To advance the welfare of the state, the legislature tasked the Commission with the duty of hosting Summits. These interactive conversations provide opportunities to discuss issues which directly and indirectly affect individuals and groups of communities. Through these conversations, subject matter experts share information to help generate public knowledge that can be used to inform decision-making of all kinds. Topics may include, but are not limited to, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration, and other relevant issues affecting women.
The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women in collaboration with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition presented the Oklahoma SIS* Human Trafficking Summit July 17, 2014. *(Solutions, Initiatives, Strategies.)
The event was held at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown. Keynote speaker from San Diego, Ca. was Autumn Burris, founder/Director of Survivors for Solutions. Panel discussions covered Awareness, Prosecution, and Partnerships. This included but was not limited to the need for data collection, emergency response /investigation, legislation/policies, law enforcement, and survivor services.
- Awareness of the various roles of agencies, organizations, and stakeholders in the spectrum of human trafficking: Prevention, Protection – Adult Victim Services, and Protection – Child Victim Services.
- Identify potential key solutions, strategies, and funding strategies for combating human trafficking in Oklahoma.
- Network to stimulate new collaborations and partnerships for developing and implementing potential key solutions and strategies.
- Shape a State Action Plan to assist state legislators, law enforcement, service agencies and other anti-trafficking entities in improving Oklahoma’s strategy to fight human trafficking.
Statewide Action Plan
- Develop State Plan with assistance from Summit partners and stakeholders
- Coordinate the implementation of the State Plan
- Coordinate the collection and sharing of human trafficking data among government agencies, the data collection shall respect the privacy of the victims of human trafficking
- Coordinate the sharing of information between agencies for the purposes of detecting individuals and groups engaged in human trafficking
- Establish policies to enable state government to work with non-governmental organizations and other elements of civil society to prevent human trafficking and aid US citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking
- Review the existing services and facilities to meet the needs of victims of human trafficking and recommend a system that would coordinate such services, including but not limited to health services, interpreting services, legal and immigration services, and victim compensation
- Evaluate various approaches used by state and local governments to increase public awareness of human trafficking, including trafficking of US citizen and foreign national victims
- Submit an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate.
In 2010, at the State Capitol, the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women presented the "Reduce Incarceration of Women: A Public Agenda Action Plan" a collaborative, non-partisan statewide initiative of action strategies to reduce the incarceration rate of women in Oklahoma to less than the national average by 2020 by using evidence-based practices and policies.
The purpose of the Summit was to seek assistance of all Oklahomans to reduce the rate of non- violent low-risk women offenders while enhancing public safety and expanding cost efficiencies. The Commission partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and the Oklahoma Women's Coalition.
The Oklahoma SIS* project brought together a 42-member panel of experts and leaders in the field of women's incarceration in Oklahoma. Panelists reviewed and distilled years of recommendations and research into a comprehensive plan of action for addressing the highest incarceration rate of women in the nation. As part of the year-long project, a diverse group of some 200 state leaders, individuals, governmental and non-governmental entities adopted the plan at an issues summit April 30, 2010.
* Solutions initiatives Strategies.
- Interrupt the pathways to incarceration.
- Expand critical services to at-risk individuals, populations, and communities.
- Enhance public safety while implementing/expanding lower cost alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent female offenders.
- Remove barriers and provide support for successful return from incarceration to society.
Strategic Life Span Change Areas
- Prevention: Strategies to reduce common pathways and factors that can contribute to later incarceration
- Intervention and Diversion: Strategies to intervene and address risk factors both before and after contact with law enforcement and/or strategies to divert low-risk nonviolent offenders from incarceration
- Recidivism and Reentry: Strategies that support rehabilitation of offenders, reduce recidivism, and enable offenders to successfully reenter the community after imprisonment
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A forum of community and state leaders joined the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women to present their 2012 SIS on Obesity and Diabetes in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The focus of the summit was Gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose (blood sugar) level develops during pregnancy (especially during their third trimester.)
In Oklahoma, almost one in ten Oklahoma mothers reported GDM or high blood sugar during their pregnancy. The risk was highest for mothers 30 years or older those obese prior to becoming pregnant multiparous women and women living in lower income households.
Prenatal counseling on types of food to eat during pregnancy was significantly greater for women with GDM (86.7% vs. 75.1% for non-GDM); however, counseling on appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and exercise did not differ between GDM and non-GDM mothers.
Compared to women in the normal or underweight BMI categories with GMD, overweight or obese women with GDM had higher rates of adverse outcomes, such as cesarean sections, high birth weight infants, and longer hospital stays for the mother after delivery.
Websites on Obesity, Nutrition and Physical activity
Website describes and defines overweight and obesity in adults, defines the term BMI (body mass index) and directs individuals to other sites related to overweight and obesity.
Website describes and defines the terms overweight and obesity in children, describes weight charts and consequences of obesity over the lifespan.
A website for the public, defines overweight and obesity, energy balance and factors contributing to overweight and obesity versus a healthy weight.
http://eatright.org - the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
A website for the public, has a section on Women’s Health, reviews on diets, food tips and other general information on food and nutrition.
This website has a calculator that figures your BMI. Enter your height in feet and inches and your weight in pounds and the calculator automatically calculates you BMI.
Website describes how to get active as a family with tips for activities to do with your children.
Websites on Diabetes
website for the American Diabetes Association.
Official website for the Division of Diabetes Translation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations.
Official website for the Indian Health Service Diabetes Program.
Website describes several types of Diabetes, how Diabetes affects your health during pregnancy and your baby health during pregnancy.
Website describes Diabetes among women and racial/ethnic groups, good section on Gestational Diabetes, gives resources, section on women, aging and Diabetes, section on women veterans and Diabetes.
A four page booklet on how to prevent Diabetes, provides tips for adults, determining risk for Diabetes, and provides information on exercise and healthy eating.
A complete discussion on Gestational Diabetes – what it is, how it is diagnosed, how it is treated, after pregnancy and further risk for Gestational Diabetes with subsequent pregnancies and risk for Type 2 Diabetes after pregnancy.
his website contains the same information and materials for the public on Gestational Diabetes