Friday, June 24, 2011

Smoking Prevalence Among Oklahomans, 2003 - 2009

Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient's bedside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Smoking Prevalence Among Females in Oklahoma, 2003 - 2009

Medical Summer Camp Gives Students Hands-on Experience

Tulsa World
By SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Published: 6/22/2011  2:22 AM
Last Modified: 6/22/2011  2:34 AM

It's one thing for a student to be told how to treat and dress a wound. It's another for the student to practice it hands-on, complete with fake blood.

High school students from across the state have been studying math and science this month by learning how they are applied when working in the health-care field.

The five-day summer camp is hosted by Tulsa Community College's Area Health Education Center and is serving about 50 students who went through an application process. It is funded through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

At the end of the camp, which is free to attend, the students get a $150 stipend.

"They're learning that math and science are crucial," said Pat Turner, director of the Area Health Education Center.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Training Programs in Oklahoma, 2011

The map above shows the locations of osteopathic graduate medical education programs in Oklahoma as of June 2011.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Change in Female Life Expectancy by County, 1987-2007

Data published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that the life expectancy of females living in Oklahoma decreased by 0.6 years between 1987 and 2007. The map above shows the life expectancy change over the same period by county. Mayes County recorded the largest increase in life expectancy for females at 1.5 years while Beckham County recorded a decrease of 1.3 years.Change in Female Life Expectancy by County, 1987-2007

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jeff Hackler among “The Tulsa 40”

Jeff Hackler

Tulsa, Okla. – Jeff Hackler, J.D., M.B.A., director of Rural Grants and Research for the Center for Rural Health at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, is among the Tulsa Business Journal’s The Tulsa 40 honorees.

The Tulsa 40 is the business-to-business newspaper’s annual effort to recognize outstanding up-and-coming professionals in the Tulsa area. A luncheon for honorees is from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 7 at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

Hackler is recognized for his work in support of the OSU Center for Rural Health mission to improve healthcare for rural Oklahoma.

He is active in the Tulsa Area United Way, the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Area Health Education Center and the Oklahoma Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
Hackler is a Tulsa native. He earned a degree in Economics from Tulane University. He earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He joined OSU in 2002. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

OKAHEC Saved by Oklahoma State Legislature

On the last day of the legislative session, the Oklahoma state legislature approved state funding for the Oklahoma Area Health Education Centers (OKAHEC) to help it maintain its operations for at least one more year. Last year, OKAHEC lost all of its state appropriated funding from the legislature, which threatened to close OKAHEC offices. The loss of state-appropriated funding last year also endangered OKAHEC's ability to accept federal grant funding for its program because it would not be able to satisfy the requirement to provide state matching funds. The Oklahoma State University - Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) was able to provide interim funding for OKAHEC out of its own budget last year to help OKAHEC continue services for one year and satisfy its state match. This year's arrangement with the Oklahoma State Legislature and OSU-CHS will ensure that OKAHEC has one more year to secure more permanent funding from the state.

Richard Perry, Director of the OKAHEC Program, thanked legislators and the Rural Caucus, in particular, for coming up with a novel solution for ensuring that OKAHEC could remain open.  Mr. Perry also expressed his gratitude to supporters who contacted state legislators and the Governor and praised the leadership of OSU-CHS who worked with the legislature to make funding possible. After learning that OKAHEC would be able to continue without closing any regional centers, Mr. Perry stated "We look forward to working closely with OSU-CHS and the OSU Center for Rural Health to encourage and assist the youth of Oklahoma, especially rural, minority, and disadvantaged students, to choose a health career, stay in school, and return 'home' as health professionals to serve Oklahomans."

For more information on how the state legislature and OSU-CHS saved OKAHEC in the waning hours of its regular session, please see the article, Two State Health Education Centers Will Remain Open, which appeared in the Enid News and Eagle on May 26, 2011.  For more information on OKAHEC and its programming, please visit the OKAHEC website.