Monday, December 22, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Telemedicine, Telehealth & mHealth: What Does it all Mean and are These Technologies Viable Additions to Providing Health Care in Oklahoma?

From the December 2014 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Steve Casady, Director of TeleHealth at the OSU Center for Rural Health, provides an overview of important technologies shaping the delivery of health care and how they can be used in a rural practice setting. His article begins on page 14.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jackie Elizabeth Callaway & Erica Strandberg win 2014 Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest

Congratulations to Jackie Elizabeth Callaway and Erica Strandberg, winners of the 2014 Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest sponsored by the OSU Center for Rural Health! Jackie won with her submission titled, Hoppin’ Hay Bales and Erica won the OSU CHS student category with her submission, Old Truck (see both photos below). The Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest was part of the Center's celebration marking the 4th Annual National Rural Health Day on November 20, 2014. The contest garnered 102 entries from the across the state (view all of the photo contest entries). We would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who participated in the contest. We look forward to continuing this annual tradition.

Hoppin’ Hay Bales. Submitted by Jackie Elizabeth Callaway. Taken near Durant, Oklahoma.

Old Truck. Submitted by Erica Strandberg. Taken near Claremore, Oklahoma.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Progression of Primary Care HPSAs in Oklahoma, 1978-2014


The animated map below shows the progression of primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSA) in Oklahoma from 1978 to 2014. Use the controls at the bottom of the map to start and stop the animation. View a larger version of this map in a new window.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Suicide Death Rate in Oklahoma by County, 2005-2013

Click each county to see the number of deaths attributed to suicide and the age-adjusted rate.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

How are Rural Community Members Informed of Community Events?

From the November 2014 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Center staff members Lara Brooks, M.S. and Corie Kaiser, M.S., present original research assessing the various ways citizens of rural communities access information about local events. Their article begins on page 14.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Apply Now: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize


The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to enable all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives now and for generations to come. The Prize is awarded annually by RWJF to honor communities that are working to build a Culture of Health by implementing solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthy life. In this third round of the competition, up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their stories shared broadly with the goal of inspiring locally driven change across the nation.


The deadline for applications is September 17, 2014, 2 p.m. Central Time

Thursday, August 21, 2014

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2018 Hometowns

This interactive map shows the self-reported hometowns for medical students in the Class of 2018 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.

The students hail from across the country and around the world. The largest share of students (97) call Oklahoma home. Of those students, over 26% list a rural Oklahoma community as their hometown. Eleven other states, Germany, and Jamaica are also represented in the class.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Rural Health Association of Oklahoma Annual Conference

Click the image to download the agenda
Plan now to attend this exciting event on September 16th – 18th, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma. The conference brings together members of the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and stakeholders of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health. It is expected to attract more than 200 healthcare professionals from rural and underserved areas of the state.

Conference activities begin September 16th with a golf scramble at the nearby Westwood Golf Course. Lunch begins at 12:30pm with a tee time scheduled for 1:30pm. The 6200-yard course features wide, tree-lined fairways and gently contoured greens, twenty traps and several water hazards. The challenging, yet playable course, is perfect for the weekend golfer or the advanced competitor. Proceeds from the golf scramble will benefit the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.

Regular conference activities begin on the morning of September 17th and conclude with an awards luncheon on September 18. Download the conference agenda by clicking the image above.

The Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center will host the conference. Located off I-35 on the north side of Norman, the hotel offers easy access to a variety of dining and shopping destinations. A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees, but the supply is limited. Reserve your room today and use the group code: RHG to receive the discounted rate.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Operation Orange Gives High School Students a Hands-On Look at the Medical Field

High school students got a chance to meet and learn from current students attending the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine during Operation Orange. Students were able to study anatomy including a human heart, lungs and brain, along with how to perform chest compressions. Video courtesy of OStateTV.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What's Preventing Oklahoma from Improving Health Indicators?

From the April 2014 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Denna Wheeler, Ph.D., Director of Rural Research & Evaluation at the OSU Center for Rural Health, examines how social determinants of health are helping drive Oklahoma's poor health outcomes. Denna's article begins on page 38.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Meet the OSU Regional Coordinators: Catch Their Passion!

From the May/June 2014 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Vicky Pace, M.Ed., Director of Rural Medical Education at the OSU Center for Rural Health, discusses the role and importance of the Center's regional coordinators. Vicky's article begins on page 30.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Allopathic Primary Care Residency Match in Oklahoma, 1999 to 2013


This chart shows the results of the allopathic (MD) primary care residency match in Oklahoma from 1999 to 2013. It details the number of positions offered and the number of positions filled by medical education background.

Click the image below to open the graph as PDF document.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2014 Residency Training Locations


The interactive map below shows the residency training locations for the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2014. The symbols are scaled proportionate to the total number of graduates training in each community.

Of the 86 graduates in the class, 49 are entering primary care residency programs (Family Medicine = 31; Internal Medicine = 8; OBGYN = 6; and Pediatrics = 4). Thirty-one graduates will enter Oklahoma-based primary care residency programs with eleven graduates matriculating to programs located in rural locations (Durant = 3; Enid = 1; McAlester = 1; Tahlequah = 4; and Talihina = 2 ). The Class of 2014 marks the eighth consecutive graduating class with at least 50% of its members entering primary care residency programs upon graduation. Learn more about the specialty choices of the graduates in each community by clicking on the symbols on the map.

As for the 66 Oklahomans in the Class of 2014, 39 will enter Oklahoma-based residency programs (with 25 selecting a primary care specialty).

Residency training information was not available for one student.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Rural Clinic Rotation: Bringing "Rural" Home

From the March 2014 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Duane G. Koehler, D.O., Assistant to the Dean for Rural Medical Education at the OSU Center for Rural Health, reviews the Rural Clinic rotation and its importance in training future physicians for rural Oklahoma. Dr. Koehler's article begins on page 18.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet: What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?


OSU Center for Rural Health staff members Denna Wheeler, Jeff Hackler, and Chad Landgraf joined with Brian Whitacre and Lara Brooks of the OSU Cooperative Extensive Service to author a fact sheet focusing on the health insurance market place in Oklahoma as defined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The fact sheet outlines the key provisions of the ACA and provides useful information to consumers regarding the availability and cost health insurance in their community.

Download the fact sheet by clicking the image or view it on the web.

Monday, February 17, 2014

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Rural Medical Education Training Sites, February 2014

The map below shows the rural medical education training sites for 3rd and 4th year medical students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Learn more about rural medical education at OSU.

Click the image to open the map as a PDF document.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Funding for TeleHealth Data Access at Hospitals & Health Care Centers

From the December 2013 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Steve Casady, Director of TeleHealth at the OSU Center for Rural Health, provides an overview of the Federal Communication Commission's Healthcare Connect Fund and the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund as sources of funding for providers wishing to offer telehealth services in the state. Steve's article begins on page 16.

Thursday, January 16, 2014