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NewView Oklahoma hosts summer Owl Camp for blind and visually impaired children

NewView’s free summer OWL Camp will be held for the first time at YMCA Camp Classen from July 15-21.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – NewView Oklahoma will host its annual free summer OWL (Oklahomans Without Limits) Camp for campers ages 8 to 14 years old who are blind or visually impaired. The camp will take place July 15-21 at YMCA Camp Classen in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis, in […]

National HIV Testing Day – June 27

Natl HIV Testing Day art

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, June 27, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 to get tested at least once in their life as part of their routine health care. People with certain risk […]

Diversity Center of Oklahoma to hold 4th Annual Symposium in Edmond

The Diversity Center of Oklahoma’s 4th Annual Gender Diverse & LGBTQ Symposium on June 8 will include speakers (L-R) Human Rights Watch researcher Ryan Thoreson, J.D., and Sage Mauldin, MHR, an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.  Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Diversity Center of Oklahoma will hold its 4th Annual Mental Health, Prevention & Education Symposium on Friday, June 8. The event will address best practices for “Bridging Intersectional Gaps In Gender Diverse & LGBTQ Communities.” The event will be held from 8 a.m. to […]

OKC celebrates 13th annual Bike to Work Day on May 18

Oklahoma City will celebrate its 13th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –  On Friday, May 18, Oklahoma City will celebrate its 13th annual Bike to Work Day.  Those who bike to work are invited to meet at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for complimentary coffee and breakfast provided by Junction Coffee, courtesy of the Downtown OKC Partnership from 7:15 – 9 a.m. National Bike […]

HIV/AIDS Advocacy Day includes activism and rally with author Paige Rawl

The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund will host a breakfast rally at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Event Center on March 20 with Paige Rawl, who was born HIV positive.   Paige Rawl Twitter photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As part of HIV/AIDS Advocacy Day, the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund invites the public to join HIV activists from across the state to a breakfast rally with author Paige Rawl, who was born HIV positive. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 8:30 a.m. […]

Study touts modern Medicaid program as best choice for Oklahoma – Report highlights best practices, budget savings

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Association of Health Plans, on February 20, released a report outlining how the state can achieve budget predictability by implementing a modern health care program for Medicaid recipients in Oklahoma. The product of extensive research, the report provides a road map for improving health outcomes, providing tax […]

Diversity Center brings organizations together to aid LGBTQ community

Rev. Neil Coffman enters the new Diversity Center of Oklahoma located at 2242 N.W. 39th Street, directly across the street from Expressions Church where he is pastor. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City’s first nonprofit agency to provide Gender Diverse/LGBTQ health services opened its doors on Feb. 12.  About 60 people attended an open house event at the Diversity Center of Oklahoma’s new location at 2242 N.W. 39th Street. Visitors toured the facility, enjoyed refreshments, and heard comments from […]

Valentine’s Day to kickoff National Condom Week

Celebrate Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, which is National Condom Day by using free condoms and practicing safe sex. Photo provided.

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –  Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14, is also National Condom Day for 2018. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) shares the primary goal of National Condom Week (Feb. 14 – 21) in promoting safe sex and normalizing the use of condoms. National Condom Day […]

Oklahoma City’s Manos Juntas Clinic turns 23

Volunteer Sarah Tran (left) and Dr. Boyd Shook (center) fill prescriptions at the Manos Juntas Free Clinic pharmacy. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Each Saturday morning a swirl of activity takes place at the Pennsylvania Avenue Redemption United Methodist Church in northwest Oklahoma City.  As cars surround the building, at 1320 N Pennsylvania Avenue, people wait inside to be treated at Oklahoma’s long time standard of free medical […]

Where were the Watchdogs in the Health Department Crisis?

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Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch  Dec. 10, Updated Dec. 12 – The cash crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which was years in the making, raises questions about which agencies and state officials could have caught the agency’s reported financial mismanagement. At first glance, state government appears to have the powers and expertise to […]

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