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Health & Wellness


OKLAHOMA CITY -- TSET’s efforts to improve the health of Oklahoma children and seniors was recognized at the national SHAPE America Convention in Nashville on Friday.

TSET received the W. Clyde Partin Service Award, which recognizes an organization that supports healthy lifestyles of residents in southern states. The award highlights the efforts of organizations that promote policy, practice and advocacy for programs that promote physical activity, health and physical education for school children.

“TSET has had great success improving the health of Oklahoma’s citizens through grants and education efforts with schools, communities, businesses and partner organizations,” said Donna Cobb, executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance. Cobb nominated TSET for the national award.

“In recent years, there have been significant reductions in funds for essential services particularly in education and health,” Cobb said. “TSET has helped support services and programs that save lives, reduce medical costs and put Oklahoma on a path for a healthier future. It is a model for the nation, and Oklahoma should be proud.”

TSET funds grants and programs that focus on sustainable change in schools, communities, businesses and community organizations that support healthy choices and reinforce healthy behaviors – especially for children.
TSET has awarded over 100 incentive grants to schools and school districts that have changed policies to support tobacco free environments, increase physical activity and improved nutritional offerings at schools. Many of the incentive grants have funded action-based learning equipment or automatic external defibrillator (AED) machines.

This past year, TSET also provided one-time funding to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services so mobile mental health crisis teams for children and youth would not be cut.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by SHAPE America for our partnerships to improve the health of Oklahoma children,” said TSET Executive Director John Woods. “Oklahoma voters created the endowment trust in 2000 so we could continue to invest in the health of future generations of Oklahomans, and we know that when children form healthy habits early they last for a lifetime.”

Through the TSET Healthy Living Program grantees, serving 94 percent of the state’s population, have worked in school districts to implement wellness policies. TSET’s community-based grants were instrumental in creating support for a statewide 24/7 tobacco-free school campus law that was enacted in 2015 and protects all public school children from tobacco use on school grounds. This statewide law was put in place after more than 80 percent of school districts had adopted a tobacco-free policy while working with TSET community-based grants. Since TSET’s work began, youth smoking in Oklahoma has been cut in half.

TSET’s Shape Your Future program educates on the importance of children learning healthy habits early, and offers free resources to families and teachers on incorporating physical activity into the day, as well as healthy recipes to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.



The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.


SHAPE -- the Society of Health and Physical Educators – is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. The mission of SHAPE America is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport. The W. Clyde Partin award is named after the first executive director of the Southern District. The Southern district includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Sunday, 25 March 2018 22:38

Are You Ready for 2018 Storm Season?

By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner


Whether you’ve lived in Oklahoma all your life or you are new to the area, storm season must be taken seriously. Preparing before the sirens sound is the best way to protect your family and your property. The following tips will help you get ready for tornado season.

Review Your Insurance Coverage
Make a habit to review your homeowners insurance every year. Policy limits that haven’t been updated in more than five years may not cover the entire cost associated with rebuilding a home or replacing your damaged possessions.

If you are a renter, know that your landlord’s insurance policy covers the structure of the building but not your belongings. Renters insurance is an affordable way to protect your property.
Finally, make sure you know what is and is not covered by your insurance. A standard homeowners and renters insurance policy doesn't protect your home or belongings from damage associated with floods, earthquakes or sewer and drain backup. Ask your agent if you need this additional coverage.

Create a Home Inventory
To make the insurance claims process easier, create a home inventory of your belongings. Include details about your possessions like brand name, price, purchase date, model, serial number and receipts, then take photos. You can store this information in a smartphone app, on a thumb drive or on a piece of paper. Learn more about your home inventory options, including a template, here.
If you don't have time to create a full list of the items in your home, consider videotaping and/or taking photographs in every room. The more detail you include, the easier it will be for your insurer to evaluate your loss. When making your list, open drawers and closets, and don't forget to document what's in your basement, garage and storage buildings.

Once you've created your inventory, send the information to your insurance agent and keep a copy in a safety deposit box or another safe place outside your home.

Prepare for the Worst
To help lessen the damage caused by a storm, clear your yard of debris that could become projectiles in high winds and trim dead or overhanging branches from trees surrounding your home. Ensure the roof sheathing is properly secured. Fasten end gables to the roof. Latch doors and garage doors properly. Secure shutters and outdoor furniture.

