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OKC Metro Literacy Coalition Member Profile:
Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign

What’s this? A health collaborative that belongs to a literacy coalition?

What is Health Equity and how is that a literacy concern?

The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) addresses inequities that are a result of social determinants of health – life enhancing resources such as transportation, housing and literacy. OHEC provides the opportunity for groups to build on the strengths, assets, and resources of a community, and work toward reducing the health inequities of under-served populations in Oklahoma.

In 2011, Marisa New, the manager of Health Equity and Resource Opportunities (HERO) Division, Partnerships for Health Improvement, in the Oklahoma State Department of Health, called looking to include literacy in their policy and programming work. After some conversation, Leslie Gelders of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries joined us. Together, we formulated a Literacy and Health Equity Position Statement. The OHEC reviewed, vetted and adopted the position after several educational presentations. (You can see that position statement, by visiting the Oklahoma Health Literacy Clearinghouse at

Ultimately, more representatives from organizations such as transportation, housing, public health, insurance, the faith-based community, and many health partners formed a standing committee from which the first statewide Health Literacy Summit was created in 2012. The mission of that first summit was to educate those in health professions, insurance companies, social services and literacy organizations about the strong connection between health outcomes and literacy. Low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes such as higher rates of hospitalization and less use of preventive services. A second Health Literacy Summit was held in 2014 as well as a Faith-Based Health and Literacy Conference.

This important work continues so individuals at low levels of literacy, including those who do not speak English, can:

  • Communicate with health professionals
  • Navigate the healthcare system
  • Understand self-care and chronic-disease management
  • Obtain and process basic health information

The primary responsibility for improving health literacy lies with health professionals in both healthcare and public health. Adult educators can be productive partners in reaching adults with limited literacy skills. We must work together to ensure that health information and services can be understood and used by all Oklahomans. We must engage in skill building with healthcare patients and health and literacy professionals.

Participants in the 2014 Health Literacy Summit (left to right) include: Melissa Muncy Struttman, Creek County Literacy Program; Jesse Cradduck, pastor, Marantha Ministry of Hope; Dr. Andrew Pleasant, Canyon Ranch Institute; Marisa New, Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Resources for Health Literacy Events for Families

National Center for Families Learning is excited to announce the launch of Healthy Family Habits, an online resource dedicated to providing families with real-world ways to establish and hone healthy habits. This new (and completely free) set of materials offers step-by-step guides and downloadable resources for schools and community organizations seeking support in planning and hosting health-literacy events for families.

Healthy Family Habits also includes interactive features designed to help families facilitate at-home conversations about health and generate ideas for implementing healthful activities. [All resources are available in English and Spanish.]

Learn more here!

Scrabble Showdown Recap and Winners

A special thanks to everyone who came to the 6th Annual Scrabble Showdown! It was an entertaining evening for the 80 people who played in the Scrabble tournament, and the OKC Scrabble Club really heated up the competition this year. We appreciate our event sponsors:  Irish Realty & Main Street Parking, Castle Falls Event Center, Susie's Catering, The Mantor Family, E.B. Enterprises, LLC, and The Naifeh Family.

Congratulations to the winners! First Place in the Recreational Tournament went to Beth Clemens and Gary Greenslade with It's My Community! Initiative, and the Club Tournament Champion was Glenda Short. The winners took home a trophy and Kindle Paperwhite.


October 2015
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Fill Prescriptions (Medicine)

1. Why Do I Need This Medicine?

Your doctor should tell you what this medicine does for you and how soon so you don’t waste money on medicine that is not working.

2.  Is there a lower cost drug?

A generic (not a brand name) can save you up to 70%.

3.  Is there an over-the-counter choice?

You don’t need a prescription for many medicines.

4.  Do you have free samples?

Drug makers often leave samples for doctors.

5.  Do you have a discount card for the drug?

Some drug makers give doctors cards to help with the cost of the drug.

6.  Is it OK to cut the pill or take it every other day to save money?

Never do this without asking your doctor.

7.  Can you make the prescription for 14 days?

Ask for a 14-day supply to start so you can see if it helps before you spend a lot more money.

8.  Can you help me find programs that will help with the cost of this medicine?

There are programs – drug manufacturers, government, and nonprofits that may help you with the cost.

Upcoming Literacy Events

Smart Start Central Oklahoma Reading Barriers Discussion

October 22, 2015
Smart Start Central Oklahoma (SSCO) will facilitate discussion about the existing system barriers that prevent children from being read to every day.
Click here to learn more

OETA Fall Literacy Festival

October 24, 2015
OETA’s free fall literacy festival combines interactive educational activities and educational entertainment for children in Pre-K through 3rd grade and their families. The OKC Metro Literacy Coalition is co-sponsoring this event. This is a great outreach opportunity for members of the Coalition!
Click here to learn more
Are you planning a literacy related event? Let us know and we'll share it in our next newsletter!
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