their routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 1.2 million people...Read More

June 15, 2017 Office of Communications Health Officials Seeking Anyone Who May Have Been Exposed to Rabid Kitten Found in Oklahoma City For Release: Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is looking for anyone who had direct contact with a rabid kitten found in the area of N.W. 10th and Purdue Street near the Central Oklahoma Winnelson Company on or around June 8. The kitten was orange and white in color and was about 6-8 weeks old. It was flea-infested, and had an unsteady gait, matted eyes, and drainage...Read More

June 1, 2017 Office of Communications Health Initiatives Approved by the Legislature For Release: Thursday, June 1, 2017   Contact: Tony Sellars, Office of Communications 405-271-5601 The health of Oklahomans will benefit from two measures approved by the 2017 session of the legislature. Legislators approved the issuance of bonds for the construction of a new Public Health Laboratory (PHL) and also approved establishing a $1.50 fee charged to wholesalers who distribute cigarettes. By passing the...Read More

May 30, 2017 Office of Communications OSDH Supported by Volunteers During Tornado Recovery Efforts For Release: May 30, 2017 - Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) provides a number of support services for those affected by tornadoes and other natural disasters. These services are often supplemented by a dedicated group of statewide volunteers. Following the tornado which recently hit Elk City, OSDH activated the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC). Nearly 20 OKMRC...Read More

May 26, 2017 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Planning Ahead to Stay Healthy During International Travel For Release: May 26, 2017– Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 As Oklahomans prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging international travelers to do their research to make their trip a healthy one. “It’s important to be proactive by learning about travel advisories for your destination, planning ahead...Read More

May 22, 2017 Office of Communications Think Healthy. Swim Healthy. Be Healthy. For Release: May 22, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 With Memorial Day and summer right around the corner, many Oklahomans will be enjoying activities in and around the pool. However, many may not be aware there are billions of germs floating in the water of community pools, splash pads and other water venues. Pool chemicals kill most germs within minutes, but some live for days, especially in untreated water...Read More

May 19, 2017 Office of Communications Prevention of Injury and Illness After the Storm For Release: May 19, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents to take safety precautions when cleaning up after a disaster. During the May 2013 tornadoes, about half of the injuries occurred during cleanup. The following tips to prevent illnesses and injuries are recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Around the home...Read More

May 16, 2017 Office of Communications Governor Fallin Will Lead "Walk for Wellness" Wednesday For Release: May 16, 2017 Media Advisory What:                         Governor Fallin’s Sixth Annual “Walk for Wellness” When:                        Wednesday, May 17th...Read More

May 10, 2017 Office of Communications Oklahomans Should Be Aware of Ticks, Diseases For Release: May 10, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 A warm spring means Oklahomans are already enjoying outdoor activities, but a bite from a tick could quickly put a damper on the fun. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises persons who participate in outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, bicycle trail riding, yard work and gardening, to follow tick bite prevention precautions....Read More

May 8, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 9. The agenda for the meeting follows: Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of Health Meeting Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:00 AM (CDT) 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73117 Oklahoma State Department of Health, Room 1102 CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS REVIEW OF MINUTES Approval of Minutes for April 11, 2017, Regular Meeting...Read More

May 4, 2017 Office of Communications Public Health Nurses Week Encourages Personal Health, Well-being For Release:  May 4, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 During National Nurses Week May 6-12, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will recognize the approximately 400 public health nurses who work in county health departments and at the OSDH central office in Oklahoma City. Unlike other nursing specialties, public health nursing works to improve the health outcomes of entire...Read More

May 2, 2017 Office of Communications May Marks Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month For Release: May 2, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications, 405-271-5601 In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds parents and healthcare providers that youth need to have conversations with their parents or guardians on decisions and values about sex and the potential consequences. Oklahoma’s teen birth rate is significantly higher than the national...Read More

May 1, 2017 Office of Communications Free Program for Oklahoma Schools Tracks Fitness for Students For Release: May 1, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 In recognition of National Physical Education and Sports Week (May 1 - 7), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds educators about a free program available to measure fitness levels of students. FitnessGram is a tool which provides an accurate assessment of each student’s physical fitness by measuring four components important to...Read More

April 26, 2017 Office of Communications Chronic Hepatitis C Infection Disproportionately Affecting Oklahomans; OSDH Encourages Testing For Release: April 26, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 According to a newly released study, there are an estimated 94,200 Oklahomans living with Hepatitis C virus infection. Estimates were developed by researchers at Emory University in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better understand the number of people in each state living with Hepatitis C. The Oklahoma State...Read More

April 24, 2017 Office of Communications Area Dietitian Wins Annual Laura K. Savage Award For Release: April 24, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program recently hosted the 2017 Registered Dietitian Training. In addition to great speakers and teambuilding exercises, the training featured the annual Laura K. Savage Creativity in Nutrition Education Award. This award allows students and nutrition educators...Read More

April 17, 2017 Office of Communications Volunteers Being Sought for Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps For Release: April 17, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Disasters can strike anywhere at any time. Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a tornado, or a man-made terrorist attack, there is a need for volunteers to respond to all hazards, as well as to provide public health support throughout the year. It is for that reason that the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) was established. The OKMRC,...Read More

April 13, 2017 Office of Communications 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Award Winners Announced For Release: April 12, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) earlier this week recognized five outstanding child abuse prevention leaders and efforts at the State Capitol. The OSDH was honored to present the awards for demonstrated significant and outstanding work in preventing child maltreatment. In addition, two national organizations recognized separate...Read More

April 10, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release:  April 10, 2017 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Agenda for the meeting follows: Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of Health Meeting 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117 Oklahoma State Department of Health, Room 1102 I.     CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS II.    REVIEW OF MINUTES...Read More

April 7, 2017 Office of Communications Nominations Sought for Community Health Champion Awards For Release:  April 7, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC) is seeking nominations to recognize initiatives or projects in Oklahoma which contribute to health improvement and quality of life in communities across the state. The Community Health Champion Award Program recognizes partnerships or coalitions in five categories which align with flagship issues...Read More

