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Office of Communications

The Office of Communications has overall responsibility for the Oklahoma State Department of Health's internal and external communication while focusing on three key areas: media relations, electronic communications, and publications. Its charge is to assure the agency's public health communications are specific, timely and accurately delivered to target audiences.


  • Provide graphic design and print coordination of reports, flyers, posters, brochures/pamphlets, newsletters, manuals, forms, handouts, signs, and novelty items.
  • Coordinate a process of peer review of proposed new publications and reprints of existing publications to assure they are culturally sensitive, reading levels are appropriate for target audience, a distribution plan has been developed, technical accuracy has been verified, and pretesting with an audience sample has been implemented, if necessary.
  • Provide professional support services for central office employees with desktop publishing software.
  • Serve as central repository for all Oklahoma State Department of Health publications submitted to the Publications Clearinghouse of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Electronic Communications

  • Make public health information, including statistical, promotional and educational materials, available for Internet access.
  • Serve as gateway for review and manage placement of documents for electronic information retrieval.
  • Maintain an electronic calendar for public health meetings, conferences and training opportunities.
  • Edit and/or produce electronic material for PSAs, educational programs and in-house training.
  • Provide video services for conferences, seminars, and inservice training.
  • Copy video and audio tapes for training and legal purposes.
  • Maintain and operate H.323 video teleconferencing system.

Media Relations

  • Serve as media liaison to connect media inquiries to appropriate program/resource person.
  • Write materials concerning public health issues and services for distribution to statewide, metropolitan, or community-specific news media, including news releases, public service materials, special articles, talking points, speeches, and fact sheets.
  • Provide technical expertise to local county health departments in marketing their services.
  • Assist agency program areas in promoting their services to program customers, including: county health department clients, community policy/decision makers, and news media.
  • Provide State Board of Health and agency Executive Committee with analysis of media trends related to public health.
  • Provide internal media training as requested.
  • Participate in external media promotions.

Office of Communications

Office of Communications
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S Kerr Ave, Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102