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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Clinic reaches out to advance Tulsa area children’s health

Katie Bonds, D.O., pediatrics resident; second row, Kerry Morgan, clinical instructor of health and human performance at OSU-Tulsa, Sara Malone, dietitian at the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, Meghan Croteau, D.O., pediatric resident, Anjali Chaudhari, D.O., pediatrics resident; and back row, Carly Sorenson, D.O., pediatrics resident, participated in a back-to-school event at Eugene Field Elementary in August.
Katie Bonds, D.O., pediatrics resident; second row, Kerry Morgan, clinical instructor of health and human performance at OSU-Tulsa, Sara Malone, dietitian at the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, Meghan Croteau, D.O., pediatric resident, Anjali Chaudhari, D.O., pediatrics resident; and back row, Carly Sorenson, D.O., pediatrics resident, participated in a back-to-school event at Eugene Field Elementary in August.

The OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic is taking its mission to improve the health of Tulsa-area children into public schools. As a member of the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership, the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic is working with public school districts to help maximize health and nutrition efforts for students.

The Tulsa County partnership is sponsored by the Family Health Coalition and operates with a Communities of Excellence grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Its partners work to improve health and nutrition in three areas: schools, workplaces and communities.

Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the clinic, said most of their focus is on public schools because of their pediatric specialty.

She and Sara Malone, dietitian and former chair of the school health and policy committee, reached out through the partnership to Jenks, Tulsa and Union public schools to offer support in ensuring the districts’ wellness policies are in compliance with the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which reauthorized child nutrition funding and set new nutrition standards for schools.

Read the full story on the OSU-CHS website.

Stevens, Harrison present session at Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett (left) with Timmeni L. Harrison, D.O., and Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D., at the Prescription Drug Abuse Summit.
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett (left) with Timmeni L. Harrison, D.O., and Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D., at the Prescription Drug Abuse Summit.

Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at OSU-CHS and Timmeni L. Harrison, D.O., resident physician in OB/GYN at the OSU Medical Center, led a breakout session on health care at the Prescription Drug Abuse Summit on Oct. 17.

Stevens is chair and Harrison is a member of the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT). The pair was invited to present by Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

This invitation-only event brought leaders in health care, education, law enforcement and legislators together to develop a plan to reduce prescription drug abuse in Tulsa. Oklahoma leads the nation in prescription overdose deaths and per capita consumption of opioid analgesic medications and Tulsa County leads all Oklahoma counties in these statistics.

Davis named president of OSU-CHS faculty council

Davis
Davis

Randall L. Davis, director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and associate professor of pharmacology, was recently named president of the OSU-CHS Faculty Council.

Davis received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from OSU in 1990 and a master’s degree in zoology in 1994. He earned a doctorate degree in nutrition from Texas Tech University in 1998 and then spent six years as a postdoctoral research associate in pharmacology and neuroscience.

He was appointed assistant professor of pharmacology at OSU-CHS in 2004 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2010. Davis has published articles in numerous scientific journals and has served as an editor or reviewer for several others. He recently received an OCAST grant to study a treatment to reduce neuroinflammation, a common symptom of major depressive disorder and a wide range of brain disorders.

Seminar examines alcohol use in sexual minority drinking environments

Croff
Croff

The OSU Center for Family Resilience will host “Biobehavioral Measurements of Alcohol Use in a Sexual Minority Drinking Environment: Implications for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems” from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Friday in North Hall 222 at OSU-Tulsa.

Julie M. Croff, Ph.D., assistant professor of health education and promotion at OSU-Stillwater, will conduct the presentation.

The seminar is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

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