Monday, September 17, 2012

OKDHS Fall Lecture Series Examines Health of Children in Foster Care

OKLAHOMA CAPITOL-- Children in foster care often 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?

That is a question that will be discussed as the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) Fall Lecture Series continues. “Fostering Hope: Making a Difference in Foster Care” will be presented Tuesday, October 9, from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Deb Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City, and also serves as the medical director for foster care for OKDHS. She assists case workers; works on projects related to foster health issues and provides training on the health of foster kids.

Additionally, Dr. Shropshire provides medical care to children at the Pauline Mayer foster shelter as well as OU’s “Fostering Hope” clinic. She likes to engage her audience in the story of foster kids, and encourages others to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

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 OKDHS 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.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact the Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at (405) 521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup at: Practice and Policy Lecture Series website Practice and Policy Lecture Series website (Link opens in new window).

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