A town hall meeting and health fair on public health epidemics in Oklahoma will be held Thursday, Feb. 16.
The health fair will be at 5:30 p.m., with the town hall meeting 7 to 9 p.m. Both events will be at the Oklahoma City Marriott, 3233 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. Enter through the north doors.
Presentations will be made by Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., Oklahoma commissioner of health; Gary Cox, J.D., director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department ; David Blatt Ph.D., director of the OK Policy Institute; Ray Vaughn ,J.D., Oklahoma County commissioner, District 3; Terri White, M.S.W., commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse; and Ed Shadid, M.D., Oklahoma City councilor, Ward 2.
The health fair will include physical and mental health screenings. Participants can get information about counseling services, nutrition, diabetes, substance abuse, smoking cessation, aging, trauma, suicide prevention, cancer detection and prevention and fitness from organizations such as the Oklahoma City County Health Department, American Heart Association, Calm Waters, Daily Living Centers, Eagle Ridge, Variety Care, Oklahoma Turning Point, NorthCare, Sunbeam Family Services, Oklahoma Policy Institute and Saint Anthony.
More than 36 organizations will be represented.Both the health fair and town hall meeting are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. ”Oklahoma is rapidly becoming the leader in epidemics such as obesity, drug and alcohol dependency and tobacco use,” Shadid said. “Maintaining the status quo will result in tremendous personal, social and economic pain and is unsustainable. It’s time to fight back.”
For additional information, call Shadid at 297-2402 or view the Facebook Event.
Citizens interested in learning how they can help others until first responders arrive at the scene of a disaster can enroll now for a free, three-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course.
The training will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Feb. 23-24 and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Regional Multiagency Coordination Center, 4600 Martin Luther King. Participants must attend all three days to complete the course.
The training will be taught by certified CERT Instructors and will cover:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire safety
- Disaster medical operations
- Light search and rescue operations
- CERT organization
- Disaster psychology
”Each citizen has a responsibility to be prepared for a disaster,” Oklahoma City Emergency Manager Sgt. Frank Barnes said. “During major emergency, citizens can work together more effectively if they have prior planning and training.
” CERT training will enhance the ability of individuals and neighborhoods to reduce their emergency needs and to manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.”
Class is limited to 15 students. Enroll by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 605-8983. Please include the date of the class you want to attend. Enrollment for the Febr. 23 class closes Feb. 22.
A second training class will be offered on March 15-17.
For more information visit the Community Emergency Response Team website at www.citizencorps.gov/cert/