Crisis center to relocate
The Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center, which has operated at 1200 NE 13 for several years, will begin providing services at a new location effective Wednesday. The new site is at 2625 General Pershing Blvd., less than one mile east of State Fair Park. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, which operates the crisis center, is leasing space from NorthCare for the new facility. In addition to the 16-bed inpatient unit, OCCIC also will have a mental health “urgent care” section, where people can stay for up to 24 hours to receive psychological stabilization services. For more information about accessing crisis services, call 522-8100.
Asthma event scheduled
An asthma awareness event called The Asthma Community Day will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until noon on Sept. 21 in the atrium of the OU Children's Center, 1200 Children's Ave., Oklahoma City. The event will feature several educational booths including those sponsored by the OSDH Chronic Disease Asthma Prevention and Control Program, the American Lung Association, and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. Asthma is a serious and sometimes deadly disease, for which there is no cure. About 292,000 adult Oklahomans are currently diagnosed with asthma, according to 2012 data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. For more information about asthma or other chronic diseases, visit the OSDH website at https://www.ok.gov/health/, or call the OSDH Chronic Disease Service at 271-4072.
Black women's health forum is planned
The seventh African American women's health forum will be =Sept. 28 at Cox Convention Center, One Myriad Gardens, downtown Oklahoma City. Registration and breakfast are from 8 to 9 a.m. Register online at http://integrisok.com/womens-health-forum or call the Integris HealthLine at 405-951-2277. The featured speaker is Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree, who works in AIDS prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Her past research includes projects focused on HIV testing strategies for African Americans and the development of training materials to improve the ability of pharmacists to counsel patients about HIV and other STDs.
From staff reports