Scholarship deadline is near
The application period for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's 2013 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar Program closes Feb. 1. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 and Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation to qualify. Students who are selected for this competitive program will be paid and, if eligible, will receive free housing. In addition to laboratory training, scholars will attend lectures by and have interaction with several OMRF researchers. Students selected as Fleming scholars will spend eight weeks working in OMRF's state-of-the-art research laboratories alongside senior-level scientists.
Dental clinic set for Lawton
Free dental care for adults and children who might not have access to regular dental care will be offered at the fourth annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy event scheduled Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton. This two-day clinic is designed to meet the critical needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow. Donated dental care will be available on a first come, first served basis. No preregistration is required. The first 1,000 people through the doors will qualify each day. People seeking more information can go to www.okmom.org.
Comments sought about grant
Officials with the state Health Department are seeking comments from the public regarding a federal grant that provides important health services to mothers and children. Public input is needed for the State Plan for Services for the Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant for the 2014 fiscal year. The grant provides federal money for the Oklahoma MCH program, whose primary goal is to improve the health status of pregnant women, mothers, infants, and children, including children with special health care needs. Funds from the block grant assure that these groups, particularly those with low income or with limited availability of services, have access to quality maternal and child health care services. Comments must be received before May 4. Comments should be forwarded to: Suzanna D. Dooley, M.S., A.P.R.N.-C.N.P., Title V MCH Director, Maternal and Child Health Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10, Oklahoma City, OK, 73117; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 271-4480.
Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer