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Diabetes Center Psychologist Selected as National Advisor for Native American Initiative

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Campus News -

Dr. Steve Sternlof, licensed psychologist with the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma, was recently nominated and selected as one of five national advisors for the Native American Centers for Excellence Service to Science Initiative.  The initiative matches health experts with tribal communities to help evaluate and implement programs that address community health concerns such as obesity and diabetes.

"The prevalence of diabetes in Native American tribal communities is alarming, and we have worked with them to identify the cause and to create sustainable programs to address this epidemic," said Blake Rambo, Chief Operating Officer of Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.  "Dr. Sternlof's presence on this advisory board is an example of an effective relationship between the Diabetes Center and communities that need urgent diabetes care."

When Dr. Sternlof is matched with a tribe, he will work with key tribal leaders to evaluate the health disparities of that tribe and to develop practical solutions that will generate healthy outcomes to the identified problem.  "A large part of my responsibility as an advisor is to not only implement programs focused on making people more healthy but to also work with the tribe to evaluate the effectiveness of programs already in place," Dr. Sternlof said.  "Through this program, tribal communities learn how to identify health concerns, address the issue in a meaningful way, and develop effective long-term strategies for maintaining a healthy and active community."

Harold Hamm's team of psychologists works with patients to cope with the difficulties associated with managing diabetes so they can make positive changes to their lives. For an appointment, call (405) 271-1000.

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