The Oklahoma State Health Department (OSDH) will host the next Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) meeting on Thursday, May 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting provides OHEC an opportunity to interact with state and local partners to highlight community health initiatives in which they are involved.
This month’s meeting will highlight the Oklahoma Housing Needs Assessment, which was a statewide study that analyzed the affordable housing needs of moderate to low income households. This assessment was done by county, throughout the state and was based on income and population subsets, homeless population, communities’ disaster resiliency, fair housing, residential lead-based paint hazards, and future housing needs.
The study was conducted by a partnership team of both public and private entities. The team members were Integra Realty Resources, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture, School of Regional and City Planning, and DeBruler Inc. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) through the Community Development Block Grant –Disaster Recovery program (CDBG???DR) provided funding, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) in partnership with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), commissioned the study.
David Puckett, project team lead, Integra Realty Resources, Tulsa-OKC, will discuss affordable housing needs in the state.
Dr. Dawn Jourdan, esq., associate professor, director of Division of Regional and City Planning (RCPL) at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss OU’s research on homelessness, disaster resiliency, and fair housing.
Byron DeBruler, DeBruler, Inc. will discuss lead-based paint hazards research and facilitate group discussion.
Greg Jungman, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Oklahoma City Field Office, will discuss HUD’s position on creating smoke-free public housing including exiting rules and proposed rules that may prohibit smoking in public housing developments.