Public health panel adds national expert at State of Health event
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's State of Health event on Monday, July 13, is adding a national perspective to its public health panel.
Sandra Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA, has been the District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health since February 2005. Dr. Ford oversees clinical and population-based services for over 760,000 residents where more than 130 languages are spoken. She has oversight of programs such as Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, and Refugee Health. Under her leadership, DeKalb County Board of Health has received over $40 million in grant funding to address obesity, physical activity, nutrition, asthma and smoking cessation.
Dr. Ford is also president-elect of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) board of directors. NACCHO comprises nearly 3,000 local health departments across the United States and is the leader in providing cutting-edge, skill-building, professional resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.
Dr. Ford will join Dr. Stephen M. Prescott, president of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and Gary E. Raskob, Ph.D., dean of Hudson College of Public Health and regents professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Their discussion on public health will include a glimpse of how our region is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ways that the novel virus is impacting different sectors of our community and the role Oklahoma City plays in the SMART Coalition on safely reopening.
The event will also include a panel discussion from the leadership of the region's four largest hospitals and a keynote presentation from noted health care and finance filmmaker and researcher Ron Galloway. Galloway will deliver a keynote address on how innovation and technology might light the way forward in a post-pandemic health care industry society.
Individual tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $40 for nonmembers.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-297-8921.
Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor BKD CPAs & Advisors and Host Sponsor OU Medicine.