Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Garfield County (Oklahoma) Medical Society Presentation

Presentation given by William J. Pettit, D.O., Associate Dean for Rural Health at the OSU Center for Health Sciences, to the Garfield County Medical Society in Enid, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OSU in Tulsa Lunch and Learn Spotlight Series Presentation

Presentation given by William J. Pettit, D.O., Associate Dean for Rural Health at the OSU Center for Health Sciences, as part of OSU in Tulsa's Lunch and Learn Spotlight Series.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rural Under Siege

From the October 2011 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Val Schott, M.P.H., director of rural health policy and advocacy at the OSU Center for Rural Health and director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, explores the salient policy and legislative issues facing the future of healthcare delivery in rural America.

Clicking the image will open the article as a PDF.

OHEC Meeting to Discuss How “Place” Impacts Your Health

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) partners will meet this month to screen and discuss part of the PBS documentary series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” with a focus on the segment “Place Matters”. The public is invited to attend and provide ideas on how to get involved in making changes to improve the health of families and local communities in Oklahoma. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 314 at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th St. in Oklahoma City. Videoconference locations are available (See below).

OHEC Steering Committee Members Dan Schiedel and Richard Marshall will facilitate the discussion “Beyond Medical Care, Lifestyles and Genes.” Discussions encourage the community to get involved in developing and changing local policies, educational and community projects to improve life where they live, work and play.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Guest Post from the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine (StORM) club at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi Ya’ll!

My name is Leslie Hardee, and I’m a second year osteopathic medical student (OMSII) at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine this year. I am also the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine (StORM) club Treasurer and the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA) Rural Health Fair Chair for the 2011-2012 school year. I wanted to write a quick up-date to let everyone know how StORM has really been kickin’ up some dirt and getting our boots dirty this year!

To start with, we are really pleased to say that we had nearly the whole MSI (first year medical students) class join StORM this year! So, we’ve been busy recruiting this year. Also, to date we’ve already participated or hosted two Rural Health Fairs – one in Jay, Oklahoma at Farm Fest, and the other at the Creek County (Oklahoma) Fairgrounds during their annual Free Fair. We had a great time at both of these events!

In Jay, StORM teamed up with Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), and handed out information about smoking, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, becoming more physically active, cancer, importance of sunscreen, and many other important topics. While there, we provided free health screenings that included blood pressure readings, pulse-oximetry, and height and weight measurements, and gave tours of our Telemedicine Bus. Although this was a small event, we had the privilege of serving almost 40 Jay residents. The chili judgin’ contest was also lots of fun, and very tasty!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Grants Due November 22, 2011

The Office of Rural Health Policy's (ORHP) Outreach Program supports projects that demonstrate effective models of outreach and service delivery through collaboration, adoption of an evidence-based or promising practice model, demonstration of health outcomes, replicability and sustainability. Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities by tracking specific health indicators that will demonstrate the impact of their project at the end of their grant period. They will be based on evidence-based or promising practice models in order to avoid "reinventing the wheel" and demonstrate health status improvement in rural communities. Proposed Outreach projects can take the framework of an evidence-based or promising practice model and tailor it to their community's need and organization.

Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015. The maximum award is up to $150,000 per year. ORHP expects to fund approximately 80 grantees.