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New health center offers help to one of Oklahoma City's poorest neighborhoods

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department celebrated the grand opening of its Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus. The campus will serve residents across Oklahoma County but is located in the 73111 ZIP code, an area with a high poverty rate and poor health outcomes.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: May 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm •  Published: May 2, 2013

Gloria Griffin sees the health issues that her community faces every day.

Griffin is superintendent of Millwood Public Schools, a school district in one of the poorest areas in Oklahoma City.

Wednesday, Griffin sat in the second row of a grand opening ceremony for the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus, a health facility that offers hope for residents of the 73111 ZIP code.

Griffin sees the opportunities that the facility at 2600 NE 63 could provide children and their parents in the area.

“It provides a service to a target population where we have greater health issues in Oklahoma County,” Griffin said. “Secondly, it helps to enhance and develop this Adventure District. It's accessible to a number of communities, and I truly believe that the very fact that it's here in northeast Oklahoma City will add to further development of the area.”

Once it is finished, the 54-acre campus will include two buildings that equal more than 60,000 square feet, along with a community playground, domestic violence intervention services, four walking trails with five fitness stations and physical fitness opportunities for older residents.

The first building is open and will serve as a place where residents can participate in a variety of the programs that the Oklahoma City-County Health Department offers, including cooking classes and health seminars, among other activities.

Oklahoma health leaders picked the campus's location within the 73111 ZIP code to bring the services to people who need them most.

The area is one of the poorest in the Oklahoma City metro and has some of the poorest health outcomes, with high rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

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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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Community event set

What: A free community festival with face painting, health screenings, food cooking demonstrations, music and other family-oriented activities.

Where: The Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus at 2600 NE 63.

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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