Community leaders, public health professionals, advocates and members of the public are invited to the “Leading Together 2017” 20th Annual Turning Point Conference and 9th Annual Policy Day hosted by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC). The event is Aug. 30-31 at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED in Norman.
The Turning Point conference will showcase best practices, innovative initiatives, youth empowerment, navigating life and work, blending public health with economic development and other community health topics.
Practical tips and tools will be available to help sustain health improvement efforts and engage communities in the development of policy objectives to connect with other local stakeholders working to improve overall health and wellness in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma native Rhett Laubach is the keynote speaker for the first day of the conference. His dynamic presentation will demonstrate how to become a ‘Torchbearer’ while growing and strengthening influence within organizations. Laubach has taught leadership skills for more than 20 years to a million audience members in 48 states, the Bahamas and Canada.
Katie Fitzgerald, CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, will present Aug. 31 during the Policy Day event focusing on the social and economic environment, with particular emphasis on the social determinants of health and their role in improving health and shaping policy.
The intent of Policy Day is to engage statewide community partners in development of policy objectives, advocacy efforts and to build enthusiasm for a shared call to action for health policy change. Policy Day breakout sessions will cover topics such as Medicaid, the impact of Oklahoma’s incarceration rate, children’s health, food access policy, healthy aging and the importance of caregiving.
“This year’s theme of ‘Leading Together’ honors the essence of Oklahoma Turning Point’s vision to create a healthier future and improve the quality of life for Oklahomans through partnerships,” said Doug Moore, OTPC Chair for the Conference.
All attendees must register online by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, as onsite registration is not available. Registration for both days is $100 and includes lunch, Aug. 30.