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Bruce Dart (of the Tulsa Health Department) Announces the 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan

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Aired on Monday, January 16th.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we discuss a systematic, wide-ranging, and newly released effort to improve the health of the people of Tulsa County (where more than 60 percent of the population is overweight or obese). Our guest is Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, who tells us about his organization's multi-faceted Community Health Improvement Plan (or CHIP). It's a three-year initiative that draws on the resources of many different groups in our community to educate people about nutrition, healthy living, exercise, and related ideas...while also making it easier for folks at all income levels to access better food, find affordable housing, utilize better public transportation, obtain high-quality health care, and so on. As noted at the Tulsa Health Department's 2017 CHIP website: "Health is often determined more by social factors than by medical care. Education, economic opportunities, access to resources, race and ethnicity, the environment, social and family networks all impact the health of an individual. Because of this, it's critical to have support from everyone who can make a difference in these fields. We are very excited to share this plan with you -- and to make a difference in Tulsa."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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