March 27, 2017 Office of Communications April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month across the Nation For Release: March 27, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with its networking partners, is working to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring great childhoods for all Oklahoma children. Organizations across the state are working together to host events that demonstrate their commitment to...Read More

March 24, 2017 Office of Communications OSDH Presents Requested Budget Cuts to Legislature For Release: March 24, 2017 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 On request of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has developed plans covering projected scenarios for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The plans are based on 5, 10 or 15% reductions in state appropriations and would affect programs and services currently offered by OSDH. Under...Read More

March 23, 2017 Office of Communications OSDH Provides Tips to Avoid Injury From Flooded Areas For Release: March 23, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 As storm season approaches the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, or driving through floodwaters. During storms with high levels of rainfall, OSDH encourages Oklahomans to evacuate flood prone areas...Read More

March 21, 2017 Office of Communications American Diabetes Alert Day: Find Out If You Are At Risk Today In honor of American Diabetes Alert Day, March 28th, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants Oklahomans to check their risk of developing prediabetes. Alert Day is an opportunity to sound the alarm about the prevalence and risks of Type 2 diabetes by asking Oklahomans to take the risk test. You can find out if you are at risk for developing prediabetes by taking the American Diabetes Association risk test (in English or...Read More

March 16, 2017 Office of Communications National Poison Prevention Week Begins March 19 For Release: March 16, 2017 Poisoning is a common cause of childhood injury, especially among children 6 years old and younger. A poisoning can be caused by any substance that causes a toxic effect or bodily harm, such as medicines, liquid nicotine, or household products. As part of National Poison Prevention Week 2017, March 19-25, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) offers the following safety tips to prevent a poisoning....Read More

March 15, 2017 Office of Communications Time to Prepare for Storm Season For Release: March 15, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications, (405) 271-5601 In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location....Read More

March 10, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of Health Meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:00 AM (CDT) 1010 South Sheridan Lawton Oklahoma 73501 Comanche County Health Department CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS REVIEW OF MINUTES Approval of Minutes for February 14, 2017, Regular Meeting COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTATION Brandie O'Connor, MPH, Regional Director, Comanche, Kiowa, Caddo and Cotton County Health...Read More

March 1, 2017 Office of Communications Krishna Confirmed for New Term on State Board of Health The Oklahoma State Senate has confirmed the reappointment of Dr. R. Murali Krishna to a new nine-year term on the Oklahoma State Board of Health. Governor Mary Fallin made the appointment for Dr. Krishna to serve on the nine-member panel that is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of the citizens of Oklahoma by preventing disease and injury and assuring conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy. His new term...Read More

February 23, 2017 Office of Communications Nominations Sought for Excellence in Child Abuse Prevention For Release:  Feb. 23, 2017 – Cody McDonell, Office of Communications- (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is accepting nominations to recognize persons and organizations for their demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention in Oklahoma. Nominations are due by close of business on Friday, March 17th. Awards will be presented during a special ceremony on Tuesday, April...Read More

February 13, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: February 13, 2017 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, February 14. Agenda for the meeting follows: Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of Health Meeting Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:00 AM (CST) 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73117 Oklahoma State Department of Health, Room 1102...Read More

January 27, 2017 Office of Communications Communities Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids to Raise Awareness About Child Abuse Prevention The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in their ninth annual “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that all of us have a responsibility in helping to protect children. Communities are invited to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees during...Read More

January 23, 2017 Office of Communications Grant Program Helps Increase Quality of Care for Nursing Homes Across the State The care and quality of life for nursing home residents in Oklahoma are improving thanks to projects funded through the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Fund. The CMP Fund is made up of fines collected from nursing homes. These funds are redistributed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and a portion of the monies returned to the state to improve nursing home care. Improvements resulting...Read More

January 17, 2017 Office of Communications Oklahoma Earns March of Dimes Apgar Award for Prematurity Campaign Oklahoma lowered its preterm birth by at least 8 percent since 2010, giving more babies a healthy start in life and earning it the March of Dimes Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award. The state’s preterm birth rate dropped to 10.3 percent in 2015, down from 11.2 percent in 2010. Preterm birth is the number one killer of babies. Babies who survive an early birth often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral...Read More

January 12, 2017 Office of Communications Assuring Safety in a Power Outage For Release: Jan. 12, 2017 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The threat of upcoming severe winter weather shows potential for a number of Oklahomans to be without power for hours and even days. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury. Food Safety OSDH recommends the following guidelines for...Read More

January 12, 2017 Office of Communications Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection For Release: January 12, 2017 January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working closely with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to raise awareness of infections, like Cytomegalovirus (CMV), that may cause birth defects. CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages. More than half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40.  Most...Read More

January 9, 2017 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: January 9, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, January 10. Agenda for the meeting follows: Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of Health Meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:00 AM (CST) 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73117 Oklahoma State Department of Health, Room 1102...Read More

January 9, 2017 Office of Communications New Website Allows Search of Birth and Death Records The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has created a new website, OK2Explore (ok2explore.health.ok.gov), where users can search vital records as well as purchase copies. Kelly Baker, OSDH Registrar of Vital Records, will formally open the new website at the OGS Monthly Meeting on Monday January 9, 2017 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at the Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room, 800 Nazhi Zudi Drive in Oklahoma City....Read More

December 16, 2016 Office of Communications Winter Car Travel Tips OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety The upcoming holiday season means Oklahomans may often be traveling during potentially dangerous winter weather conditions. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event. OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly reminds travelers...Read More

December 12, 2016 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: December 12, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, December 13. Agenda for the meeting follows: Oklahoma State Department of Health State Board of  Health Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2016 11:00 AM (CST) 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117 Oklahoma State Department of Health, Room 1102...Read More

December 2, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Preparedness for Winter Weather For Release: December 2, 2016 As cooler temperatures make their way into the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming winter weather season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event. Cold outdoor temperatures require residents to monitor not only their home temperature, but...Read More

November 22, 2016 Office of Communications Keep Foodborne Illness Off the Holiday Menu For Release: Nov. 22, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The holiday season brings friends, family and lots of good food. From cooking the turkey to homemade pies, it is easy to forget safe food handling practices during the hustle and bustle.  Every year, approximately 48 million people become ill with a foodborne illness. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds everyone to practice food...Read More

November 1, 2016 Office of Communications Thirty Oklahoma Systems Achieve Excellence in Community Water Fluoridation  The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced the list of water systems that have been presented a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities in Oklahoma that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by...Read More

November 1, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Preterm Birth Rates Remain Steady in March of Dimes Report Card National Preterm Birth Rate Increases for the First Time in Eight Years Oklahoma’s grade and preterm birth rate remains a “C” on the 2016 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. The state did improve its rank by eight spots from 26 to 18 in disparities among racial and ethnic groups. Grades for seven states declined in this year’s report. Twenty states and the District of Columbia joined Oklahoma with a grade...Read More

October 27, 2016 Office of Communications Public Health Officials Warn of an Early Start to the Influenza Season in Oklahoma For Release:  October 27, 2016               Contact: Tony Sellars,  405-271-5601     The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) began surveillance for seasonal influenza early this fall and is detecting laboratory confirmed cases of influenza among Oklahomans.  In addition, there have been 14 influenza-associated hospitalizations since...Read More

October 25, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Campaign Featured at Smithsonian in New York City For Release: October 25, 2016 Contact: Tony Sellars, 405-271-5601 or Ken Johnson, OCCHD 405-425-4315 Oklahoma Text4baby Campaign is represented as one of the featured designs at a new exhibition in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibit is called “By the People: Designing a Better America” and Text4baby, the largest mobile health initiative in the nation, is featured as an innovative...Read More

October 24, 2016 Office of Communications Committee Approves Information Portal to Provide Assistance A “one-stop shop” web portal is being developed to serve Oklahomans who are aging or who have a disability. Funding for the new informational web portal has been approved by the Oklahoma Health and Human Services (HHS) Cabinet Committee, Deliver Interoperable Solution Components Utilizing Shared Services (DISCUSS). The portal will be a “one-stop shop” to provide individuals and families with information about...Read More

October 17, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Highlight Health Literacy Month For Release: October 17, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, at the OSDH Central Office. 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...Read More

October 12, 2016 Office of Communications Physicians Urged to Sign Up for Mandated ROVER Program The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges Oklahoma physicians to sign up to electronically certify death records before the legislatively mandated deadline of July 1, 2017. (Oklahoma Statute 63, Section 1-317a.) ROVER (Registering Oklahoma Vital Event Records) is a free, web-based program provided by the OSDH Vital Records Division. It can be easily accessed through Internet Explorer 6.0 or later. For document generation, it uses...Read More

October 3, 2016 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: October 3, 2016 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its annual tri-board meeting Tuesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. The agenda for the meeting is listed below.  Tri-Board of Health Meeting Oklahoma City-County Board of Health (OCCBH) Tulsa City-County Board of Health (TCCBH) Oklahoma State Board of Health (OSBH) Tuesday, October 4,...Read More

September 28, 2016 Office of Communications County Health Departments to Offer Flu Clinics With flu season just around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today that county health departments will begin offering flu vaccine statewide the week of October 3.   Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. “We are...Read More

September 21, 2016 Office of Communications Older Adults Have the Power to Prevent a Fall Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is celebrating the ninth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22. Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls 2016 will highlight three goals that all older adults have the power to achieve: Be ready: Education is the most important...Read More

September 15, 2016 Office of Communications Prematurity Remains a Leading Cause of Infant Deaths in Oklahoma The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) officially recognizes September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month and remains committed to continually highlight the improvements made in lowering Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate (IMR). IMR is defined as the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births; the current IMR in Oklahoma is 7.4, which remains above the national average of 5.9. OSDH and their public health partners have made...Read More

September 14, 2016 Office of Communications Mumps Outbreak Confirmed in Garfield County   Four cases of mumps have been confirmed this week in Garfield County, and at least 34 more suspected cases are under investigation after students in two Enid Public Schools exhibited symptoms of the disease. Those currently affected range in age from less than one-year old to 41 years of age, with the majority of cases being found in middle school and high...Read More

September 12, 2016 Office of Communications State Emergency Medical Service Adopts New Rules For Release: September 12, 2016 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently updated the rules for emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and agencies. The rules went into effect Sept. 11 and will help ensure Oklahomans receive quality time-sensitive care from OSDH-licensed personnel and agencies. OSDH updated the license standards for emergency medical personnel, ambulance services and certified emergency medical...Read More

September 7, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma 'CLICK for Babies' Campaign Seeks Local Volunteers For Release:  September 7, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – 405-271-5601        The Oklahoma “CLICK for Babies” campaign is aimed at raising awareness and educating new parents and guardians on the dangerous effects and outcomes of Shaken Baby Syndrome. To accomplish these goals “CLICK for Babies” is calling on volunteers to knit or crochet newborn...Read More

September 1, 2016 Office of Communications September is National Preparedness Month For Release: Sept. 1, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications, (405) 271-5601 Tips to Prepare Your Family for a Disaster In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan...Read More

August 31, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Teens 2015 Health Behaviors Survey Released For Release:  August 31, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – 405-271-5601 A recent survey conducted among Oklahoma youth has shown a significant decrease in underage smoking and driving distracted, but has also revealed a rise in obesity and video game use. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is conducted every other year in public high...Read More

August 29, 2016 Office of Communications International Overdose Awareness Day Observed Aug. 31 Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is asking Oklahomans to wear silver to show support of International Overdose Awareness Day, Wednesday Aug. 31. Prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma’s largest drug problem, and this day aims to raise awareness of overdoses and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths affecting Oklahomans and their families. Of the more than 5,300 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma from 2007 to 2014, about...Read More

August 29, 2016 Office of Communications State Representative to Receive Public Health Innovator Award Representative Doug Cox is set to receive the Public Health Innovator Award on Wednesday, August 31 at the Oklahoma Turning Point Conference and Policy Day in Norman. Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Commissioner, Dr. Terry Cline will present this award to Cox in regards to his continued efforts to create a better state of health in Oklahoma. Since being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004, Cox, who is also a...Read More

August 24, 2016 Office of Communications Community Health Champions Recognized at Oklahoma Turning Point Conference For Release:  August 24, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 Six Community Health Champion Awards will be presented during the annual Oklahoma Turning Point Conference and Policy Day hosted by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC). The conference will take place August 31-September 1 at the National Center for Employee Development (NCED), Marriott Conference Center (2801 E. State Hwy 9 in...Read More

August 5, 2016 Office of Communications Applications Now Open for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where we live, work, learn, play and pray. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program provides: an assessment to help organizations gauge where they are on supporting health abundant resources to help organizations create healthier environments an annual certification award showcasing organizations actively promoting health...Read More

August 2, 2016 Office of Communications It's Time to Get Vaccines Before Going Back to School For Release:  Aug. 2, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 Getting all of the recommended vaccines is especially important for children of all ages, especially when they are entering a school or a child care center where disease outbreaks can occur. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises that whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to...Read More

July 29, 2016 Office of Communications Parents Reminded to Get Back-to-School Birth Certificates For Release: July 29, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds parents to get their children’s birth certificates for back-to-school season. Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City   Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street....Read More

July 28, 2016 Office of Communications Joint Surveillance Project Discovers Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes in Southwest Oklahoma For Release – July 28, 2016 Tony Sellars, Office of Communications 405-271-5601 This spring, due to public health concerns surrounding Zika virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) began a collaborative mosquito surveillance project with Oklahoma State University (OSU) entomologists to detect the possible presence of Aedes aegypti (yellow fever) mosquitoes in six different Oklahoma communities.  Aedes aegypti are...Read More

July 19, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Offers Workshops to Become a Tai Chi Instructor For Release: July 19, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will be hosting Tai Chi instructor training workshops across Oklahoma. Trainings will be held in Altus, Elk City, Alva and Durant with a limited number of spots available. To enroll in a workshop, contact Avy Redus by phone at 405-271-3430 or by email at AvyD@health.ok.gov. The classes will be held on...Read More

July 18, 2016 Office of Communications Build a Brighter Future by Supporting Breastfeeding The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is promoting World Breastfeeding Week August 1–7 with the theme Breastfeeding: Building a Brighter Future. This year’s theme focuses on how breastfeeding today can impact the future health of families and the environment for generations to come. The benefits of breastfeeding extend through infancy and childhood and even into adulthood. Studies have shown that breastfeeding provides...Read More

July 11, 2016 Office of Communications Health Officials Urge Caution When Swimming in Natural Bodies of Water For Release: July 11, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 As the intense heat of late summer drives Oklahomans to find relief in lakes, rivers and streams, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants to remind everyone of the risk of water related illness as natural bodies of water are not disinfected. Recreational bodies of water can be contaminated with germs from sewage spills, animal waste, water...Read More

July 7, 2016 Office of Communications Summer Heat Prompts Safety Concern for Children For Release: July 7, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Summer is here and with it comes the increased risk of heat stroke, especially for children left in vehicles. Children’s bodies overheat easily making them increasingly susceptible to heat-related illness, especially heat stroke. Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death for children. In the United States, a child dies from...Read More

July 5, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Warns of Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses For Release: July 5, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Approximately 660 deaths occur annually in the United States associated with excess natural heat. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when...Read More

June 30, 2016 Office of Communications Multiple State Agencies Sign Data Sharing Agreement to Better Serve Needs of Oklahomans Several Oklahoma government agencies have collaborated to develop protocols for data sharing with each other in an effort to improve the services they provide. The ability to share data will allow participating agencies to maximize their impact to the public, avoid duplication and waste and deliver programs that best meet the needs of Oklahomans. “Accurate data allows us to more appropriately evaluate the effectiveness of our programs to...Read More

June 28, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Offers Tips for a Safe Fourth of July It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – a time with family, friends, fireworks, a backyard barbecue, and maybe a trip to the lake. However, this American holiday is also one of the most dangerous. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) offers the following safety tips for preventing injuries and illness during this year’s Fourth of July activities:  Firework Safety In areas where fireworks are legal...Read More

June 16, 2016 Office of Communications First Oklahoma Case of West Nile Virus Announced for 2016 Season Mosquito Bite Prevention Advised The first case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease for the 2016 mosquito season in Oklahoma has been confirmed in a Pittsburg County resident. In addition, collections of mosquitoes which tested positive for WNV have been previously reported by public health officials at the Tulsa and Oklahoma City-County Health Departments.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to...Read More

June 13, 2016 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: June 13, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 14 at 9:30 in the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Durant. The agenda for the meeting is listed below. Agenda for the 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Health Posted at www.health.ok.gov Choctaw Nation...Read More

June 9, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Planning Ahead to Stay Healthy During International Travel For Release: June 9, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 As Oklahomans prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging international travelers to do their research to make their trip a healthy one.   “It’s important to be proactive by learning about travel advisories for your destination,...Read More

June 3, 2016 Office of Communications Prescription Drug Abuse Threatens Lives of Oklahomans For Release: June 3, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 It is no secret that prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma’s largest drug problem, taking a toll on too many Oklahomans and their families. Of the more than 5,300 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma from 2007 to 2014, about 80 percent involved at least one prescription drug and nearly 90 percent of those deaths involved prescription...Read More

June 1, 2016 Office of Communications Consumers Warned to Avoid Flour Associated with National E. coli Outbreak For Release: June 1, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has joined public health officials in other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O121 (E. coli) associated with certain General Mills flour products. As of May 31, a total of 38 cases in 20 states are linked to this outbreak,...Read More

