Good news! In an effort to serve more Oklahomans across the state, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation (OCF) has added three new Oklahoma Caring Vans, increasing the current total to eight operating van units. Through the teamwork of OCF’s existing vans and one more to be introduced later in 2015, the Caring Vans will have nine units to deliver services in counties where 92% of Oklahoma’s children live. What do the Care Vans do?In January, OCF launched the seventh new Caring Van to operate in partnership with the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (OCAITHB). The van will travel across the state and serve citizens of Oklahoma’s 38 federally-recognized tribes with oral health screenings, fluoride varnishes, diabetic foot checks and wellness education. The OCAITHB Caring Van has visited several health fairs and summer camps across the state in its first months of operation, serving more than 175 tribal children and adults. In June, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation celebrated the launch of its eighth Caring Van at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. The Chickasaw Nation Caring Van will be staffed by Chickasaw Nation personnel and administered by the Oklahoma Caring Foundation. The van provides services including immunizations, preventive dental screenings and wellness education across the Chickasaw Nation’s ten-county tribal jurisdiction in south central Oklahoma. The van will serve both members of the Chickasaw Nation, along with non-native residents living in the surrounding communities. According to Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, the new van represents the Nation’s commitment to improving the health of its citizens and neighbors.
Who’s Driving?This Caring Van will be staffed by faculty and students from the University of Oklahoma’s dental hygiene and community health departments. The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is excited for the opportunity to address this often-overlooked preventive health need for Oklahoma children.Since its start in 1999, the Caring Van program has provided nearly 260,000 lifesaving immunizations. The vans provide immunizations at locations easily accessible for families. The state of Oklahoma requires that all Oklahoma children are current on their immunizations prior to child care or school entry, and the Caring Vans help families meet those requirements. Services are provided at no charge to children aged six weeks through 18 years who qualify; this includes children who are uninsured, Medicaid eligible or American Indian.
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The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization administered as an in kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. It was established in 1994 to improve the health of Oklahoma children through vaccinations and access to basic health care. For more information, please visit oklahomacaringfoundation.org
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