State leaders laud Pandemic Center as innovative solution to Oklahoma public health challenges
State legislators sign letter in support of new healthcare and research center
OKLAHOMA CITY — Following the unveiling of the new Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence and the newly relocated Public Health Lab, state legislators from across Oklahoma released the following support statement regarding the new facility in Stillwater:
“Oklahoma will soon be the home of an incredible investment in the future of public health and research.
Today’s ribbon cutting for the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE) marks the launch of a public health and research center unlike any other in the nation. With this center, our state will be a leader in science and innovation.
The OPCIE will leverage Oklahoma’s existing health and research infrastructure to build a strong network to improve current and future public health responses. The center’s mission is to develop innovative testing tools, conduct cutting edge research and grow public private partnerships. It will bridge the gap between laboratory and clinical practices and improve public health responses by establishing an all-encompassing approach to research for rural, urban and tribal communities.
Oklahoma is uniquely positioned to make this “one health” approach a success. As a rural, agricultural and centrally-located state, we can become a global leader in leveraging human, animal and environmental science insights to improve public health through collaborative research and innovation.
The OPCIE houses the relocated and modernized Public Health Lab. It will allow for all resources to be located in one place to collaborate on the highest caliber public health response. It will also leverage state-of-the-art equipment and resources to improve Oklahoma’s research capabilities. This will attract top talent in clinical research, innovative grants and national investment to our state.
The center is particularly important to help us increase testing capacity and improve our public health response as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as gather information to improve our response to future pandemics.
Oklahoma’s health outcomes have been in the bottom of states for too long. The new pandemic center and state-of-the-art lab will help us seize the opportunity to take the lead in public health response. This center will be a point of pride for our state and its citizens. As state leaders, we are proud to support this initiative and are excited to see it continue to develop in the coming months.”
Rep. Rhonda Baker, HD 60 - Yukon
Rep. Steve Bashore, HD 7 - Miami
Rep. Ty Burns, HD 35 – Pawnee
Rep. Trey Caldwell, HD 63 – Lawton
Rep. Sheila Dills, HD 69 – Tulsa
Rep. Jim Grego, HD 17 – Wilburton
Rep. David Hardin, HD 49 – Madill
Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, HD 65 – Elgin
Rep. Kyle Hilbert, HD 29 – Bristow
Rep. Justin Humphrey, HD 19 - Lane
Rep. Dell Kerbs, HD 26 – Shawnee
Rep. Dick Lowe, HD 59 – Amber
Rep. Mark McBride, HD 53 – Moore
Rep Carl Newton, HD 58 – Cherokee
Rep. Kenton Patzkowsky, HD 61 – Balko
Rep. John Pfeiffer, HD 38 – Orlando
Rep. Logan Phillips, HD 24 – Mounds
Rep. Trish Ranson, HD 34 – Stillwater
Rep. Cindy Roe, HD 42 - Lindsay
Rep. Lonnie Sims, HD 68 - Jenks
Rep. Danny Sterling, HD 27 – Tecumseh
Rep. Judd Strom, HD 10 – Copan
Rep. John Talley, HD 33 – Stillwater
Rep. Tammy Townley, HD 48 – Ardmore
Rep. Josh West, HD - Grove
Senator Bill Coleman, SD 10 – Ponca City
Senator Kim David, SD 18 – Porter
Senator Tom Dugger, SD 21 – Stillwater
Senator John Haste, HD 36 – Broken Arrow
Senator Brent Howard, SD 38 – Altus
Senator Darcy Jech, SD 26 – Kingfisher
Senator Chris Kidd, SD 31 – Waurika
Senator James Leewright, SD 12 – Bristow
Senator Casey Murdock, SD 27 – Felt
Senator Dewayne Pemberton, SD 9 – Muskogee
Senator Roland Pederson, SD 19 - Burlington
Senator Marty Quinn, SD 2 – Claremore
Senator Blake Stephens, SD 3 – Tahlequah
Senator Zach Taylor, SD 28 – Seminole