For personal safety, know where you will take shelter. If it’s a storm shelter, make sure it’s cleaned out and ready to go before the sirens are blaring. Also, prepare an emergency kit of essentials in case you have to shelter in place for a while. Your kit can include bottled water, a first-aid kit, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, at least three days of nonperishable food items, blankets, clothing, prescription drugs, eyeglasses and personal hygiene supplies.

After the Storm
The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but report your insurance claim as quickly as possible. Your policy might require that you make this notification within a certain time frame.

Document damage by taking photos or video before you begin cleaning up. After you've documented the damage, make any temporary repairs, such as covering a hole in your roof, to prevent further damage. Don't make permanent repairs until your insurer has inspected the property.

If your home is damaged to the extent that you cannot live there, your insurance company may pay for you to stay somewhere else. Ask your insurance agent if you have coverage for additional living expenses.

During the claims process, it is important for you to keep detailed notes and provide your insurance company with accurate information in a timely manner.

Navigating the insurance process can be challenging, but knowing you are properly prepared will give you the peace of mind to get through Oklahoma’s storm season. If you need help preparing for what’s to come or have any questions, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

Press release


As Oklahomans prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging 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 to obtain any recommended vaccines or preventive medications, or deciding if travel should be rescheduled for persons at high-risk of illness,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley said.

Examples of current travel advisories include an outbreak of listeriosis associated with processed meat products in South Africa; and an outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil, where a vaccination to protect against yellow fever is recommended at least 10 days before travel.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne illness, and is just one of a number of illnesses that are a common threat while traveling internationally. Malaria is another prominent mosquito-transmitted disease that should be avoided. Malaria is present in large areas of Africa, Latin America, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Travelers should do their research and obtain anti-malarial drugs from their healthcare provider if their travel destination is an area at high risk for malaria. Mosquitoes are common in countries or islands with warm climates. Travelers are urged to take mosquito precautions such as wearing appropriate clothing, using insect repellent with DEET or picaridin, and using bed nets if sleeping in open rooms, lodges or tents.

The OSDH recommends the following tips for staying healthy during international travel:

Preparation Tips Before Travel
• Be aware of the current health risks at the travel destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travelers’ health website ( provides current information about common diseases, emerging health threats, recommended vaccinations, preventive medications, and food and water safety by country.
• Get all recommended travel vaccines. Since some vaccines require multiple shots and take time to become fully effective, visit a healthcare provider at least four to six weeks before travel.
• Talk with a healthcare provider about any needed travel medications such as preventative medicine for malaria or an antibiotic for traveler’s diarrhea.
• Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should talk to a healthcare provider about the risk of traveling and precautions.
• Prepare a travel kit which includes:
• Enough prescription medications and any other medications your physician may recommend to last through the duration of the trip.
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent, ideally containing DEET or picaridin.
• Alcohol-based hand gels containing 60 - 95 percent alcohol.
• Prepare a list of contacts in the event an illness or injury occurs while traveling. Include the local health jurisdiction and local U.S. Embassy or Consulate in case you need assistance.

General Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
• Wash hands with hot, soapy water before touching food, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and after touching animals.
• Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers to clean hands when they are not visibly dirty or when hand-washing facilities are not available.
• Use caution around all wild and domestic animals. If you are bitten, clean the wound with soap and water and consult a local healthcare provider for further evaluation. Follow up with a healthcare provider after returning home.
• Avoid drinking or using untreated water for brushing teeth, particularly in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor. Use only bottled or boiled water in these regions.
• Select food with care, especially in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor, or in areas with untreated water. Raw foods may be contaminated, so avoid fresh vegetable or fruit salads, uncooked vegetables, and unpasteurized milk and milk products such as cheese. Eat food that has been cooked and is still hot.
• If you become ill after returning home, inform the healthcare provider of the countries visited.

For more information about international travel safety, visit the CDC travelers’ health website at or the OSDH travelers’ health web site at

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:19

Facts about Medical Marijuana


Poteau, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics came to Poteau on March 15, 2018 to inform citizens in Eastern Oklahoma during a public forum on the current drug trends and threats in Oklahoma.


Here are some interesting facts about Marijuana that was presented to the public during the forum by Craig Williams, with the OBN.


Medical marijuana does not exist.

