Health leaders stress collaboration in addressing Oklahoma's health-related challenges

The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality hosted a news conference Tuesday to announce Oklahoma Healthcare Quality Week. Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed in August that the health care quality week would run Oct. 14 to Oct. 20.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: October 17, 2012
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Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who spoke at the news conference, said many of Oklahoma's health-related problems stem back to personal responsibility and access to quality health care.

“Health care is a real need for our state, and it comes down to the personal health of so many of our citizens,” Lamb said. “None of us want a government so big that it tells you when you can or cannot eat the Twinkie. That government is too big.”

Lamb said it's important for experts in health care in Oklahoma to collaborate on what are the best actions to take to best serve the needs of the state's residents, he said.

Lamb said he holds several town hall meetings across Oklahoma, especially in small towns and in rural Oklahoma.

He hears similar things in communities across the state — people are concerned about access to quality care.

“We have those common goals, and we have to speak advice on how we address them to move our state forward and make sure we have a thriving robust rural Oklahoma,” he said.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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