May 26, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Partners to Support Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act For Release: May 26, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has partnered with the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information to support a new law that will decrease the risk of children gaining access to liquid nicotine. The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act now requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to hold liquid nicotine packaging to the...Read More

May 20, 2016 Office of Communications Waterborne Diseases Infographic Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs Think Healthy. Swim Healthy. Be Healthy. It’s the time of year to beat the heat by visiting lakes, rivers, pools and splash pads. As Oklahomans gear up for a summer of fun in the water, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages everyone to follow healthy swimming behaviors to prevent spreading diseases and to prevent families from becoming sick.  The week before Memorial Day (May 23-29) has been designated...Read More

May 13, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma State Department of Health WIC Program Wins Award For Release: May 13, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications - (405) 271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program was recently awarded one of 50 StateScoop Awards. These awards are given nationally each year to recognize and honor innovators, innovative initiatives and up-and-coming leaders in state and local government. OSDH’s electronic WIC (eWIC) Program was...Read More

May 12, 2016 Office of Communications Extra Precautions Urged for Teens on Graduation Night For Release: May 12, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications Graduation is one of the most anticipated events in a high school career. For many, walking across the stage to receive a diploma is a bittersweet moment that marks the transition from adolescence to adulthood, leaving the familiar to embrace the future. Pomp and circumstance is usually followed by parties and other celebratory activities, but when underage drinking is...Read More

May 10, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Doctor Named CDC Childhood Immunization Champion The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has announced that Dr. Don Wilber, is Oklahoma’s first CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.  The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is given jointly each year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to recognize individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. ...Read More

May 9, 2016 Office of Communications 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...Read More

May 4, 2016 Office of Communications Emergency Medical Services Providing Lifesaving Drug for Opioid Overdoses In November 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) initiated a program to expand naloxone availability and use among emergency medical personnel across Oklahoma as part of a comprehensive program to reduce opioid drug overdose deaths. Naloxone is a lifesaving medication which can reverse an overdose if given in time. Today, more than 800 EMS personnel have been trained on the use of naloxone. Agencies have reported 42 lives...Read More

May 3, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Housing Needs 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. 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...Read More

May 2, 2016 Office of Communications Public Health Nurses Week Celebrates a Culture of Safety For Release:  May 2, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601 National Nurses Week is May 6-12. During National Nurses Week May 6-12, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will recognize the approximately 400 public health nurses who work in county health departments and at the OSDH central office in Oklahoma City. Unlike other nursing specialties, public health nursing works to...Read More

April 27, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Chosen to Develop Value-Based Approaches to Medicaid Reimbursement for FQHC Oklahoma has been selected as one of six states to participate in the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Value-Based Payment Reform Academy. The goal of this academy is to develop value-based alternative payment methodologies for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) that align with states’ goals for transforming how care is delivered. NASHP is a 28-year old non-profit,...Read More

April 22, 2016 Office of Communications Tips to Prepare Your Family for Severe Weather Season   In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)...Read More

April 19, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Working to Identify Potential Travel-Related Zika Virus Cases in Oklahoma For Release: April 19, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications, 405-271-5601 State Health Department Implementing Preparedness and Testing for Zika Virus As public health and medical professionals are learning more about the effects of the Zika virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) continues to broaden efforts to work with health care providers to identify potential travel-related cases, conduct...Read More

April 13, 2016 Office of Communications National Infant Immunization Week is April 16 - 23 For Release: April 13, 2016 – Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Vaccinations Encouraged for Local, National and World Health The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will observe the celebration of National Infant Immunization Week, April 16 - 23. Hundreds of communities across the United States will unite with countries around the world to highlight the success of vaccines in protecting the health of...Read More

April 12, 2016 Office of Communications 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Award Winners Announced For Release: April 12, 2016 – Corey Robertson, Office of Communications – 405-271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Office of Family Support and Prevention Service (FSPS) officially recognized five outstanding child abuse prevention leaders at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 12. OSDH along with members from the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee selected and honored these individuals and...Read More

April 11, 2016 Office of Communications State Board of Health Meets Tuesday For Release: April 11, 2016 – Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601 The Oklahoma State Board of Health will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma. The scheduled agenda is as follows Agenda for the 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Oklahoma State...Read More

April 11, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Fair Housing Month & National Public Health Week For Release: April 11, 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, April 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 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. This month’s meeting will...Read More

March 25, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Storm Preparedness for Injury Prevention As severe weather season approaches, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds Oklahomans to have an emergency plan in place prior to a tornado. Knowing where to take shelter and having a disaster kit with basic supplies are crucial in surviving a damaging storm and avoiding injuries. OSDH determined that of the 49 deaths associated with the May 2013 tornado events, 70 percent were a direct result of the tornadoes and 30...Read More

March 17, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma State Department of Health Urges Awareness on World Tuberculosis Day A common belief is that modern medical science has destroyed tuberculosis (TB); however, TB remains an epidemic in much of the world. As part of World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, March 24, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants to remind Oklahomans that the disease is still a presence in our state and around the world. Although not broadly advertised, Oklahoma continues to battle TB on a daily basis. The threat of exposure...Read More

March 16, 2016 Office of Communications OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WELCOMES RENOWED PEDIATRICIAN DR. HARVEY KARP The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is proud to welcome Dr. Harvey Karp, nationally renowned pediatrician, child development specialist and assistant professor at Keck School of Medicine at USC. “An Afternoon with Dr. Harvey Karp” will feature two specialized presentations at the Metro Technology Center, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City on April 12, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. Dr. Karp's work on infant calming...Read More

March 11, 2016 Office of Communications National Kick Butts Day Raises Awareness about the Dangers of Cigarettes On March 16, 2016 youth and health advocates nationwide will stand up and speak out against big tobacco, in recognition of Kick Butts Day 2016. Tobacco use continues to be the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, yet over 2,000 youth try their first cigarette each day. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Center for the Advancement of Wellness is encouraging all Oklahoma teachers, students, youth...Read More

March 11, 2016 Office of Communications OKLAHOMA HEALTH EQUITY CAMPAIGN MEETING SET FOR APRIL The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m. (1000 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City). 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 serve to recognize and promote “Fair Housing Month” and...Read More

March 8, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Addresses Budget Cuts in State Board of Health Meeting The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has presented a budget reduction plan to the State Board of Health for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016 and to prepare for reductions in Fiscal Year 2017. OSDH has received a 25% reduction in state appropriations since 2009, from $75 million dollars to $56 million dollars, which includes the latest round of budget cuts announced last week. “The Oklahoma State Board of...Read More

March 4, 2016 Certified Healthy State Board of Health Meets Tuesday The Oklahoma State Board of Health will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at the Citizen Potawatomi Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee. An agenda for the meeting follows:   Agenda for the 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Health Posted at www.health.ok.gov   Citizen Potawatomi Cultural Heritage Center 1899 Gordon Cooper Dr. Shawnee, OK 74801  ...Read More

March 3, 2016 Office of Communications First Case of Zika Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma Travelers The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received confirmation that two state residents acquired the Zika virus during international travel. These are the first laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in Oklahoma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory in Ft. Collins, CO notified OSDH of the results this week. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti...Read More

February 25, 2016 Office of Communications Influenza Activity Increasing in Oklahoma: First Three Deaths of the Season Reported New influenza statistics released today by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) indicate 204 people have been hospitalized, and three people have died in Oklahoma since reporting for the current flu season began Oct. 4, 2015. Influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported statewide while three influenza-associated deaths have occurred among residents of Harper, Rogers and Tulsa counties. Oklahoma has experienced a...Read More

February 24, 2016 Office of Communications A Month for Hearts - Greyson's Story February is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Month and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is continuing its efforts to increase awareness of birth defects and how to prevent them. Every 15 minutes, an infant is born with a congenital heart defect (CHD); they are the most common birth defect and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths.  Melissa Moore is an active member of OSDH’s Screening and Special...Read More

February 12, 2016 Office of Communications 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...Read More

February 1, 2016 Office of Communications Communities Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids to Help Prevent Child Abuse The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) along with various community organizations are working together to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state.  Blue Ribbon Trees will be blossoming throughout Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in their eighthannual “Build...Read More

January 20, 2016 Office of Communications OSDH Stresses the Importance of Folic Acid for Expectant Mothers The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Office of Screening and Special Services is committed to informing Oklahoma mothers of the benefits of making folic acid a healthy habit this new year. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the Folic Acid Awareness Campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid before, during, and after pregnancies. Folic acid is an...Read More

January 18, 2016 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Childhood Improvement The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 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. The focus for this meeting will be on early childhood development and improvements in Oklahoma. “The RAISING of AMERICA: Early...Read More

January 12, 2016 Office of Communications Make a PACT to Prevent Birth Defects January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Nearly every four minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the U.S. That means birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children ages1 to 4.   While these statistics are sobering, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) notes that families can...Read More

December 28, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Provides Tips to Avoid Injury and Illness During a Power Outage The recent storms in the state have left a significant number of Oklahomans without power. Currently, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports more than 50 storm-related injuries, including nine due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury. Heat Safety It’s important to use caution when heating a home with a...Read More

December 27, 2015 Office of Communications Some Counties Closed, OSDH Central Office and Others Open at 10 a.m. Monday Due to Weather Non-essential services will be closed on Monday, December 28, 2015, for the following counties: Kingfisher, Blaine, Garfield, Grant, Alfalfa, Woods,Major, Woodward, Harper,Ellis, Caddo,Grady,Comanche,Stephens, Jefferson, Cotton, T illman, Jackson, Kiowa, Harmon, Greer,  Custer, Beckham, Dewey, Roger Mills and Washita Counties The Commissioner of Public Safety, as authorized by the Governor, has also announced that due to inclement...Read More

December 23, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety The upcoming holiday season means Oklahomans may often be traveling during potentially dangerous winter weather conditions. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event. During the winter storm of December 2013, there were...Read More

December 22, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Outlines Healthy Initiatives for the New Year With the beginning of a new year approaching, the Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) would like to encourage Oklahomans to choose healthy initiatives that can be taken on for 2016. A nationwide poll for 2015 saw Americans choosing a healthier lifestyle in three of the top 10 resolutions made for the year. Losing weight ranked first, staying fit ranked fifth and quit smoking came in at seventh. The latest U.S. Health Rankings has...Read More

December 10, 2015 Office of Communications Oklahoma Climbs in America's Health Rankings Oklahoma improved in America’s Health Rankings, a report issued by United Health Foundation, to 45th overall. The state has improved since ranking 49th in the nation in 2009. The report highlights progress on immunization rates, preventable hospitalizations and a reduction in the adult smoking rate.   The most dramatic achievement in the report was Oklahoma’s more than 10 percent increase in the number of children...Read More

November 30, 2015 Office of Communications Assuring Safety in a Power Outage The recent ice storms in the state have left a significant number of Oklahomans without power for hours and even days. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury. Food Safety OSDH recommends the following guidelines for refrigerated and frozen foods to citizens or food establishments which have been without power for more than...Read More

November 23, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Preparedness for Winter Weather As cooler temperatures make their way into the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming winter weather season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event. Cold outdoor temperatures require residents to monitor not only their home temperature, but their body temperature as well....Read More

November 19, 2015 Office of Communications Don’t Let Merriment Turn to Misery This Holiday Season: Keep Foodborne Illness Off The Menu For many, the holiday season brings friends, family, and lots of good food. From cooking the turkey to homemade pies, it is easy to forget safe food handling practices during the hustle and bustle. Every year, approximately 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) become ill with a foodborne illness. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) wants to remind everyone that it’s important to practice food safety when preparing holiday...Read More

November 13, 2015 Office of Communications Strong Families Make Strong Communities - National Family Week Nov. 22-29 During Thanksgiving week, Oklahomans will join thousands of people and organizations across the United States to celebrate National Family Week (NFW) November 22-29. National Family Week embraces the premise that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services. These “connections,”...Read More

