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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

OSU-CHS launches effort to recruit American Indians to medicine, science

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Video

OSU-CHS is launching an effort to recruit more American Indian high school and college students into medicine and science careers. Kent Smith, Ph.D., will lead the new Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science.

“Our initiative will increase the number of American Indians practicing medicine and working in the science fields through mentoring and targeted programs,” said Smith, interim associate dean for the new office. “The efforts will help our Native American students in Oklahoma excel in these fields by offering hands-on experiences that combine Native culture and science.”

According to a report released by Education Week, about 51 percent of American Indian students graduate from high school. Of those who go to college, only about 2.5 percent choose to enter a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field. These are statistics that Smith wants to change.

Through the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science, Smith is reaching out to tribal leaders across the state to develop partnerships and showcase programs available at OSU-CHS. The new office will support programs like Native Explorers, Native STARS, Operation Orange and other initiatives that will encourage American Indian students to consider careers in science and medicine. Smith is also working closely with William Pettit, D.O., and Doug Nolan, D.O., to address training in the medical field for all tribal nations.

School of Health Care Administration hosting student, alumni reception

CHS Campus

The OSU School of Health Care Administration will host a special come-and-go reception on Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

The reception is an opportunity for students in the master’s program to network with Health Care Administration alumni, faculty and staff. The event, open to all HCA students, alumni, faculty and staff, will include refreshments.

The HCA degree, offered online and on-site, trains leaders to meet the challenges of the evolving health care industry. TheBestSchools.org recently ranked the online program No. 5 in the nation for training health care administrators.

Center for Family Resilience to host ‘Power of Fathers’ forum

Fatherhood will be the topic of conversation during a Tulsa community forum hosted by the OSU Center for Family Resilience tonight at 6 p.m. in the B.S. Roberts Room at OSU-Tulsa. The CFR has partnered with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative to present “The Power of Fathers.”

The forum covers topics related to fatherhood, including different forms of father absence, the impact of father absence on children, common notions about father presence and the economic impact of active fatherhood for Tulsa. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences, ideas and feedback about fatherhood in the Tulsa community.
The discussion will be led by Calvin Williams, director of fatherhood services at Public Strategies, Inc. and co-author of the “On My Shoulders” curriculum. The Power of Fathers forum is open to the public. Leaders from faith, government, philanthropy, education and social service sectors will be in attendance.  

Preparing health care leaders

Preparing health care leaders

The School of Health Care Administration at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences trains leaders to guide our state’s hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other health organizations. The OSU-CHS master’s degree in health care administration was recently ranked the fifth-best online program in the nation. Cultivating the next generation of health care administrators is another way OSU-CHS is ensuring a brighter, healthier future for Oklahoma.