Oklahoma State Department of Health, Government & Regulatory Affairs – External Partnerships

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This page provides an overview of the staff within the Oklahoma State Department of Health responsible for maintaining external partnerships. The focus areas of the Government & Regulatory Affairs Department include: legislative, policy, strategic planning, partnerships and data/statistics. External Partnerships staff work to engage local, state and national partners in activities and projects to aid OSDH in fulfilling its core public health services – prevention, promotion and protection.


External Partnerships includes the following offices:

Office of Tribal Liaison

The mission of the Office of the Tribal Liaison (OTL) is to demonstrate a respect for sovereignty and advocate for tribal nations by fostering inclusive partnerships using sound public health practices. OTL works with OSDH leadership, tribal nations and tribal serving entities to achieve tribal-state synergy for optimal holistic health.

They provide:

  • Government-to-government consultation with tribal nations
  • Partnership building and collaborations among tribal nations, federal, state, community stakeholders
  • Cultural competency training among OSDH workforce
  • Implementation of culturally appropriate and effective communication
  • Dissemination and translation of American Indian public health findings into meaningful knowledge and field practice

Related Resources:


Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development focuses on two primary areas – statewide access to healthcare planning and health workforce development.

They provide:

  • Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) & Medically Underserved Area/Populations (MUA/P) Designation and Analysis
  • J-1 Visa Waivers Program
  • National Interest Waiver Program
  • National Health Service Corps Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Provides local Community Technical Assistance
    • Recruitment and retention strategic planning
    • Policy development
    • Community health needs assessments

Related Resources: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development Data and Reports, including:

  • Oklahoma Health Workforce Databook
  • Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
  • National Health Service Corps
  • Medically Underserved Areas
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Healthcare Resources & Facilities

Office of Health Equity & Minority Health

The Office of Health Equity & Minority Health works with communities to eliminate health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability and death.

They provide:

  • Initiation and maintenance of strategic partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, national, region, state and local organizations to advance science, practice and workforce for eliminating health disparities
  • Interpretation & Translation Services
  • Cultural competency and medical interpretation/translation training among OSDH workforce

Related Resource: Oklahoma Minority Health at a Glance 2016


To see how External Partnerships fits into the network of community, philanthropic, and government partners of the Public Health Academy of Oklahoma (PHAO) initiative, click here.

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