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Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative (OHBI) Coalition

The Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative Coalition is comprised of different organizations, caregivers, and people living with the disease from across the state. Our goal is to break the silos of those working to provide better care and resources for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Oklahoma. We will evaluate what resources we have, what is missing, and/or feel we need in regards to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

We will revise and update the Alzheimer’s State Plan with these evaluations in mind and the 25 actions laid out in the Healthy Brain Initiative. The 4 workgroups (Policy Development, Workforce Development, Public Education, & Data and Surveillance) will be working collaboratively to create these materials.

Vision

To advance brain health in Oklahoma.

Mission

To promote a system of collaboration among Oklahoma Healthy Brain Initiative stakeholders.

Core Values

  • Increase public awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Provide an accessible location for resources regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Identify opportunities for provider collaboration
  • Inform providers about proper, early and accurate diagnosis
  • Address need for education among policymakers

If you are interested in joining the coalition, please complete the Stakeholder form.

Age

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The majority of those with the disease are 65 or older.

Family History

Those who have someone in their family who has had the disease there is a higher chance they will develop the disease.

Genetics

There are two categories of genes that influence whether someone develops the disease: deterministic and risk genes. Learn more here.

Other Factors

Head injury, heart-head connection, and healthy aging. Learn more here.

  • Head Injury: Traumatic brain injury can increase the risk of dementia, especially if severe or a repeated occurrence. Please protect your head by wearing your seatbelt, helmets, and preparing your home to prevent falls.
  • Heart-Head Connection: Strong evidence suggests that what is good for your heart is good for your brain. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol appear to increase the risk of vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s. Be sure to work with your doctor and monitor your heart health and treat all problems that arise. 

Healthy Brain Informational Materials


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK  73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8300
Fax: (405) 900-7610
Email: Center@health.ok.gov