Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH) at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Health Sciences and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at OSU Stillwater have collaborated for more than seventeen years to provide a Community Health Engagement Process (CHEP) in rural towns.[1] The CHEP has been a popular program since its inception, with more than 60 communities across the state having completed the process (some more than once). The overall goal of the process was to create awareness of the local health sector, identify new services, and link local residents to local health services. Completing the CHEP took about four to six months with a total of five to seven meetings. The process resulted in the following deliverables:
  1. An analysis of the economic impact of the local health sector that quantifies the impact of the health sector; 
  2. A health services directory that lists current services and providers;
  3. A survey of local residents on their usage of health services and what additional services they would like to see offered; and 
  4. A county-specific data and information report that includes economic, health and behavioral, education, crime, and traffic data.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Agenda for the 20th Annual Rural Health Association of Oklahoma Conference

    The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, Inc. will hold its 20th annual fall conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference runs from September 19-21, 2011. Rural health leaders from across the nation and the state will be in attendance. Oklahoma's own Paul Moore, PharmD of the Office of Rural Health Policy is scheduled to give the keynote address. Oklahoma State Representative Scott Martin is scheduled to provide a legislative update, followed by a presentation from Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak regarding the impact of Health Care Reform on rural Oklahoma. The complete agenda can be downloaded here. The early bird registration discount ends September 8, 2011 as do discounted room rates at the Embassy Suites in Norman (subject to availability). Register as a conference participant here and book a room here.

    Learn more about the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma,Inc. by visiting their website.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2015 Hometowns

    The interactive map below shows the self-reported hometowns for medical students in the Class of 2015 enrolled at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The symbols are scaled proportionate to the total number of students from each community. By clicking on a symbol, you can access a pop-up menu that lists the community and number of students. The zoom tools allow you to focus on a particular region.

    Of the 104 students in the class, 86 list Oklahoma hometowns, 15 list hometowns in other U.S. states (Texas=6; Arkansas=2; one each from California; Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, & Virginia), and 3 students report international hometowns (one each from Cameroon, India, and South Korea).

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    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Debt Burden of U.S. Medical School Graduates, 2003 to 2011

    The chart below shows all educational debt of U.S. medical school graduates from 2003 through 2011. The bars show the distribution of debt in $49,000 increments. While the proportion of students with no educational debt declined over the period (16.9% in 2003 to 14.9% in 2011), the proportion of medical students with over $200,000 of educational debt increased from 6.3% in 2003 to 28.1% in 2011. The red and green lines show the average educational debt of all medical students and the average debt of indebted medical students, respectively. The average debt of all medical students increased from $91,000 in 2003 to $118,000 in 2011. For indebted students the average debt load increased from $109,000 in 2003 to $161,000 in 2011. The data used to construct this chart is collected as part of the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) annual Graduate Questionnaire (GQ).

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America

    The Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America  report, focuses on 5 critical areas:

    1. Creating jobs & promoting economic growth;
    2. Improving access to quality health care & education;
    3. Fostering innovation;
    4. Expanding outdoor opportunities; and
    5. Supporting veterans and military families

    Moving forward, the information included in the report on the specific needs as well as unique opportunities found within rural America, will guide the Rural Council as we work to drive job growth and tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our rural communities.

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    $10,000 in Prizes Available to Osteopathic Medical Students, Interns, and Residents through the AOA’s Annual Essay Contest

    To encourage osteopathic medical students, interns and residents to study their profession’s past struggles and achievements, the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic History and Identity is conducting its seventh annual history essay competition. The deadline for submitting essays is Monday, October 3, 2011.

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Understanding Local and Community Health through Public Data

    From the July/August 2011 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Jeff Hackler, J.D., M.B.A., director of grants and research at the OSU Center for Rural Health, explores public data sources that can be used to help understand local and community health.  Clicking the image will open the article as a PDF.