A statewide coalition launches a campaign to expand Medicaid coverage to uninsured Oklahoma residents.
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma will be in Conference Room 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help people sign up for health insurance.
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TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation has donated six prescription drug drop-off boxes to six municipalities as part of a grant that Environmental Programs received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The six boxes will be given to Claremore, Nowata, Pryor, Sallisaw, Tahlequah and Vinita. City officials will place the boxes at a designated location and will be responsible for the collection and disposal of medications. The partnership with local communities in placing the drop-boxes is part of the tribe’s effort in addressing the opioid crisis.
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The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a nonprofit organization committed to identifying and treating rare diseases and disorders.
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Dr. Roger Montgomery says a recall of three types of Losartan tablets coming from producers in India affects less than 100 Cherokee Nation patients.
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Principal Chief Bill John Baker introduces Dr. Kaye Shrum, president of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, during the May 20 groundbreaking for the 84,000-square-foot OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Officials for the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University prepare to throw the first shovels of dirt during a May 20 groundbreaking for an osteopathic medical school in Tahlequah. D. SEAN ROWLEY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The 84,000 square-foot OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will be located on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – After much preparation and planning by Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University officials, the first shovels of dirt were officially turned on May 20 to build a medical school in Tahlequah.

CN and OSU officials broke ground to symbolize the start of construction on the 84,000-square-foot OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation.
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More than 2,300 Native Americans within the Cherokee Nation died from heart disease from 2011-15.
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OKMULGEE (AP) — Health officials in Oklahoma says the state has its first confirmed case of measles in the past 12 months.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the case was confirmed in Okmulgee County. The department says the person who fell ill had returned to Oklahoma after traveling both domestically and internationally.

Oklahoma last had a confirmed case of measles in May 2018.

Nationwide, a total of 839 cases of measles were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year. The majority of illnesses have been in New York — most of them among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

Measles was once common in the U.S. but gradually became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.
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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he doesn’t want the state locked into matching federal funds for a Medicaid expansion, claiming Congress might pass more of the burden to the states in the future. OKLAHOMA FARM REPORT
Gov. Kevin Stitt has expressed openness and skepticism to expanding Medicaid in the past.
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In this 2018 photo, Amy DeVore, Cherokee Nation public health educator, speaks with Regina Sumler, left, and Mettie Detherage during a smoking cessation class at the CN Vinita Health Center. Sumler and Mettie were taking the class to stop smoking. ARCHIVE
Cherokee Nation Public Health offers quarterly smoking cessation classes for anyone, not just tribal citizens, in their journeys to become smoke free. NORTHWELL HEALTH
Cherokee Nation Public Health offers eight-weeks of smoking cessation classes.
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Treasurer Lacey Horn, right, packs care kits containing hygienic products for girls and women who struggle to afford those products during their menstrual cycles. The kits were distributed in March to all eight Cherokee Nation health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital. COURTESY
The care kits contain a tote bag, five reusable hannahpads, a brush/mirror set, nail kit and wet bag. The tote bag, nail kit, and brush/mirror set are printed with the Cherokee syllabary “anigeya sinvda unehvi,” which translates to “that time of the month.” LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
One of four drawings by Cherokee artist Keli Gonzales of a “Cherokee Super Girl” accompany the care kits as a way to promote the program and encourage young girls and women to ask for the kits. COURTESY
Tribal departments help girls and women afford proper hygienic care during their menstrual cycles.
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