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Jan. 29, 2013

OSU-CHS to host rural health seminar for AOA Health Policy Fellows

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will host the American Osteopathic Association Health Policy Fellows on Feb. 15-16 to discuss rural health care. Rural health experts will discuss legislative initiatives, education advancement, federal program advocacy and specific opportunities to promote primary care in the Oklahoma rural practice.

William Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, will lead the two-day seminar. Koehler was a member of the Health Policy Fellows Class of 2002-2003. This is the fourth year that the OSU Center for Rural Health has hosted the AOA Health Policy Fellows.

"The AOA Health Policy Fellows seminar is a great opportunity for our university to share its wealth of rural health information and research with physicians who are leaders in our field," said Pettit. "We've enlisted state and national rural health experts to discuss the challenges facing health care in rural America."

The seminar will include presentations from Kayse Shrum, D.O., provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, James Hess, Ed.D., chief operating officer and vice president for healthcare administration, and faculty and staff from the OSU Center for Rural Health, including Pettit, Koehler, Jeff Hackler, Vicky Pace, Denna Wheeler, Ph.D., Chad Landgraf and Corie Kaiser. Participants will learn about legislative initiatives, education advancement, federal program advocacy and specific opportunities to promote primary care in the Oklahoma rural practice.

The AOA Health Policy Fellows consists of 11 mid-career osteopathic physicians and executive-level health care professionals. Melissa Gastorf, D.O., a family practice physician in Durant and a 2002 OSU-COM graduate, and Ronald S. Stevens, D.O., D.D.S., an anesthesiologist in Muskogee and a 1983 OSU-COM graduate, are members of the current class.

During the year-long program, participants attend seminars that prepare them for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. Each fellow receives an AOA certificate of graduation in September.

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