50 States of Population Health: Where Oklahoma Ranks

March 8, 2016

Di Smalley, FACHE, Regional President of Mercy

in Oklahoma

Di Smalley, Regional President of Mercy in Oklahoma, was recently asked by Becker's Hospital Review to weigh in on the state of health in Oklahoma. Here's what she had to say:

"Our market is large and diverse, but I would say that a common concern across our market is the use of tobacco and childhood obesity.

Mercy recently launched Tobacco Free Mercy at our Oklahoma City hospital and at more than 65 Mercy Clinics statewide. So far, the program has led to more than 1,000 Mercy patients to contact the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. We plan to expand the campaign at other Mercy hospitals in the spring. Mercy also helps promote healthier choices in school lunchrooms across southern Oklahoma by offering cafeteria staff members food handling training and nutrition education. Mercy also provides a registered dietician at those Southern Oklahoma schools to help students who aren't aware of their healthy options."

To read the full article, and see where other states stack up, click here

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