■ Marijuana is not recognized in the medical commw1ity as legitimate medicine.
■ There is limited scientific evidence on the efficacy of smoked or ingested marijuana.
■ DEA still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
■ FDA has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug to treat medical conditions.
Marijuana is not safe.
■ Marijuana use is linked to negative health outcomes.
■ Research suggests 30% of users will develop some form of problem use, which may lead to dependence and addiction (DEA, 2017)

■ Marijuana use is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and schizophrenia (Meier)
■ A 2017 study found marijuana users were more than twice as likely to abuse prescription opioids (Olufsen, Wall, Luis, & Blanco, 2017).
■ Marijuana is also not safe to eat. Doctors in Colorado's emergency rooms often treat patients experiencing complications related to marijuana edibles (HIDTA,2017).
■ The National Pet Poison Helpline (2017) reported a .448 % increase in the number of marijuana exposurecases to pets since 2011.

Marijuana use increased in state with medical marijuana programs

A 2017 study found a significant increase in the use and abuse of illicit marijuana in states with medical marijuana programs (Hasin, 2017)


Medical marijuana programs have also produced a new specialty of doctors: Green doctors, Just 15 doctors in Colorado accounted for over 70% of recommendations for medical marijuana cards. (Caplan 2013.) .

School officials are confiscating marijuana in schools

School resource officers in Colorado report they deal with diverted marijuana daily.

One school resource officer reported,  "Multiple students in my affluent middle school obtain marijuana and use marijuana with their families who all seem to have their own marijuana grows. Most of these parents think their medicine is fine for their kids to use." (HIDTA, 2017).

 Marijuana-related traffic fatalities and crime increased in medical marijuana states.

 Marijuana is involved in one in five deaths on the road in Colorado and Washington, and the numbers continue to increase (HIDTA, 2017).

 In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths when a driver tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2016 (HIDTA, 2017).

 Medical marijuana programs also created a new class of illicit sellers who resale what they purchased from a dispensary to recreational users (Caplan, 2013).


Oklahoma State Question 788, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be on the ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated state statute on June 26, 2018.

Here is how the ballot will read


Ballot Title for State Question No. 788


This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician. The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the applicant is eighteen years or older and an Oklahoman resident.


A special exemption will be granted to an applicant under the age of eighteen, however these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian. The Department will also issue seller, growing, packaging, transportation, and research and caregiver licenses. Individual and retail businesses must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees. The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana for individuals who can state a medical condition is a fine not exceeding four hundred dollars. Fees and zoning restrictions are established. A seven percent state tax is imposed on medical marijuana sales.

Shall the proposal be approved? For the Proposal - YES Against the Proposal - No

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of this measure.


A ''NO" vote is a vote against this measure.


These provisions will not be listed on the ballot:
► SQ788 legalizes medical marijuana in Oklahoma;
► SQ788 does not restrict medical marijuana to certain conditions;
► SQ788 allows cardholders the right to:
 Carry up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person and 8 ounces at their residence
 Possess 6 mature plants and 6 seedling plants
 Possess 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
 Possess 72 ounces of edible marijuana

Medical marijuana cards will cost applicants $100.00 (or $20.00 for Medicaid patients) ,and licenses will be good for one year;

SQ788 does not restrict the amount of marijuana a commercial grower can grow;

SQ788 prohibits schools, landlords, and employers from refusing enrollment/lease/employment based on someone's medical marijuana license status;

SQ788 prohibits dispensaries from establishing a business within 1,000 feet of any school entrance;

SQ788 prohibits municipalities rezoning efforts to prevent the opening of a dispensary.





OSU Press release


Story by Cassidy Williams and Michaela Gleason


(STILLWATER, Okla., March 16, 2018) – Terri Ventress, a design engineer at Oklahoma State University, is always preparing for the Highland games, where she’s already earned three consecutive Masters World Championships (2012 to 2014) in North Carolina, New Mexico and Inverness, Scotland.


The Highland games are major competitive events held to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture in the U.S., Scotland and other countries. They include tests of strength and agility such as the stone put, 56-pound weight for height, caber toss, hammer throw, weight throw and sheaf toss. Each event requires a great amount of physical upper and lower body strength.


“It’s a lot of fun, and it keeps you coming back ... it’s constantly challenging, the techniques are complicated, and not easy to master,” Ventress said. “Everyone gets that you’re pretty much in competition against yourself and the whole idea is to do better than you’ve done before.”


Ventress was the first Highland games athlete to simultaneously hold all the event records in an age group, which she accomplished in two to three years in the 50-plus age group. Her current goal is to do the same in the 55-plus age group, where she’s well on her way. She first broke the Women’s Open World Record in the sheaf toss in 2001 in Kansas City. The sheaf toss involves using a pitchfork to throw a simulated hay bale as high as possible.


