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Health & Wellness
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:17

ECOR MIPS - Stakeholders Meeting

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Local Response Partners, It’s time once again for our Local MIPS / MCM (Mass Immunization and Prophylaxis Strategy) (Medical Counter Measures) Stakeholders Update Meeting for LeFlore County.


This year’s meeting will be on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9am until 12pm at the LeFlore County Health Department located at 1204 Dewey Ave in Poteau.


Once again, this year’s update meeting will culminate in a short discussion based Table Top Exercise to help everyone better understand their individual agencies role in a MIPS / MCM response here in our community.


Unlike in some years past, this year we have several major changes to bring everyone up to speed on including the Consolidation for our local plan into a Regional plan that will be referred to as the Oklahoma MIPS East Central Oklahoma Regional MIPS / MCM plan or ECOR MIPS for short. There may be some changes that affect your company, agency or personal participation in the MIPS / MCM Plan so it is imperative that you, your company or your agency is represented at this meeting by someone who is knowledgeable of your capabilities, and / or participation commitments in the past.


Additional stakeholder’s meetings  have been scheduled in Sallisaw on Oct 19th and Muskogee on Nov 16th which will be identical meetings.


Contact Bobby Parker by email or phone if you have any questions about this meeting or your agencies role in making the MIPS / MCM plan work to save lives here in our community.


His contact number is (918) 721-3409  feel free to contact him by phone call or text at this number.


Bobby Parker Jr. OCEM, OEMR, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Local Emergency Response Coordinator (LERC), LeFlore, Haskell, Latimer, Sequoyah & Muskogee Counties, Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator -
Leflore Regional Unit # 1987


Office: (918)647-8601 - BlackBerry: (918)721-3409 Pin: 27F43A0A - Fax: (918)647-2741 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Amateur Radio ID: KF5ANU - Advanced ICS Instructor: # 1144, Oklahoma Certified Emergency Medical Responder

Monday, 09 October 2017 16:01

Autism Screening in Wilburton

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The Pervasive Parenting Center (C.P.R.C.) will provide FREE autism screening to families in eastern Oklahoma on Monday, Oct. 30 in Wilburton.


The services are available by appointment only, and will be held at the Latimer County Public Library 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thanks to training from the Oklahoma Autism Center, and a donation from the Cherokee Nation, PPC will is now offer screening services in eastern Oklahoma. They can also provide them, by appointment, to anyone at their office in Poteau, OK.


Early identification and early intervention are key to ensure optimal outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The first steps in this process are awareness and screening. Families should be aware of the developmental milestones that children typically reach around certain ages as well as warning signs that could possibly indicate risk for ASD or other developmental delays.


Screening provides families who have concerns about their child's development to quickly and efficiently find out if their child is at risk for ASD and needs further assessment. Screening is not the same thing as diagnostic evaluation and cannot identify whether a child does or does not have autism. Instead, screening is tool, or stepping stone, that can determine what the next step should be. If you have concerns about your child's development, screening can show possible risk for Autism Spectrum disorder, or other delays, and what sort of further assessment may be needed. All screenings include resources and referrals to help the family take the next steps toward providing for their child's long-term developmental health.


“This is something that is needed in the area,” said Kodey Toney, center director. “We have some screening resources in the area, but they are very limited, and have become harder to access. This is something that we now offer and are making an effort bring it to the families.”


According to the Center for Disease Control 1 in 68 are diagnosed with the neurological disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects children’s social and language skills.


The PPC was created to help families in eastern Oklahoma find resources available for people with disabilities.


For more information, or for an appointment call (918) 647-1255, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, 08 October 2017 21:22

Running Down A Dream

Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney


I attended the Oklahoma Transition Institute in Norman, and came back with some great insight. I’m going to enclose a couple things that resonate with what I have been sharing lately. If you’ve followed me long you with know that I have shared some of this before, but I think it’s important to remember.

During a breakout session I had a close friend and mentor say something that I found important. Jen Randle, director of the Youth Leadership Forum, that helps transitioning students prepare for post-secondary education, stated some advice that I will paraphrase. She said that as parents we think we know what a good life for our child would be, and for the most part we do. What we should be doing though is giving our children experiences to help them make that decision for themselves.

In other words, we get so hung up on what we think they should be doing with their future that we steer them in that direction and don’t let them make their own decisions. Better yet, we don’t even give them enough information to know what might be of interest for them. We either think they can’t do certain things, are scared of letting them explore other options, or are afraid they will fail. The question becomes, have we ever failed? Did we get the chances in life to try things to see if we like them?

