Oklahoma Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities

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Oklahomah Office of Minority Health (2006) Oklahoma Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.


In 2003 Senate Bill 680 created the Oklahoma Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities. Initially, twelve members representing the Oklahoma Legislature and diverse members of Oklahoma’s population made up the Task Force. The Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the State Commissioner of Health each made three appointments. In 2004 an amendment to Senate Bill 680 added three new members to represent mental health concerns. The Task Force was charged to assist the State Department of Health investigate issues related to health disparities and health access (e.g., availability of health care providers, cultural competency, and behaviors that lead to poor health) among multicultural, underserved and regional populations; develop short-term and long-term strategies to eliminate health disparities, focusing on cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, diabetes, cancer and other leading causes of death; publish a report on the findings and recommendations for implementing targeted programs to move Oklahoma closer to a state of health through the reduction and eventual elimination of health disparities.