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Thyroid-related tests were performed over a six-month period that ended in February.
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This 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. Oklahoma’s attorney general announced a settlement on March 26, 2019, with Purdue Pharma, one of the drug manufacturers named in a state lawsuit that accuses them of fueling the opioid epidemic. TOBY TALBOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The deal comes two months before Oklahoma’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies was set to go to trial.
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Posters with art by Keli Gonzales are up at Cherokee Nation health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital to promote care kits for girls and women. COURTESY
Starter care kits were created with eco-friendly feminine hygiene and self-care products for distribution throughout the Cherokee Nation.
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Several states have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, but Oklahoma’s was the first set to go to trial on May 28.
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People of all ages take part in a walk in this 2012 event at Camp Heart of the Hills in Welling as part of the Cherokee Nation’s annual Diabetes Prevention Program retreat. The Indian Health Service suggests “individuals of all ages can benefit from daily physical activity.” WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
In this 2016 photo, people exercise during a boot camp class at the Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center in Tahlequah. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ fitness initiative called Move Your Way, physical activity will “boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress and improve your sleep.” ARCHIVE
“Some physical activity is better than none,” the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases suggests.
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The Cherokee Nation’s Health Services is giving away one tablet per family who is new to enrolling in SoonerCare or within 30 days of their expiration to re-enroll. To qualify, families must be CN citizens or Health Services patients. COURTESY
Health officials are giving away one tablet per family who is new to enrolling in SoonerCare or within 30 days of their expiration to re-enroll.
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A Centers of Disease Control and Prevention study released in 2018 stated that Stilwell in Adair County has the lowest life expectancy in the country. Cherokee Nation officials have said that the study was inaccurate. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Residents are expected to live an average of 56.3 years, 22.5 years lower than the national average, according to the Centers of Disease Control.
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Levels have reached a less than one-day supply. Typically, the Oklahoma Blood Institute maintains a three- to five-day supply for local hospitals.
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Cherokee Nation Economic Development Manager Hunter Palmer attends the first of several health recruitment fairs on Feb. 19, at the Cherokee Nation Ballroom in Tahlequah. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation held the first of a series of health recruitment fairs on Feb. 19 at the Cherokee Nation Ballroom in order to fill more than 60 new positions for the tribe’s 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.

“Many of the positions must be filled six months before the health facility opens later this year,” said Economic Development Manager Hunter Palmer. “Physicians, lab technicians, biomedical engineering technicians, facilities and grounds laborers and more positions are now open.”

CN Health Services and CN Career Services will host additional health recruitment fairs throughout the 14 counties in the near future.?? Applicants are asked to bring their resumes. ?
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – State lawmakers are considering a bill that would use Medicaid expansion funds to boost Oklahoma's private-insurance subsidy program.

Insure Oklahoma provides health coverage for low-income, working residents or Oklahomans who don't have employer-provided benefits.

The measure would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state's Medicaid agency, to seek federal approval for a waiver to expand Insure Oklahoma. A Senate Committee approved the proposal Monday.
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People of all ages take part in a walk in this 2012 walk at Camp Heart of the Hills in Welling as part of the Cherokee Nation’s annual Diabetes Prevention Program retreat. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
It’s the first tribal program in Oklahoma to have received Centers for Disease Control full-recognition status.
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