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Date: January 11, 2011

Ellen Averill | OSU-CHS Communications | 918-561-8215

OKAHEC at OSU-CHS funded for cancer survivorship workshops in Tahlequah and Enid

TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Area Health Education Center for Rural Health at the OSU Center for Health Sciences will present a workshop series for cancer survivors in Tahlequah and Enid through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The workshops series, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™, is a six-week program from the Cancer Support Community and the LAF LIVESTRONG® program designed to ease transitions from active treatment to post-treatment survivorship.

“We are very proud to offer this program. It teaches cancer survivorship tools such as the benefits of exercise, nutrition, emotional support and medical management, which are core issues for cancer survivors,” said Toni Hart, OKAHEC education coordinator. Participants will meet each week to hear presentations from experts, have group discussion, and directly address the emotional and social hurdles they face during the transition period after treatment. The program also offers a “booster” session one month after the program ends to reinforce proactive behavioral changes discussed during the core program.

Hart said rural Oklahoma lacks quality cancer survivorship education, and the funding will make an important difference for OKAHEC in assisting cancer survivors. OKAHEC recently completed a three-year, award-winning project about cancer survivorship across the state, also funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Partners in the Tahlequah workshops are the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah Hospital Cancer Center, the OSU Center for Rural Health and the Northeast Area Health Education Center are partners in Tahlequah. INTEGRIS is a partner in Enid’s workshops.

The programs will begin this spring.

For more information, contact Toni Hart, LAF Cancer Survivor Education Coordinator, at (918) 584-4368, or email: toni.hart@okstate.edu .


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.