Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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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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Tue., Oct. 9, 2012, Noon to 1 p.m.

Fostering Hope: Making a Difference in Foster Care
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Deborah Shropshire, MD, Pediatrician
OU Children's Physicians and Founder 
Fostering Hope Project

Children in foster care have higher rates of disease than their peers, and as a group they experience poorer health and social outcomes as adults.  Can these outcomes be changed? 

About the Speaker:
Dr. Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children's Physicians in Oklahoma City.  She provides medical care to children at the Pauline Mayer foster shelter and in the Fostering Hope clinic at OU, and also serves as the medical director for foster care for OKDHS, assisting case workers, working on projects related to foster health issues, and providing training on the health of foster kids.  She loves to engage her audience in the story of foster kids, and to encourage others to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves".

Related Information:
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Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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