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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

BCBS provides grant to expand OSU TeleHealth network

William Pettit, D.O., left, and Kayse Shrum, D.O., present Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma representatives Gary Trennepohl, Ph.D., Paula Huck and Joseph Cunningham, M.D., with a framed picture of OSU-CHS.
William Pettit, D.O., left, and Kayse Shrum, D.O., present Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma representatives Gary Trennepohl, Ph.D., Paula Huck and Joseph Cunningham, M.D., with a framed picture of OSU-CHS.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has provided OSU Center for Health Sciences a $250,000 grant to expand the OSU TeleHealth network and provide additional access to health care for residents in rural areas of the state.

Funding from the grant will be used for new distance learning sites at rural hospitals in Altus, Ardmore, McAlester and Stillwater and to establish a fixed telemedicine site for medical consultations at Arkansas Verdigris Valley Health Centers in Porter.

The OSU TeleHealth network consists of more than 60 sites in 49 cities and towns stretching from Felt in the Oklahoma panhandle to Idabel in southeastern Oklahoma. The university also operates the Mobile Telemedicine Clinic to offer TeleHealth services in communities without a fixed site.

Through the OSU TeleHealth network, residents in rural communities can receive access to specialty care like dermatology, psychology, psychiatry, pulmonology, cardiology and internal medicine.

BOLT, S3 participants complete professional development programs

S3 and BOLT participants
BOLT (above) and Successful Supervisor Series participants
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Participants in OSU in Tulsa Human Resources's Bright Orange Leaders in Tulsa and Successful Supervisor Series completed the professional development programs with a presentation for their supervisors and OSU in Tulsa administration on Sept. 11.

Participants presented videos about the projects they completed, shared their experiences in the programs and provided recommendations.

Leaders and emerging leaders at OSU in Tulsa who participated in BOLT refined their leadership and communications skills. The program was facilitated by Rhett Laubach, owner and operator of Your Next Speaker, LLC and PLI, Inc. Graduates included Angela Bacon, Aaron T. Christensen, Heidi Holmes, Cindie Lamon, Kim McCrackin, Karen Muse, Vicky Pace, J.J. Smith, Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., and Tina Tappana.

The Successful Supervisor Series offered supervisors, managers and directors the opportunity to develop and refine the skills needed to lead with confidence, positively affect morale and guide staff to achieve critical goals for the university. S3 graduates included Amanda Benn, Melissa Cox, Cindy Earnest, Debbie Evans, Kimbra Freeman, Shelley Houk, Ashley (Mellor) Lorenz, Mina Phillips and Angela Smallen.

OSU Center for Family Resilience offers free community presentation Sept. 26


The Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa will host a nationally renowned expert on childhood psychopathology and socialization within the family for a free community presentation on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. in North Hall 151.

James Snyder, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Wichita State University, will present "Risk, resilience, and resources: Psychosocial interventions and advocacy to promote healthy families and child development.” Snyder studies risk and protective factors associated with the development of conduct problems, aggression, anxiety disorders and depression.

Snyder is the director of two clinical research groups within the department of psychology at Wichita State University. The Child and Family Research Center promotes the education of social and emotional skills and the prevention of school failure. The Family Check Up Program was developed in the center as a brief, comprehensive assessment to strengthen families and help them identify and reach goals.

Sign up for fitness classes

OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff can sign up for the free health and exercise classes being offered by the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center beginning this week. Classes offered include zumba, yoga and boot camp. 

To view the schedule and sign up for classes, which are located in the Fitness Studio in North Hall 117, visit the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center website and fill out the online enrollment form.