Oklahoma Spotlight

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This photo is from a 'Club By Storm' celebration event in Tulsa, OK. Pictured center is Campaign Manager, Kathleen Thomas, along with Free The Night supporters raising awareness for lung health and lung cancer.

While partnering can take patience, and outreach doesn’t always seem effective, you never know what will happen unless you try. Keep on reading to learn about the Free The Night Initiative, making more establishments in Oklahoma smokefree, and how YOU can help spread the word.

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Members of the TSET Healthy Living Program staff gather with Superintendent Scott Roper at a Pleasant Grove Walking School Bus event, a Blue Zones Project initiative. Superintendent Roper has been a Health Champion Leader for the school.

One of the great things about OK In the Know is getting fresh ideas from stories of how Oklahomans are moving the needle forward for our communities to become healthier. For example, a growing partnership in Pottawatomie County is bringing wellness to school in several ways, including allowing students to discover firsthand the importance of agriculture and nutrition.

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Meet Jessica B. Chavez! Jessica is the M-POWER Coordinator for the Latino Community Development Agency, Inc. where she works with local clinics in Oklahoma City to create health systems change to increase referrals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. She is also engaging leaders of the Latino community to advise on a new health initiative. In her spare time, she also serves as a member of the OK In the Know Community Council.

Keep reading to learn more about Jessica’s work and expertise, including  the reason why she might have special insight on your three year old’s behavior. Or, find her in the OK In the Know directory and reach out!

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Meet Jody Reiss! Jody serves as the Healthy Living Program Project Director within the Volunteers for Youth Agency based in Claremore, while also volunteering as a member of the OK in the Know Community Council.

Below you can learn more about Jody, and her roundabout journey to the field of public health, and how she has incorporated her passion into improving the lives of those around her. Despite never having played a sport in her life, she stays very active. Read on to find out how!

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A TSET Healthy Living Program Grantee in Oklahoma County is working to make big changes in the lives of more than 3,000 apartment dwellers. Thanks to their work, a smoke-free policy has been passed with the Manhattan Management Company, which means that nearly 1,300 apartment units will become completely smoke-free.

Read on for the full scoop from Lauran Larson, Business Coordinator at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, on the behind-the-scenes legwork and persistence it has taken to make this happen!

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