November 10, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Warns to Protect Health and Property During Upcoming Wildfire Season As cooler weather, frost advisories and strong winds are predicted for the state later this week, the risk for wildfires also poses a threat to Oklahomans. Aside from property damage, wildfires may also cause health concerns for those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or chronic heart disease. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recommends limiting outdoor activity for people living in close...Read More

November 9, 2015 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Meeting to Discuss Health Impact Assessment The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting provides OHEC an opportunity to interact with state and local partners to highlight communityhealth initiatives in which they are involved. Focus will be given to the Cityof Oklahoma City Health Impact Assessment, which will be presented by John Tankard,associate planner with...Read More

November 6, 2015 Office of Communications Deadline Extended for Certified Healthy Oklahoma Applications Application for all Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs will now be accepted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) through Nov. 25. Award winners will be notified in December and acknowledged at an awards ceremony in March. An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where we live, work, learn and play. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs help meet this...Read More

November 5, 2015 Office of Communications March of Dimes Releases Premature Birth Report Card Oklahoma earned a “C” on the 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card, which for the first time graded the state’s counties and revealed persistent disparities between communities and among racial and ethnic groups. Oklahoma’s preterm birth rate was 10.3 percent in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The rate was higher than the new March of Dimes 2020 goal of 8.1 percent. Tulsa and...Read More

November 3, 2015 Office of Communications Smoking Rates in Oklahoma Decline to an All-Time Low Adult smoking in Oklahoma has decreased by 19 percent in the past four years, reaching an all-time low as a result of focused efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use.  The number of adult smokers dropped by almost 78,000 between 2013 and 2014 alone. The decrease has moved Oklahoma’s ranking to 40th in the nation, up from 47th at the start of this decade.  “This is great news and a sign that our efforts have been...Read More

October 15, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Announces First Confirmed Cases of Flu in Oklahoma for the 2015-2016 Season The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is reporting three laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma, all of which were influenza A H3. Two of the confirmed cases were from Tulsa County, including one hospitalization, and one case was from Oklahoma County.  According to the OSDH Sentinel Influenza Surveillance System, the percentage of influenza-like illness among outpatients indicates that influenza activity is elevated in...Read More

October 12, 2015 Office of Communications Oklahoma Chosen for Program to Improve Health Habits in Children Oklahoma has been selected as one of five states to pilot a program involving an online tool that helps child care programs foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will be working with partners in various counties to implement the program known as Go NAP SACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care). Go NAP SACC helps programs set and reach...Read More

October 7, 2015 Office of Communications Flu Clinics Open Monday at County Health Departments With flu season just around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced today that county health departments will begin offering flu vaccine statewide Monday, October 12. Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. “We are learning more...Read More

September 25, 2015 Office of Communications Thirty-Five Oklahoma Water Systems Achieve Excellence in Community Water Fluoridation The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that 35 Oklahoma public water systems have been given a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those systems in Oklahoma that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by...Read More

September 23, 2015 Office of Communications New Locations Added for OHEC Meeting for Health Literacy Month More communities have been added to the list of videoconference locations where the public can participate in the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) meetings for Health Literacy Month. OHEC is preparing for October’s Health Literacy Month with a meetingTuesday, Sept. 29 to discuss libraries and health organizations as partners in community (public) health. The public is welcome to attend the meeting being held from 9:30 -11:30...Read More

September 23, 2015 Office of Communications National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Brings Communities Together in Support of Healthy Aging Fall is here, but falls shouldn’t be for older adults. That’s why the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is joining forces with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Sept. 23 – the first day of fall. Nationally and in Oklahoma, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for those who are age 65 and older. In Oklahoma alone,...Read More

September 10, 2015 Office of Communications Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign to Discuss Health Literacy The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) prepares for October’s Health Literacy Month with a meetingTuesday, Sept. 29 to discuss libraries and health organizations as partners in community (public) health. The public is welcome to attend the meeting being held from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th St., Oklahoma City in Room 806. Health literacy is the ability of a person to obtain,...Read More

September 8, 2015 Office of Communications Oklahoma Receives CDC Funding to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received $820,000 for four years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids as part of the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program. The Prevention for States program, allocated through the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), will support 16 states with annual awards between...Read More

September 8, 2015 Office of Communications Knitters Needed To Support "Click for Babies" Campaign Frustration with infant crying is the number one trigger for a person to shake or harm a baby. The result of this action can be abusive head trauma – the leading cause of child abuse deaths in the United States. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises that nearly all victims suffer serious health consequences and at least one of every four babies who are violently shaken dies from this form of child abuse. This is why...Read More

September 4, 2015 Office of Communications Consumers Advised to Avoid Cucumbers Associated With National Salmonella Outbreak The Oklahoma State Department of Health has joined public health officials in other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a nationwide foodborne outbreak of Salmonella Poona.  Epidemiologic studies of these Salmonellosis cases have implicated garden-variety cucumbers distributed by Andrew & Williamson of San Diego, CA as the cause of the outbreak.  As of September 4, 2015, the CDC reports...Read More

September 1, 2015 Office of Communications September is National Preparedness Month - Get Prepared In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location. In observance of National Preparedness Month this September, the Oklahoma State Department...Read More

August 26, 2015 Office of Communications Reduce the Risk of Illness by Packing a Safe School Lunch Packing a healthy school lunch is just one of the many things on the minds of parents as the new school year begins. During the morning rush, the safety of that packed lunch can easily be overlooked. Public health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) want to remind parents that it’s important to practice food safety when preparing a lunch to send to school. The good news is there are many healthy choices to...Read More

August 25, 2015 Office of Communications Rally to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse at the Capitol Aug. 31 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is joining forces with the Coalition Against Rx Drug Epidemic (C.A.Rx.E) to raise awareness of the prescription drug overdose epidemic in Oklahoma. The event will take place Monday, Aug. 31, at the Oklahoma State Capitol (south plaza) from 11am – 1pm. Guest speakers will include: Gail Box, mother of former OU football player Austin Box; Deputy Commissioner Steven Buck with the Oklahoma...Read More

