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State department of health

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jamie Dukes, Public Information Officer
JamieD@health.ok.gov
(405) 271-5601

For Release: July 18, 2017

Health Officials Warn Residents of Heat-Related Illnesses

Summer is heating up, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illness. Each year, approximately 620 people die from heat-related illness in the United States.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.

It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Feeling dizzy

Heat Stroke

  • Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Feeling confused
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Unconsciousness

A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If any signs are recognizable, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler environment. Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.

The OSDH offers the following safety tips for preventing a heat-related illness:

Stay indoors. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit the mall or public library, or contact the local health department for the location of a heat-relief shelter in the area.

Stay hydrated. Increase your fluid intake to two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids every hour. If you are on water pills or restricted fluid limit, consult a physician first. Avoid liquids which contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar; they contribute to the loss of more body fluid. Very cold drinks can cause stomach cramps and should be avoided as well.

Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing as well as sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.

Closely monitor those who are more vulnerable. Infants, children, people older than 65 years of age, those with mental illness, outdoor workers, athletes and those with physical illnesses such as heart disease or high blood pressure should be closely observed.

Never leave anyone in a vehicle. Never leave anyone, especially children and the elderly, in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked.

For more information on summer heat safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit http://ips.health.ok.gov.

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2017 HealthFair

If anyone would like to be a part of our event that they can call my work cell at 405-380-7763 or my email krowland@ecofhc.org

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211 Oklahoma is pleased to announce the official launch of its new website, designed to work on any device, and built around a powerful new search engine that makes it easier than ever for users to find what they need.  The 211OK website is quick and easy access to more than 10,000 services in the statewide 211 Oklahoma database.

The new site is location-aware and uses the location from your computer or mobile device (if enabled) to show results for all locations offering the searched service.  Starting a search is as easy as typing a need in the search bar.  We’ve also organized information in easy to navigate categories with common language names.  Results are statewide and can be narrowed to show services near the user. With a single click, users can call the agency, visit a website, or get directions. The site also has a Spanish translation feature.  Locations are plotted on an interactive map, allowing users to quickly see the services nearest them.

For more information go to: https://www.211ok.org/

Oklahoma 211

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Health Insurance Marketplace

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE???

Open Enrollment November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017

Health Coverage just for YOU!!!

FREE confidential help is available through ECOFHC to help you get signed up TODAY!

East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc.

Locations in Henryetta, Wetumka and Wewoka

(Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Services)

Call for your appointment

405-452-5400 or 405-380-7763

Spanish Interpretation Available Upon Request

Information and additional resources available at

HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov

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Oklahoma State Department of Health

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jamie Dukes, Public Information Officer
JamieD@health.ok.gov
(405) 271-5601

For Release: January 12, 2017

Assuring Safety in a Power Outage

The threat of upcoming severe winter weather shows potential for a number of Oklahomans to be without power for hours and even days. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds those affected by a power outage to be mindful of safe practices to prevent illness and injury.

Food Safety

OSDH recommends the following guidelines for refrigerated and frozen foods to citizens or food establishments which have been without power for more than four hours:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Discard any potentially hazardous foods such as meats, eggs, dairy products and leftovers when the power has been off for more than four hours. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Frozen foods in a freezer can normally be kept up to 48 hours without power. A frozen product that has thawed should not be refrozen—it should be used immediately or thrown away.

Water Safety

Residents in rural areas may also be without water during a power outage. If the safety of the water is not known, it is recommended to vigorously boil the water for at least one minute to prevent potential waterborne illnesses. Safe water would include store-bought bottled water, or uninterrupted city water. Untreated water should not be used to prepare foods, wash hands or brush teeth.

Heat Safety

It’s important to use caution when heating a home with a fireplace, space heater or wood stove, using them only when they are properly vented. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages or near windows. Don’t use gas appliances such as an oven, range or clothes dryer to heat your home. Improper use of such devices can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

For more information about winter weather safety, visit http://go.usa.gov/cZ454. Preparedness information also is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language by visiting the OSDH YouTube channel and selecting the Preparedness playlist.

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Oklahoma State Department of Health

For Release: January 12, 2017

Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working closely with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to raise awareness of infections, like Cytomegalovirus (CMV), that may cause birth defects.

CMV is a common virus that infects people of all ages. More than half of adults have been infected with CMV by age 40. Most people infected with CMV do not become ill from the virus, but if a pregnant woman is exposed to the virus for the first time during her pregnancy she may spread the virus to her unborn baby.