While she’s been competing in the games for 21 seasons, Ventress and her husband, Larry, were introduced to them in Midwest City at a Scottish festival in 1997. Originally there to watch the games, Larry was so excited about what he saw that he actually competed for the first time that same day in the C class, which is similar to a beginner’s level. He won, and the couple decided to compete in future games.

Ventress’ passion for powerlifting and interval training helped her transition into the physically demanding aspects of the events. When training, she lifts weights three or four times a week and performs high intensity workouts about seven times a week to increase her speed and stamina.


“If I don’t work out, I’m not a happy person,” Ventress said. “I need to be doing something fairly physical, but I don’t think everyone is that way. I think some people can benefit from yoga, stretching or maybe walking is their passion, but it’s not enough for me.”

Always striving to find the right balance between strength and speed, Ventress recently joined the OSU wellness program called SWEAT (Stronger with Exercise and Training). The 17-week program incorporates high-intensity exercise while utilizing different modes of resistance. Groups meet twice a week at 5:45 a.m., which Ventress enjoys because she has enough time to get ready before starting her work day.


“I am absolutely loving the SWEAT class,” Ventress said. “We are 15 classes in, and our trainer is great. As a strength athlete, the classes are a different kind of tough, and are exactly what I was looking for. The entire range of exercises change each session, which helps keep the high level of intensity fresh. I look forward to each and every one!”


While having complications with her hip, Ventress attended Carol Bender’s yoga class in the student union. She enjoys how yoga keeps the body symmetrical and improves mobility, and she credits Bender for keeping her moving.


In addition to physical health and event training, Ventress is also passionate about nutrition. She believes eating wild, organic vegetables, and non-hormone free-range chicken or beef gives her body the nutrients needed to participate in the physically demanding aspects of the Highland games.


Ventress is excited to continue competing. Since moving to the 55-plus age group, she holds six out of the eight records and is working toward setting more.


“It gives me more energy for life, everything I do and all of those I love,” Ventress said. “Just keep looking until you find that thing that you love to do. It’s important to do those little things and find out what it is that keeps you going and makes you happy.”


Over the years, Ventress has competed all over the world while getting to share her passion with other competitors. A few of her competitive destinations include Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and of course, Scotland. She said there are always sites to see when traveling to games.


Ventress is a senior design engineer for OSU’s New Product Development Center, where she is also a designated America’s Healthiest Campus Wellness Innovator. As an innovator, she provides tools, resources and support to encourage colleagues to facilitate healthy lifestyles.




Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

Monday, 12 March 2018 18:10

Time to Prepare for 2018 Storm Season

Press release

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.

With severe storm season around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages families to create a plan for both adults and children to follow. A family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: know how to get to a safe place; how to contact one another; how to get back together; and what to do in different situations. During a disaster, roads are often blocked or closed and alternate routes must be used. Knowing multiple routes of travel in advance can save time and frustration when trying to reach loved ones.

OSDH also encourages families to have a basic, 72-hour emergency kit consisting of water, snacks, first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, prescription medicine and important paperwork. Parents can help reduce the effect of disasters on children by adding a few simple kid-friendly supplies such as books, games, a favorite toy or comfort item and medical items such as infant/child fever reducer to the kit. Those with babies should consider a three-day supply of formula, diapers, antibacterial wipes, non-perishable baby food and sealable plastic bags for soiled items.

Scott Sproat, director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service at OSDH, reminds families who have members with medical conditions and disabilities to consider any unique needs during and after a disaster.
“If you have, or care for someone, with a disability or access and functional needs, it’s especially important to include needed supplies, equipment and medications as part of your planning efforts,” said Sproat. “If evacuating from the home is necessary, it is important to take medication and specialty equipment such as hearing aids, oxygen, a wheelchair, diabetic supplies, food for a special diet or supplies for a service animal.”

OSDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the additional following tips for families preparing for disasters:
• Check with your mobile carrier for options on wireless emergency alerts being delivered to your cell phone or other device.
• Practice your plan by quizzing your children periodically, and conduct fire and other emergency drills.
• Check emergency supplies throughout the year to replace batteries, food and water as needed.
• Plan alternate ways to charge communication and assistive technology devices if there is loss of power.
• Plan for medication requiring refrigeration.

Severe storms are often followed by flash flooding. If an evacuation of a neighborhood is ordered, it is important to leave immediately. If possible, make arrangements to stay with a nearby friend or relative as hotels will be filled quickly. A disaster shelter may be used as a last resource. Remember that not all shelters allow pets, and plan to bring your own emergency supply kit.

