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.