“73111 has the worst health prospects in the county — it's one of the worst in the state,” Dr. Stephen Cagle, the chairman of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department's board. “We know that poverty and low-income people have the worst health outcomes. Economics and health go hand in hand. We thought we'd have our campus here to make it more accessible.”
The entire state faces challenges similar to these residents. Oklahoma has long held some of the worst rankings in the nation for heart disease, obesity, diabetes and smoking.
This past year, Oklahoma was ranked No. 43 in overall health in a national report, the highest ranking the state has received in eight years.
Gov. Mary Fallin said even though Oklahoma has seen improvement, it isn't good enough.
The northeast campus serves as a model for how communities can foster private and public partnerships to better their residents' health.
“I think it's one of the smartest things we've done, to put a facility like this in a place where people don't have as much access to health care or maybe aren't as educated about health outcomes, and this is one of the ways we can help them get more information, good access to care and treat illnesses and have better outcomes for our state,” Fallin said.
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