August 17, 2015 Office of Communications New Oklahoma Law Eliminates Tobacco Use on School Grounds and at Activities OKLAHOMA CITY - As of August 20, 2015, all Oklahoma public and private schools are to be tobacco-free. The new law will also prohibit anyone from using tobacco in school vehicles and at any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned event or activity, including sporting events.  House Bill 1685, also known as the 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools Act, provides around-the-clock protection from the dangers of tobacco use. “Tobacco products are...Read More

August 12, 2015 Office of Communications Case of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) Reported The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that a Carter County adult has died due to Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) after recently swimming in Lake Murray. PAM is an extremely rare and usually deadly disease caused by infection with a single-celled organism (ameba), Naegleria fowleri.  These disease-causing organisms are naturally present in most lakes, ponds, and rivers but multiply rapidly in very warm and...Read More

August 10, 2015 Office of Communications Time to Get Vaccines Before Going Back to School Getting all of the recommended vaccines is especially important for children of all ages, especially when they are in a setting such as a school or a child care center where disease outbreaks can occur. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises that whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college...Read More

August 6, 2015 Office of Communications Application Period Open for Certified Healthy Oklahoma Programs An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where we live, work, learn and play. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs help meet this challenge by recognizing those communities, schools, businesses, campuses, early childhood programs, congregations and restaurants that encourage health-focused behaviors and policies. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)...Read More

July 28, 2015 Office of Communications Everyone Can Help Support a Mother Breastfeeding at Work People today know the importance of breastfeeding. While most new mothers start out breastfeeding, many Oklahoma mothers are not able to exclusively breastfeed for six months nor continue for up to 2 years of age as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). One of the challenges they face is continuing to breastfeed after they return to work. The Oklahoma State Department of...Read More

July 17, 2015 Office of Communications Be Prepared for New Oklahoma Child Passenger Safety Law Oklahoma will soon be one of the few states with a child passenger safety law that meets the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises that proper car seat and booster seat use reduces the chance of death in a motor vehicle crash by 71 percent for infants under 1 year old and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1-4. Additionally, Safe Kids Worldwide reports 73 percent of car...Read More

July 16, 2015 Office of Communications Consumers Advised to Safely Prepare Raw, Frozen and Stuffed Chicken Products due to Salmonella The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has joined public health officials in two other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a foodborne outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis associated with pre-packaged stuffed chicken products.  The OSDH is informing consumers of the products that have been recalled due to this outbreak, and urges persons who purchase raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned,...Read More

July 13, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Assists With Chronic Disease Management Through Living Longer, Living Stronger Partnership The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is partnering with other agencies to provide a program aimed to assist those with a chronic disease. Oklahoma’s Living Longer, Living Stronger (LLLS) program is designed to assist individuals who have chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and diabetes improve their health and quality of life and lower their medical expenses. It...Read More

June 29, 2015 Office of Communications Avoid Inviting Foodborne Illness to Independence Day Celebrations For Release: June 29, 2015 –  Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 Avoid Inviting Foodborne Illness to Independence Day Celebrations The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate with a barbecue, fireworks, family and friends but it is estimated every year, approximately one in six Americans (or 48 million people) become sick with a foodborne illness. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds...Read More

June 24, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Supports National Lightning Safety Awareness Week   For Release:June 24, 2015 – , Office of Communications (405) 271-5601 More than 230 deaths in the United States since 2006 have been attributed to lightning, and two of those deaths have occurred in Oklahoma. Nationally, there were 26 deaths in 2014; and there have already been nine deaths in 2015. As part of our mission to promote health and prevent injury, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) supports...Read More

June 22, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Promotes Summer Heat Safety Tips Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. Extreme heat can lead to heat-related illness and even death caused by hyperthermia (overheating). In the United States, approximately 400 people die each year from hyperthermia and 200 additional deaths occur with heat as a contributing factor. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illnesses can range from heat cramps and heat exhaustion to...Read More

June 16, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Warns About High Temperatures for Children’s Safety As temperatures climb, so does the risk for heat-related illness due to hyperthermia (overheating). The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds parents that children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under age four are among those at greatest risk for heat-related illnesses. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle–related death for children. On average in the United States, a child dies...Read More

June 15, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Offers Tips for Evacuation from Flooded Areas As storms continue to pose a threat to the state for the next several days, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, or driving into floodwaters. During this period of heavy rainfall, OSDH encourages Oklahomans to be prepared to evacuate flood-prone areas. An evacuation plan should consist of multiple...Read More

June 4, 2015 Office of Communications West Nile Virus Confirmed In Oklahoma For Release:June 4, 2015 – Office of Communications – 405/271-5601 West Nile Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma The first cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness. WNV is spread through the bite of the Culex...Read More

May 29, 2015 Office of Communications Novel Tick-Borne Illness Caused by Bourbon Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma  For Release: May 29,2015 - Office of Communications - 405/271-5601 The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received confirmation through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a Payne County resident tested positive for a tick-borne disease caused by a recently identified virus known as the Bourbon virus. This case is the first to be detected in Oklahoma, and only the...Read More

May 13, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Provides Tips to Avoid Injury from Flooded Areas For Release:- May 13, 2015 - Office of Communications - 405/271-5601 As storms with elevated levels of rainfall continue to be a threat to the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s (OSDH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Service reminds residents that flooding can cause fatalities and serious injuries for people who are trapped or swept away by wading in, or driving through floodwaters. During storms with high...Read More

May 4, 2015 Office of Communications OSDH Encourages Teens to Think About  For Release: May 4, 2015 – Office of Communications – 405/271-5601  OSDH Encourages Teens to Think About Preventing Pregnancy by Taking National Quiz May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and teens nationwide are expected to participate in the 14th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. With Oklahoma ranked third in the nation for teen birth rates, age 15-19, the Oklahoma State Department...Read More

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