Meet Laura Matlock! She’s serving as a School Sector Coordinator for the TSET Healthy Living Program in McClain County.
Read on to learn more about Laura, her public health background, and her work with the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan Coordinated School Health workgroup (OHIP CSH).
Q & A
Q: Everyone has a story to tell! What have you done in the past?
A: My love of public health began during my internship with the Cleveland County Health Department. I was allowed the opportunity to intern while earning my Master’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science with emphasis in Health Promotions. After graduating I found my first Public Health job working at the State Health Department as a Program Evaluator for the REACH grant working with Native American tribes. Since then I have had a few different roles at the State Health Department before choosing to take a position closer to home and working on community based initiatives as a TSET HLP grantee in McClain County.
During the time of my graduate work and into the early stages of my work in public health field, my husband and I welcomed two children into our family: Elsie (10) and Heston (7). I’ve had a passion for kids and health long before I had children of my own, but putting my kids in childcare and then elementary school has enhanced my passion for health and its need to be integrated into Early Child Care Centers and Schools.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I serve as a co-chair on the statewide, Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan Coordinated School Health (OHIP CSH) workgroup. This allows me to work on School Health topics that will affect things at the state level as well as within the local communities.
Within one of our communities in McClain County, we have developed a Healthy Retail Resolution and associated taskforce. This means I’m learning more and more about the retail environment, economic development, access to healthy food, and local governments each day.
Q: What are your favorite ways to use OK In the Know?
A: I love to read the forums and request input from others in the OK In the Know community about similar things happening in their county areas. There is no use recreating the wheel, I’d rather learn from others.
Ask her about…
A: I’m a pretty passionate person when it comes to lots of things… right now, I’d say ask me about school health or health data! I love talking about data and finding the right information to support a cause.
- My husband and I enjoy taking the kids to experience different opportunities to be physically active, including hiking local trails, riding bikes around OU campus, and visiting playgrounds and parks across the state. With baby #3 on the way, we are excited to start her off in an active lifestyle at a very early age! (References for baby carriers to use for hiking are appreciated!)
- I love trying new recipes (current favorite- Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts) and experimenting with repurposed craft projects. Pinterest is my go-to resource!