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Public Health Survey 2014 OKC: Public targets topics for planning

Kristin Culver of Oklahoma City County Health Department shares findings
Kristin Culver of Oklahoma City County Health Department shares findings

Friday afternoon, Kristin Culver, the Kristin Culver, MA, MPH, MSW, Wellness Now Supervisor over the Public Health Survey 2014, Oklahoma City-County Health Department 921 NE 23rd Street Oklahoma City, OK 73105 405.425.4315 shared via email the Wellness Now Outcomes Survey. Next is an excerpt of her message to the public.

The list was given to participants of the Wellness Now Public Health Survey Workshop, as an unorganized list. Below, the list is in ranking order of votes defining priority as voted in a SurveyMonkey survey by participants.

"Thank you for the incredible response we received to the Wellness Now Outcomes Survey. Below, you will find a list of the top indicators selected by the coalition in the order of responses received (from greatest to least number). In addition to sharing these results with you, I am writing to request your input: If you have knowledge of any evidence-based promising practices, programs, or policies related to the indicators listed below, please share that information with me by replying to this email by end of day on Monday, January 13th, 2014."

All Causes of Chronic Disease Mortality
Grocery Store Availability
Education Attainment
Mental Health Visits
Substance Abuse
All Cancers
Cardiovascular disease
Births to Teens 17 and Younger
No Maternal Prenatal Care
Maternal Education
Suicide Mortality
Preventable Hospital Stays
Single Mother Households
Heart Attack
Free or Reduced Lunch
Infant Mortality Rate
Median Household Income
Births to Unmarried Women

Plans are to dedicate measures and efforts towards better understanding and tackling these issues.

The original list was compiled in part in discussions with this event

This is merely the release of incremental findings, and there is not a projected start date for other plans.

This list is a result of the second public health survey, which allows for Oklahoman's to have increasing faith in selected programs of service, but also to define and measure possible needs and performance levels to match national standards and and national collections of service delivery for topics like those above. These were some of the original deciding players and discussions, which led to this list.

This is an exciting advancement for Oklahoma, who overall ranks low in public health programming. Perhaps this sharing of status and focus will invite more residents to contact their politicians to determine how more funding can follow these identified needs and desires.

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