Loosen the strings a little and give them room. You will not always be here to guide them. Let them learn to guide themselves.

Another point she made was to help your child reach as many goals as possible without system related supports.

I’ve said this many times, but it’s worth repeating; let them be as independent or interdependent as possible. Nobody is 100 percent independent. We rely on someone to help if something happens in life. That is why it is vital to a child’s future to let them do things on their own.

My wife and I have had this conversation several times lately because so many times parents come to me asking how to get a paraprofessional for their child in the classroom. I believe teachers could use help in the classroom, but it’s not often that the child needs an aide specifically assigned to them. Many parents will disagree with me, but as long as there is someone in that room to assist if things get out of hand everything will be ok. Your child might need to be redirected a little, or encouraged to download their work, but to have someone leaning over them all the time, and oftentimes just doing too much for them, they are never going learn to be fully independent. Will they have those services when they are older? Better yet, do you want them to? If your answer is no, that you want your child to succeed in life without supports then allow them to learn that way as much as possible.

Let them dream big, and give them the tools to live that dream.



Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – After more than 11 years of litigation, tobacco companies found guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws, lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and marketing to children will begin publishing corrective statements next month.
In court documents filed Monday, the parties in the federal civil lawsuit reached an agreement on the publication of corrective statements. The proposed agreement lays out a timeline the tobacco industry will use to publish statements that disclose to the public that the companies lied about the dangers of secondhand smoke, mislead consumers about the health effects of tobacco use and marketed tobacco to children.

Lorillard Inc., Altria, owner of Philip Morris USA, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. are required to air the corrective statements on ABC, CBS or NBC five times per week for a year. The companies are also required to publish corrective statements in the Sunday editions of 35 newspapers and on newspaper websites.

The corrective statement newspaper ads are expected to run in the front Sunday section of newspapers on Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4. In Oklahoma, corrective statements will appear in the Black Chronicle, per the judge’s order. Corrective statements will also appear in the Dallas Morning News, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

The tobacco companies are also required to post statements on their websites and affix corrective statements to cigarette packs several times during a two-year period.

In 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the tobacco companies were guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws, lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and marketing to children. The judge ordered the the companies to publish corrective statements, and the tobacco companies have spent 11 years litigating the contents and placement of the statements in court.

“Since its inception, the tobacco industry has profited from deceptively promoting products that lead to disease, death and economic hardship,” said John Woods, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) executive director. “To counter tobacco industry tactics and misinformation, TSET’s Tobacco Stops with Me has worked to educate Oklahomans about the negative impact of tobacco for nearly a decade. For the first time, the tobacco industry is being forced educate the public about the dangers of their product instead of spending money to market these deadly products.”


The statements must address the following areas where tobacco companies mislead the public:
• Adverse health effects of smoking
• Addictiveness of smoking and nicotine
• Lack of significant health benefit from switching to low tar, light, or ultra light cigarettes
• Manipulation of cigarette design to increase nicotine levels delivered to smokers
• Adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke


In Oklahoma alone, smoking kills more than 7,500 adults annually and leaves thousands suffering with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Tobacco doesn’t just affect the user. For Oklahoma’s children, 1-in-5 lives with secondhand smoke, contributing to asthma, ear and lung infections and more missed school days.

“In Oklahoma, tobacco companies spend $169 million yearly to market cigarettes and other tobacco products to young adults. Not surprisingly, nine out of 10 tobacco users start before the age of 18,” Woods said. “These corrective statements will make a huge difference to millions of Americans who have been lied to for decades through deceitful marketing campaigns by the tobacco industry.”

About Tobacco Stops With Me Tobacco Stops With Me is a statewide campaign, funded through the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Trust, that provides an efficient, emotional and highly recognizable tobacco-free message for Oklahomans to rally around. By educating the public about the negative effects and impact of tobacco, the goal of Tobacco Stops With Me is to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and improve the health and quality of life of every Oklahoman. Tobacco Stops With Me aims to inspire individuals to make positive changes—not only for their own health, but for the health of the entire state as well.

About TSET 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 with local coalitions and initiatives 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. To learn more go to

Monday, 02 October 2017 00:15


Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney


I have a Bible app on my phone, and try to read it everyday. If anyone has used it you know there are plans to follow, and I try to do that as well. So, this morning I was reading and something about this particular lesson hit me as something I could relate to easily. I thought I would share.

