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Relay for Life Kick-Off / Food Truck Event! | May 28

NW corner of 8th & Phillips | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Please join the Stephenson Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society for the official Relay for Life Kick-Off! Enjoy food from local food trucks, learn more about the American Cancer Society, and help kick-off the 2015 OKC Relay for Life. Participating food trucks will be: Big Truck Tacos, Green & Grilled, Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs, Roxy’s Ice Cream, Smokin Okies, and Taste of Soul Eggroll. For questions, contact Valerie Bjerk at 405-271-8001 or Valerie-bjerk@ouhsc.edu.

Understanding Obesity in American Indian Children in OklahomaWhen it comes to measuring obesity in American Indian youth in Oklahoma, the numbers are in and they show work still needs to be done.

That's the conclusion of recently published findings by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in collaboration with the Native Youth Preventing Diabetes Coalition.
Researchers found that 63 percent of the American Indian children surveyed met criteria for overweight or obese. That's twice the national average.

"We wanted to know why they were obese," said researcher Michelle Dennison-Farris, L.D. "What behaviors are contributing to this trend? And how can we change it?"

The findings are based on a study including 124 American Indian children, between the ages of 7 and 13,  in Oklahoma. It uncovered some behaviors that might be at least part of the problem, among those was the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

"We found that these kids consume about 309 calories per day of sugar-sweetened beverages, which offer little nutrition and extra calories. That is significantly higher than the national average of 178 calories per day of these beverages," said Dennison-Farris.
In addition to the increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, the study revealed the amount of exercise in which the children engaged also had room for improvement. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. The majority of the children in the study, though, fell far short of that number.

"They were getting only about four and a half hours a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity; and only 32 of the children surveyed – that’s about one in four - were meeting the physical activity guideline of 60 minutes per day," said fellow researcher Susan B. Sisson, Ph.D. of the OU College of Allied Health.
"We were surprised by the outcomes, not only the amount of calories consumed by sugar-sweetened beverages, but the variety of beverages involved.  These children consumed high amounts of fruit drinks, sports drinks, sweetened tea and soda" said Dennison."
Sisson added the survey brings important insights into some of the reasons why American Indian children are at increased risk for certain diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes.
"Knowing the facts is just the start," said Sisson, adding that more research is needed to evaluate other circumstances that may impact health behaviors in these children, such as emotional or psychological factors and  peer pressure.

The research is published in the online edition of the Journal of Community Health.
https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1912Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Student Health Insurance Summer Enrollment | now through June 1


All HSC students are required to have health insurance while attending the HSC Campus. You may either participate in the student sponsored health insurance policy, Academic HealthPlans, or show proof of acceptable insurance coverage by a recognized health insurance provider to your college Student Service Office. Open enrollment for student health insurance is going on now for students beginning classes June 1 (Summer enrollment).Enrollment will open for 2015-2016 plans in mid-Summer.  

Visit this link for more information https://ouhsc.myahpcare.com/ and this link to enroll: https://ouhsc.myahpcare.com/enrollment. Paper enrollment forms and the Summary of Benefits for the Academic HealthPlans Student Health Insurance Policy are available online at http://ouhsc.myahpcare.com/ or at HSC Student Affairs in the David L. Boren Student Union, Suite 300.

Please call Academic Health Plans at 1-888-924-7758 if you have questions about specific coverage or conditions.


One Sooner Training | Summer dates

DLB Union 205 | 11:45 AM – 1 PM

It only takes one Sooner to speak out to end sexual misconduct on our campus.  Attend this one-hour training to learn how you can use your influence, popularity, and credibility to help end sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct on our campus.  Through informal peer-to-peer conversations you can correct rape myths, speak up when you see or hear a risky situation, educate your friends about protective behaviors, and share what resources are available on campus. 
The training will help you understand what types of sexual misconduct happen on OU’s campus and prepare you to share important information that can protect your community.  You are in the best position to positively influence and support our students. Participants will receive a One Sooner t-shirt and button after attending training.

Will you be the One?

Email your name, email address, OU affiliation, and t-shirt size to students@ouhsc.edu if you’d like to attend this training on June 29, July 14, or August 26 at 11:45 AM.

Stopping a Silent KillerSaving women from an often silent killer is at the heart of new recommendations for ovarian cancer prevention from a top researcher and clinician at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma as well as counterparts nationwide.

It’s estimated that almost 22,000 women in this country will learn they have ovarian cancer this year alone, and more than 14,000 women will die of the disease.  The disease often is not detected until it is in an advanced stage because there seldom are symptoms until it has already spread.  Since early detection through screening and symptom detection has failed to reduce mortality, top cancer researchers and clinicians nationwide now have issued a list of recommendations aimed at stopping the cancer before it starts. 

Joan Walker, M.D., gynecologic oncologist with the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is lead author on the commentary published in Cancer.  Walker also holds the George Lynn Cross Research Professorship in Gynecology and Oncology  with the OU College of Medicine.  

“These new recommendations are aimed at helping save lives,” Walker said. “ Recent scientific breakthroughs have provided new insights into ovarian cancer  ̶  how it forms, how it spreads and who is at greatest risk.  With that knowledge, we felt it was important to make a strong recommendation to both the public and health care providers about how to best prevent ovarian cancer.”

