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Dr. Steven Crawford
Dr. Steven Crawford

Parents Helping Parents meet today

Judge Ken Stoner with the Oklahoma County Drug Court, will be the speaker Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Edmond Chapter of Parents Helping Parents meeting.

Stoner will speak on “Understanding Addiction: The Hijacked Brain." The group meets at McLaren's Pantry located at 3414 South Boulevard in the Boulevard Shopping Center. The meeting is from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The restaurant is closed to the general public at 6 p.m. Parents Helping Parents provides support, resources and hope for parents of addicted children of any age. Meetings are anonymous and no cost or reservations required. For more information, call 405-642-8198.

Variety Care expands service

Variety Care has expanded access to walk-in care for minor urgent medical needs at its Straka Terrace location in south Oklahoma City. Services are now available on Sundays for non-life-threatening health issues for patients unable to wait for a doctor’s appointment. Walk-in care at Variety Care Straka Terrace, 1025 Straka Terrace, is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in care is also available at the clinic's Lafayette location, 500 SW 44.

For more information on Variety Care, go online to varietycare.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 405-632-6688.

OU physician to lead new policy office

Dr. Steven Crawford, a family medicine physician at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, has been named senior associate dean and director of the newly formed Office of Healthcare Innovation and Policy.

The Office of Healthcare Innovation and Policy was launched to harness resources within the college and across the academic healthcare enterprise to address the social determinants of health — the social factors that significantly impact health conditions among Oklahomans. Crawford has been serving as chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine for 20 years and brings a background and dedication to helping people achieve better health in their own communities.

Crawford will begin his role with the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Policy by taking an inventory of the numerous resources across campus and coalescing them in a strategic fashion. Crawford has extensive experience with many such projects, including Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma, begun in 2015 with a $15 million federal grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. OU’s healthcare providers worked with approximately 300 small primary care clinics across Oklahoma to incorporate and standardize four guidelines known to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease: low-dose aspirin in high-risk patients; controlling blood pressure; cholesterol evaluation; and smoking cessation assistance. OU provided the expertise to help clinics establish guidelines into the regular flow of their practices and the technology to measure outcomes.

Crawford works closely with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, both the Oklahoma and American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Oklahoma Hospital Association, among others. He is also a leader for the College of Medicine’s program to prevent opioid crisis, and he directs a workforce grant to recruit and retain more health professions students from diverse and underserved populations.

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