This passage said, imagine riding a bicycle. If you keep looking behind, or focus straight down, you will inevitably end up crashing into something. It’s important to keep looking forward and engage in the new things that God is doing.

I think as a parent of any child, but especially one with special needs, this is true. Don’t look in the past. If you have made mistakes, and we all do, then learn from them. For newly diagnosed families I say don’t look in the past. It wasn’t anything you did that caused the disorder.

Don’t focus down. Keep your head up. I always tell people in my trainings that I’m not a perfect dad, but I try really hard. I think that’s all you can do, so keep your head up even when you feel like you haven’t done your best.

Keep looking forward. You can’t change anything that’s already happened. You can only work to make tomorrow.

One of my favorite sayings is something along the lines of this; I’m not in a competition with anyone. I only want to make sure that I’m a better person today than I was yesterday.
I hope to that you are trying to help your child be better than yesterday too.



Friday, 29 September 2017 11:09

EOMC to host Blood Drive

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, is having a Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 3rd from 10:00 am- 2:30 pm.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Hospital Lab at 918-647-8161 or call Greg at 479-652-2362.

Donors receive their choice of OU or OSU T-shirt.


Photo ID Required.


Win from within...GIVE BLOOD!!

Monday, 25 September 2017 11:30

Can’t Stop Me Now

Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney


I know it’s been a couple weeks since I wrote a column, but I’ve been extremely busy with work. I have been working with Schools and parents to help students perform better in school. I just returned from New Jersey where I was learning more about the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). While that is interesting, I’m not going to go into detail yet about it. I do want to share a little story about Konner.

This morning I was getting Konner ready for school like I always do, when I asked him if he had socks. He said that he didn’t, and I asked if he thought he should get them.
“No,” he replied. “I want you to do it because I’m too lazy.”

“That won’t fly around here,” I said. “You need to go get your socks. You know where they are.”

He said, “Ok, l’m not really lazy. I just wanted to play on my iPad some more.”

He’s honest to a fault sometimes. I usually always know what he’s thinking because he doesn’t hesitate to tell me.

The other part of this story that I want to point out is that I try to make Konner do things for himself. My goal in life is to make him as independent as possible. That is why over they years, even though I help him get ready for school, I make him do most of the work. I just supervise. I make sure that he does everything, but, aside from opening his medicine and fixing his hair, he does everything else. My next step is the hair though.

He fixes his own lunch, puts on his clothes, finds his school things, and gets his shoes and socks on. I’m pretty proud of this, though it has taken years of work to get here.

Too many times I see parents that want to do too much for their child. I understand, but, as I’ve said many times before, that breeds learned helplessness. The only thing holding your child back is you and your child.

Sunday, 24 September 2017 23:39

November Support Group Meeting - Roland

Press release


The Pervasive Parenting Center and Developmental Wings are combining efforts to help families in eastern Oklahoma.


The two non-profits will present Family Support Night on Monday November 27, at 6 pm. This will be held at the Waylon Jones Complex in Roland, OK.

The Pervasive Parenting Center will offer their monthly parent support group meeting to help the families find resources, talk to other families, and provide moral support for coping with disabilities. This meeting is open to everyone including families, professionals, teachers, etc.

Developmental Wings will offer their regular music and art therapies to children at the same time. These classes are designed to engage children and encourage creativity.

These services are provided free to local families.

“Last year we started partnering with Developmental Wings, to offer childcare for the children during support meetings,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “This is a real issue for parents to find some place for their children to go while they receive the help they need. Developmental Wings is a wonderful organization, and they offer therapies for the children, so we thought it would be a way we could help each other out and the families as well.”

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-647-1255, 918-658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Michelle Qualls-Long at 479-459-0645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Press release

With flu season upon us, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced county health departments will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.


Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. Cases of influenza hospitalizations have already been reported for this season.

“We are especially encouraging those in the age group of 18-64 to get their flu vaccination,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “During the 2016-17 flu season, there were 715 hospitalizations and 28 deaths among this age group.”

In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 years of age and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their health care provider about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is also available at county health departments.
County health departments will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. The following fee schedule will apply:

• All individuals with health insurance should bring their card. Their insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
• Children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaskan natives may receive their vaccine at no charge through the Vaccine for Children Program.
• All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.

Oklahoma County and Tulsa County residents should check with their city-county health departments for fee schedules available for those county residents.

For more information, call a local county health department or visit the OSDH website at


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