When a baby is born with CMV infection, it is called congenital CMV. About one out of every 150 babies is born with congenital CMV infection and most babies with congenital CMV infection never show signs or have health problems. However, about one in five babies will have long-term health problems such as hearing loss, vision loss, intellectual disability, small head size, lack of coordination, cerebral palsy, seizures, and weakness or problems using muscles.

One such child is Parker, who was born with signs of CMV infection at birth. He had severe bruising, blood spots from the top of his head to his toes, cerebral palsy, and an enlarged liver and spleen. Parker spent nine days in the NICU where he was diagnosed with congenital CMV infection. As a result of the infection, Parker has had numerous surgeries to correct his vision and to improve his hearing. Today, Parker is thriving with the help of physical, occupational and speech therapies and a structured environment. He is a happy and healthy three-year-old who loves Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, singing, dancing and his big sister.

Pregnant women are most likely to get CMV from young children. CMV is passed from young children to pregnant women through urine or saliva during diaper changes, sharing of eating utensils or exchanging saliva when kissing. The NBDPN warns pregnant women against putting a young child’s food, utensils, drinking cups or pacifiers in their mouth to reduce their exposure to CMV. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs and prevent the spread of germs to others.

OSDH continues to work with healthcare professionals, birthing hospitals, and advocate groups around the state to raise awareness of infections that can cause birth defects.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/cmv/index.html for more information.

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Health Insurance Marketplace

NEED HEALTH INSURANCE???

Open Enrollment November 1, 2016-January 31, 2017

Health Coverage just for YOU!!!

FREE confidential help is available through ECOFHC to help you get signed up TODAY!

East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc.

Locations in Henryetta, Wetumka and Wewoka

(Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Services)

Call for your appointment

405-452-5400 or 405-380-7763

Spanish Interpretation Available Upon Request

Information and additional resources available at

HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov

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Excitement starting to build.  Just received the Preliminary drawings for the new Henryetta site.

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Oklahoma’s Zika threat pales compared to West Nile
The Zika virus, which can cause devastating birth defects, has led to public fear but poses much less risk in Oklahoma than another mosquito-borne disease. Kristy Bradley, state epidemiologist for the state Health Department, said there have been no reports of locally acquired Zika in the United States, outside of two areas of Miami, Fla.
On the other hand, West Nile virus, which is transmitted by a different type of mosquito, has killed 53 people in Oklahoma since 2002 and has forced the hospitalization of dozens of others.
Some of those stricken with West Nile have been paralyzed or suffered encephalitis.
“Many have long-standing complications and never fully recover,” she said.
Bradley testified Wednesday before Oklahoma legislators examining the risks of Zika.
There have been 26 travel-associated cases of the disease in Oklahoma, including one pregnant woman.
There is no vaccine or medicine to treat the virus, which:
• Is transmitted by the Aedes-species mosquito and also can be transmitted sexually.
• Can lead to flu-like symptoms, lasting as long as a week.
• Can cause severe birth defects including microcephaly (abnormally small head), eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. Pregnant women are advised to stay out of areas where local transmission is occurring.
• Doesn’t pose a risk for birth defects in babies conceived after the disease has cleared a woman’s blood.
Bradley said there are several reasons for thinking Zika may not end up posing major problems in this country.
“There is a consensus among U.S. health experts that Zika will not become widespread in the United States,” she said.
The mosquitoes that spread the disease fly only about 200 yards in their lifetime and prefer human blood.
Only small numbers of this particular species of mosquito have been found in Oklahoma.
Any potential outbreaks would likely take place in heavily populated areas, where people spend a lot of time outdoors and there is adequate breeding habitat like areas of standing water.
The West Nile virus poses much more of a health challenge because it is carried by the Culex mosquito in a disease transmission cycle that includes birds that can travel long distances.
This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid- to late-summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is drier.
People over 50 are at greater risk of developing serious complications from West Nile, including serious illness involving the nervous system.
Mosquito activity is highest during early morning and evening hours.
Health officials advise use of insect repellents and recommend draining or treating standing water with a mosquito larvicide.

