||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
The programs will begin this spring.
For more information, contact Toni Hart, LAF Cancer Survivor Education Coordinator,
at (918) 584-4368, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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