Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, noon

The Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative

Strong and Healthy Oklahoma is a statewide effort to improve the health of all Oklahomans by encouraging people to Eat Better, Move More and Be Tobacco Free where we live, work, and learn. Dr. Mike Crutcher will discuss the current health indicators for Oklahoma and ramifications of poor health outcomes for the state of Oklahoma.

Dr. Mike Crutcher

About the Speaker:
Dr. Mike Crutcher was appointed commissioner of Health by the Oklahoma State Board of Health on Nov. 13, 2003. An Oklahoma native, Crutcher previously served as deputy commissioner of Disease and Prevention Services of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a position he had held since March 2001. Prior to that appointment, he had served as state epidemiologist since joining the agency in 1995.

Crutcher received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1980. After completing an internship at University of Oklahoma Hospitals, he began his medical career as a flight surgeon and preventive medicine officer for the U.S. Navy, serving 14 years. He obtained his master of public health degree and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 1988.

Crutcher retired in 2004 as a captain from the U.S. Naval Reserves. He currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and College of Medicine. He is board certified in preventive medicine.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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