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Oklahoma State Department of Health - State Partnership Program

Grantee Information

Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-9228 (Phone)
(405) 271-1337 (Fax)

Within the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Office of Minority Health leads the state in improving the health status of minority and underserved populations. It focuses on seven major areas where health disparities exist, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, immunization and tobacco use.

Grant Project Information

FY10 State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
Linda Thomas
(405) 271-1337


The State Partnership project seeks to improve minority health and reduce health disparities among Oklahoma's racial/ethnic minority populations. More specifically, the project will address the lack of access to health care, poverty and unhealthy behaviors of minority populations. Specific activities include promoting the Body & Soul initiative aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and increasing physical activity among African Americans, developing a Health Disparities Advisory Coalition to represent the minority populations and key stakeholders, increasing public awareness and knowledge about infant mortality through a campaign and increasing access to translators/interpreters to improve access to health care. As a result of the intervention, the project expects a decrease in the disease burden for minorities and an increase in life-sustaining healthy behaviors, as well as an improvement in the cultural competency and health literacy of health care professionals who can provide the minority populations with quality health care. Focus groups, participant surveys and participant self-assessment will be used to collect data.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not specifically identified.

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