Monthly Meeting Minutes (8/15/17)

  • Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund (OACF)
    • Red Tie Night is March 3rd at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Tickets available online.
    • HIV advocacy efforts are ongoing. Current focus remains on updating the language of the health education mandate; will again be proposing state legislation to make that happen. 
    • The Edmond Museum & Historical Society is featuring an exhibit entitled "The Power of Children" that includes the story of Ryan White. Details available online.
       
  • Oklahoma Primary Care Association / ACA Marketplace Navigators
    • The Affordable Care Act is still in place and operational.
    • Open Enrollment is Nov 1 - Dec 15th. 
       
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) HIV/STD Service
    • HIV awareness/testing marketing campaign runs thru Sept 30.
      • New statistic from CDC: 1 in 7 Oklahomans do not know their HIV status.
    • HIV educator training will be held soon. Piloting new curriculum with a group at Variety Care.
    • HIV Counseling/Testing/Referral (CTR) training will be held in Tulsa (9/13-14) and OKC (October). 
      • General CTR update for existing testers on Nov 13th. 
         
  • OUHSC Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI Clinic)
    • New case manager starting 9/5: Lorie Lashway-Grant. 
    • Still have openings for a nurse and front desk position.
    • Recently submitted Ryan White Part C grant application. Amount of funding available was decreased from previous years. 
    • U.S. Congressman Tom Cole recently visited IDI to learn about importance of Ryan White and NIH funding on fighting infectious diseases, including HIV.
       
  • Other Options, Inc.
    • New hours of operation [flyer]
    • New referral form [form]
    • Please note Mary's new email address: otheroptionsokc@outlook.com. 
       
  • Oklahoma Dept of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)
    • Brandon Bussel provided information regarding Naloxone initiative aimed at stopping opioid overdoses. [Flyer]
    • "Hub locations" where you can get a naloxone kit: [list]
       
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
    • No wait list for primary care
    • HCV treatment available, but not the medication itself.
       
  • RAIN Oklahoma
    • Yadira moved from Lawton to OKC office. Will be hiring new case mgr for Lawton.
    • Dental currently on hold.
       
  • Other announcements:
    • 2 Spirits Plus continues to meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at Church of the Open Arms.
    • PFLAG meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at Freedom Oklahoma office.