The new recommendations include the use of oral contraceptives and instead of tubal sterilization, they recommend the removal of the fallopian tubes.  For women at high hereditary or genetic risk of breast and ovarian cancer, risk-reducing removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries is recommended.   Finally, they recommend genetic counseling and testing for women with ovarian cancer and other high-risk family members.  Women identified with excess risk of ovarian cancer can reduce that risk to almost zero with the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries, but they experience premature menopause.

“For women with an average risk of developing ovarian cancer, we know that the use of oral contraceptives can cut their lifetime risk for ovarian cancer by 40 to 50 percent. The longer oral contraceptives are used, the greater the benefit and that benefit can last up to 15 years after a woman has stopped using oral contraceptives,” Walker said.

Tubal ligation, a procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tied or cut, has been associated with a 34 percent reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer in women at average risk for ovarian cancer.  With the new scientific evidence, the authors indicated they prefer the removal of the fallopian tubes as a preventive measure.   
“Studies have reported a 70 to 85 percent reduction in ovarian cancer as well as a 37 to 54 percent reduction in breast cancer in women at high hereditary risk with the removal of both the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” Walker said.  “Growing evidence shows that most type 2 ovarian cancers develop as a result of cellular changes in cells within the fallopian tubes.”
“This information is especially important for women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. These recommendations are intended to help encourage an open discussion between women and their health care providers,” Walker said.

Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 200 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $31.1 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1908Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Pediatric Psychologist Joins OU Children's PhysiciansErin M. Hawks, Ph.D., has established her practice with OU Children’s Physicians. She has also been named an assistant professor with the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Hawks is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families suffering from a variety of disorders, including: anxiety; depression; sleep problems; tic disorders; trauma-related (i.e., PTSD); identity concerns; feeding and eating disorders, toileting problems, behavioral problems and adjustment issues. 

Hawks completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at the OU College of Medicine. She  completed an American Psychological Association-accredited psychology internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium, Norman. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

Hawks is a member of the: American Psychological Association; Society of Clinical Psychology; Society of Health Psychology; Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Society of Pediatric Psychology; Association for Psychological Science; and the Oklahoma Psychological Association. 

Hawks sees patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. For an appointment with a pediatric psychologist, call (405) 271-4219.

OU Children’s Physicians practice as part of OU Physicians, Oklahoma’s largest physician group. The group encompasses nearly every child and adult medical specialty. 

Nearly 200 of these specialists committed their practices to the care of children. The majority of OU Children’s Physicians are board certified in children’s specialties. Many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 

OU Children’s Physicians see patients in their offices at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs.
https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1907Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Spring 2015 OUHSC ConvocationsSpring Convocations
At the College Convocations, graduates will be recognized. Candidates’ names will be announced, they will have their picture taken, and they will be presented a diploma cover by their college dean. This is the time for candidates to celebrate with those in their college.

To have the complete graduation experience, graduates are expected to attend both Commencement and their Convocation!

Please contact the Graduation Office at (405) 325-0841 or at commencement@ou.edu if you have any questions about graduation.

College of Allied Health Convocation

7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

T. Howard McCasland Field House, 151 West Brooks Street, Norman, OK.

Candidates are asked to arrive at 6:00 p.m. at Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall.

There will be a reception prior to the ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Chesapeake Stadium Club, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks Street, Norman, OK

Questions? Contact Paije Fauser at (405) 271-6588 or paije-fauser@ouhsc.edu or visit the College of Allied Health Web site at ah.ouhsc.edu/main/graduation.asp.

College of Dentistry Commencement

2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015

First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Candidates are asked to arrive at 1:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Carla Lawson at (405) 271-5444 or via email at Carla-lawson@ouhsc.edu.

College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Convocation

10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St, Oklahoma City, OK. 

Candidates are asked to arrive at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a reception immediately following Convocation at the First United Methodist Church.

Questions? Contact Kristy Jurko at (405) 271-4435 or via email at kristy-jurko@ouhsc.edu.

College of Medicine Commencement

10 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City, OK. 

No tickets issued for Commencement. Candidates are asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m.

There will be a reception immediately following the Commencement Ceremony.

Questions? Contact James F. Albertson at (405) 271-2316 or via email at james-albertson@ouhsc.edu.

College of Nursing Convocation

7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins Ave, Norman, OK.

Candidates are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Candidates are required to register for Convocation. Registration forms can be found at nursing.ouhsc.edu/Current-Students/graduation.asp.

Questions? Contact Margaret A. Robinson at (405) 271-2428, ext. 49130 or via email at Margaret-A-Robinson@ouhsc.edu or visit nursing.ouhsc.edu/current-students/graduation.cfm.

College of Pharmacy Commencement

10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker Ave, Oklahoma City, OK. 

No tickets will be issued for Commencement. Candidates are asked to arrive at 9 a.m.

Questions? Contact Darla Puckett at (405) 271-6598 or via email at darla-puckett@ouhsc.edu.

College of Public Health Convocation

2:00 p.m. Satur