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OSDH News Release
09/21/2016

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Corey Robertson, Public Information Officer
CoreyR@health.ok.gov
(405) 271-5601
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For Release: September 21, 2016


Older Adults Have the Power to Prevent a Fall


Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is celebrating the ninth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22. Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls 2016 will highlight three goals that all older adults have the power to achieve:
1. Be ready: Education is the most important step to being ready to prevent a fall. There are resources online to help older adults understand their risk of falling. They can also enroll in evidence-based falls prevention programs to learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to sustain their strength.
2. Be steady: Older adults can be steady if they take simple steps to prevent falls. These include talking with a doctor about medications, getting hearing and vision checkups, and assessing living spaces for hazards.
3. Be balanced: Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, preparation, and community support. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is an opportunity to take a look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and think about how we can make changes that help our parents, grandparents, aging neighbors, and even ourselves from falls.
Nationally, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms in every age group except 15-24 years. Falls are the leading cause of injury death among adults 65 years and older. Every year in Oklahoma, about 7,000 older adults are hospitalized and more than 450 die from a fall. Acute care hospital charges alone total more than $250 million dollars a year.
The Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program has been proven to reduce the risk of falls. In Oklahoma, many individuals have been trained as Tai Chi instructors and teach classes around the state to older adults. This exercise program focuses on improving functional abilities such as, balance and physical function to reduce fall-related risks and frequency of falls. Oklahoma seniors are invited to join a local Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance class.
To receive more information on the classes and how to prevent falls, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visithttp://falls.health.ok.gov.
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Mumps Confirmed in Garfield County
09/14/2016
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Tony Sellars, Office of Communications
TonySellars@health.ok.gov
(405) 271-5601
For Release: September 14, 2016

Mumps Outbreak Confirmed in Garfield County

Four cases of mumps have been confirmed this week in Garfield County, and at least 34 more suspected cases are under investigation after students in two Enid Public Schools exhibited symptoms of the disease. Those currently affected range in age from less than one-year old to 41 years of age, with the majority of cases being found in middle school and high school students. State and local public health officials are working closely with schools and healthcare providers to rapidly identify suspected cases and exclude affected persons from childcare centers, schools or workplaces during the timeframe they are able to transmit mumps to other persons.

Mumps is a virus that is spread from one person to another by coughing, sneezing, and direct contact with saliva, such as eating or drinking after an infected person. Symptoms of mumps include swelling on one or both sides of the face, tenderness of the salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, slight fever, headache, general aches and muscle pain. The illness usually resolves without medical intervention, but in rare cases can lead to serious complications and hospitalization.

Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after infection. Infected individuals can transmit the virus two days before symptoms appear and up to five days after symptoms begin.

“If parents observe symptoms of mumps in their child, we are strongly requesting that the child be kept at home for the five days after those symptoms are discovered,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. “This is the most effective way to prevent the disease from spreading.”

Two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine required for school attendance are 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. The MMR vaccine is recommended on or after a child’s first birthday with a second dose at four to six years of age. People who are born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against mumps should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine. OSDH recommends that parents follow-up with your child’s healthcare provider to determine if your child is up-to-date on their MMR vaccination. Children that need to receive the MMR vaccine may get it from their healthcare provider or the Garfield County Health Department.

OSDH has prepared a fact sheet on mumps that can be found at https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/Mumps.pdf .

 

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*** Transfer your prescriptions for free ***

We are happy to announce that we are accepting prescriptions transfers from Tyler Drug in Wetumka. We accept most insurance plans. Contact Christopher J Tyler, Dph at our pharmacy, (405) 452-5400 to check your drug availability.


Health Center Week, August 7 – 13th

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You’re invited!!!

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Planning Committee Hughes County

Next Meeting:        August 9, 2016

12:00pm

East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center

Board Room

120 East Broadway St.

Wetumka, Oklahoma  74883

405-452-3151

Please join us to plan for teen pregnancy prevention interventions in your community and school.


Announcement:

July 20, 2016 — ECOFHC wishes to convey sincere condolences to our Board Chairman, Vernon Stout, for the passing of his mother.  Please keep Vernon and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: ECOFHC Administration Office

May 6, 2016                                                                          405-452-3151

ddyer@ecofhc.org

East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. (ECOFHC) Is Pleased To Announce The Receipt Of A $1,000,000 Grant To Construct A New Health Center In Henryetta To Serve More Patients.

Donna Dyer, CEO stated: “On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. was notified of the receipt of a $1,000,000 grant to construct a new Health Center building in Henryetta to provide primary health care, dental health care and behavioral health care services in one location. This state of the art building project has resulted from a collaborative effort between ECOFHC, the City of Henryetta, EPA and ODEQ. This project is supported by state and federal elected officials”. ECOFHC-Henryetta will be located at U.S. Hwy 75 and U.S Hwy 266. ECOFHC is in the planning process at this time and project will be completed within 3 years.

ECOFHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center which accepts most insurances, Veteran’s Choice, Medicaid (SoonerCare), Medicare and the uninsured. ECOFHC continues to accept new patients at our two Henryetta locations. For primary health care, Dr. Gary Lovell, Chief Medical Officer, Rebecca Helms – Nurse Practitioner and Andrea Coy – Physician’s Assistant are located at 1102 West Main, Henryetta. For dental health care, Dr. E.M. Nelson, D.D.S and Ashley Baird – Dental Hygienist is located at 217 South 5th, Henryetta.   Rachel Lindemann – LPC provides counseling and now Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss and Stress Relief.

340B pharmacy services for ECOFHC patients are provided at Henryetta Drug.

Dyer states the “ECOFHC’s mission is to provide affordable, high quality, patient centered health care for East Central Oklahoma. This is an exciting time for ECOFHC and Henryetta”.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under C8DCS29734, Health Infrastructure Investment Program in the amount of $1,000,000. 24.46% of this project is funded through non-federal and local resources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

More information will be forthcoming in the coming weeks and months.

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ECOFHC Wewoka Now Open!

Look for us at 121 N Mekusukey Ave, Wewoka!

Angela "Angie" Yates, APRN-CMP

Angie Yates, APRN-CMP, now accepting patients at ECOFHC Wewoka!

Five Oklahoma Health Centers Receive $3,809,085 to Increase Access to Affordable Health

August 11, 2015 – Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell announced approximately $169 million in grant funding to communities across America to support new sites and expand access at health centers. Oklahoma received five awards: Lawton Community Health Center (Comanche County Hospital Authority) for Stephens and Jefferson counties; East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. for Wewoka in Seminole County; Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. for the Sandy Park Apartment Complex in Sand Springs; Oklahoma Community Health Services, Inc. dba Variety Care for Northwest Oklahoma City; and Panhandle Counseling Health Services, Inc. for Guymon in Texas County (a New Start grantee). The five awards total $3,809,085 and will provide health services to an additional 16,333 Oklahomans.

“This funding will help five more communities get access to the care they need at an affordable price,” said Dee Porter, CEO, Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), the association representing health centers across the state. “We are thrilled for the twentieth health center organization in this state as well as the satellite sites funded.”

Oklahoma community health centers (CHCs), as public-private partnerships governed by a patient-majority board, work to improve the health of communities by ensuring access to high-quality primary health care services. CHCs offer a sliding-fee scale to qualifying patients, and see people with or without medical coverage. Services include primary medical care, dental and behavioral health and are cost-effective, patient-centered health homes. There are now 20 CHC organizations with 77 sites located in 43 counties across the state, serving almost 177,000 Oklahomans – promoting better health for more people at the lowest cost.

“Since health centers are community-based and locally governed, this will make a huge impact on families and individuals in the area,” continued Porter. “With new, affordable health insurance options available, CHCs are key partners in helping uninsured Oklahomans find health coverage.”

The announcement was made as part of National Health Center Week, an annual celebration that highlights the many accomplishments of the America’s health centers – which include 9,000 sites serving nearly 23 million people. OKPCA is the state association for community health centers (CHCs) and other safety-net providers. With more than 77 sites across Oklahoma, CHCs are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, insured or uninsured. Health centers see everyone – and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level. For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.

WELCOME:

ECOFHC is pleased to welcome Ashley Dexter, Registered Dental Hygienist.  Ashley will be seeing patients on Monday and Wednesday in Henryetta and Tuesday and Thursday in Wetumka.    She began seeing patients on July 6, 2015.

ANNOUCEMENTS:

Diabetes Education Classes

Diabetic Educator:  Tina Gordon, RN, BSN, CDE East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center announces free diabetes education classes for ECOFHC patients.  No appointment necessary. Wetumka Site:  First Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the ECOFHC Conference Room, 109 S. Main, 405-452-5400. Henryetta Site:  Second Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the ECOFHC Lobby, 1102 W. Main, 918-652-9614.


It is with great sadness that the ECOFHC Board of Directors accepted Bobby Ray’s resignation after 13 years service.  Bobby was one of the original board members during the grant application process.  We wish him well in his retirement.


Links for up-to-date Ebola Information: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ www.ebola.health.ok.gov