Oklahoma health a priority

Anyone can attend to hear local, state report statistics

By Katrina Goforth - kgoforth@civitasmedia.com

The Jackson County Community Health Action Team or JCCHAT, a coalition with the mission to improve the health and well being of local residents through programs, policies, and education, will be hosting a State of the State Listening Session on Oct. 12 in lieu of the regular monthly meeting.

The coalition is made up of representatives from local schools, businesses, professionals, health providers, and public service providers working to make the community healthier.

The session is slated 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at Jackson County Memorial Hospital at 1200 E. Pecan St. in Altus. The Oklahoma Department of Health is in the process of updating the State of the State Health Report, which will be the focus of the session.

The hour and a half session will provide information regarding the health status of Oklahomans and serve to explain how various health outcomes affect the state.

Those in attendance will be guided in how to interpret patterns of data across the state observing health statistics over time and within particular groups. Attendees will also be asked to give feedback on the quality and accessibility of the report.

Statistics on mortality rates, leading causes of death, disease rates, risk factors and behaviors, and socioeconomic factors will be included in the report and discussed at the session.

The report also takes a closer look at the health of the state at the county level, providing statistics specific to Jackson County.

According to the State of the State Health Report for 2014, “Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate.”

Jackson County excelled in 2014 in the number of flu and pneumonia vaccinations administered to senior citizens and a lower rate of diabetes and kidney disease-related deaths.

The report attributes poor health to behavioral risk factors such as lower fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity.

Those associated with populations of poorer health, local government, nonprofit organizations, community foundations, voluntary programs, schools, faith-based organizations, health care providers, and the general public who wish to join the discussion and provide feedback are encouraged to do so.

Contact Dennie Christian at 580-379-7630 to RSVP for the session if interested in attending.

Anyone can attend to hear local, state report statistics

By Katrina Goforth


Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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