OSDH released videos in English, Spanish and American Sign Language to ensure the message of preparedness is available to various populations.


To access these videos, visit the OSDH YouTube channel and select the Preparedness playlist.

Families may begin preparing for disasters by downloading, printing and completing a family plan by visiting For more tips and information, like the OSDH Emergency Preparedness Response Service page on Facebook.

Press release


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to announce that have a new CT Scanner. The new CT Scanner is the latest in cutting edge technology.

There is no CT Scanner like this one in the area. The best is here in Poteau at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.


The Revolution EVO made by GE enables EOMC to serve the widest variety of patients and referring physicians with a diversity of applications.

Not only does the EVO limit the amount of radiation exposure to patients, it is designed to reduce noise levels and improve low-contrast Detectability and reduce the dose by up to 82%.


The next time you need a CT Scan, or any Radiology Services, tell your healthcare provider that you want to go to EOMC, because they have the best technology for your healthcare.


Putting your family's Healthcare First since 1950.


What is CT Scanner?
A Computed Tomography (CT) combines X-rays with advanced computer processing technology to create accurate detailed images of your internal structures and organs.
CT exams are quick and comfortable. You will be asked to lie still on a table as it gently moves you through the scanner. Be sure to inform your physician or the technologist if you have any allergies or believe you are pregnant. CT scans allow doctors to see images of your internal organs and structures in great detail from a variety of angles.


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center has been serving the needs of this community for over 60 years by combining the personal touch of a community hospital with state of the art technology. They provide a full range of medical services to the community. Their goal is to efficiently provide comprehensive personal healthcare services by making available modern medical equipment, specialized medical services, and medical knowledge which would be limited without proper facilities.

2017 EOMC Statistics

They had 14,000 ER visits, performed 600 Surgeries and 250 babies were born at EOMC.

Press release



OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is working with community leaders from across the state to compile a list of organizations which will provide child care and nutrition programs during the upcoming planned education walkout in April.


OICA CEO Joe Dorman said that the organization was working to ensure children do not fall through the cracks while the state tackles its education and teacher pay issues.


“While teachers and other personnel are continuing the discussion regarding potential salary increases, we want to make certain the children of the state are not forgotten,” said Dorman. “This is an important time for finding a solution on a much-needed pay raise for educators and other support staff, but we cannot forget those young Oklahomans who rely on a safe place to be during the school week.”


Organizations that are offering services to children and families can contact OICA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in order to have their information listed by community. Once uploaded, Oklahomans will be given options listed at on where their children can be taken during the day for child care and food services while parents/guardians are at work.


“We are encouraging any program which can offer support to help during this time,” said Dorman. “We are certain many churches, nonprofits and other organizations will offer their help, so we are happy to operate as the point of contact to help distribute this information by community.”


Dorman said an example is the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which is preparing and distributing family boxes of food to impacted families.


Currently, 436,000 children in Oklahoma are participants in the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program according to data from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Many of these children are also supported by backpack programs which send food home over the weekend for families in need.


“I do not want to see a single child go hungry during this important discussion,” said Dorman. “OICA is not only the voice for Oklahoma’s children, but we also want to serve as the voice for these organizations who are willing to step up and help these kids during this debate.”


The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is a statewide nonprofit policy organization that works for the benefit of the 800,000 children residing our state. OICA has been in operation for 35 years and works on advocacy issues and operates the OK Foster Wishes program.


About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin  directed the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to develop a work requirement in the state’s Medicaid program.

The governor’s executive order directs the Health Care Authority, which manages Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, to file any federal waivers and state plan amendments within six months to the governor and the Legislature.
Fallin said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance in January for states seeking to further the objectives of the Medicaid program by promoting work.

“We in Oklahoma should require people who receive Medicaid assistance to work, if they are able,” said Fallin. “A core objective of the Medicaid program is to help low-income families and individuals attain capability for independence. Work requirements in other welfare programs have helped move individuals from welfare to work.”

CMS has approved proposals from three other states that promote work for Medicaid recipients - Kentucky, Indiana and Arkansas.

The governor suggested exemptions from the proposed work requirement for certain Medicaid recipients.


They include:
• Those under the age of 19 and over the age of 64.
• Those medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment.
• Those who are pregnant.
• A parent or caretaker responsible for the care of a dependent child under the age of 6.
• A parent or caretaker personally providing the care for a dependent child with serious medical conditions or with a disability.
• Those receiving unemployment compensation and complying with work requirements that are part of the federal-state unemployment compensation system.
• Those participating in a drug addiction or alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation program.

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