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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. The Foundation’s conducts research and awards grants for a range of health issues, in particular focusing on health coverage, health system improvement, child and family well-being, training for doctors and nurses, healthy weight and healthy communities.

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The Public Health Law Center is a national nonprofit law and policy organization that help health leaders, officials, and advocates use the law to advance public health.  The Center offers webinars and other public health law resources on their website.

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Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts health and safety research to develop more effective prevention, treatment and safety strategies. There research includes work on alcohol abuse, substance abuse, mental health, traffic safety, injury, violence and health economics.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is responsible for protecting and improving the public’s health status through strategies that focus on preventing disease. Three major service branches, Community & Family Health Services, Prevention & Preparedness Services and Protective Health Services, provide technical support and guidance to all county and city-county health departments.

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The Office of Minority Health addresses disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services and barriers to health care for racial and ethnic minorities. Their website includes resources on the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations including those related to policy, data collection, capacity building, cultural competency and funding for minority populations.

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is a federal agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that helps to provide healthcare and health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout the United States. The goal of the IHS is to raise the health status of these groups to the highest possible level.

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