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Orange is the Answer

With recent investments in treating addictive behavior and quickly building the state's largest testing site in 2020 during the throws of the pandemic, Oklahoma State University is leading the state in rural health innovation and care.  

How do we help improve health outcomes of Native communities? 

Orange is the Answer. The OSU Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy (CIHRP) has been awarded two grants totaling more than $5.5 million dollars to improve indigenous food systems and health outcomes. The center will focus on three areas: education and training; research and evaluation; and dissemination. The center will build community research capacity, identify and prioritize sustainable indigenous interventions, and then implement and evaluate those interventions.

Where does the state turn to battle the opioid epidemic?

Orange is the Answer. The Hardesty Family Foundation donated $2 million to aid in research and clinical trials related to National Center for Wellness and Recovery’s mission of addiction research and treatment. President Shrum said it best, "The generous gift from the Hardesty Family Foundation will allow OSU and NCWR to find personalized, evidence-based therapies for those struggling with addiction."

Where did the state turn when we needed COVID-19 testing?

Orange is the Answer. Oklahoma turned to Oklahoma State University, OSU Medicine in Tulsa and the College of Veterinary Medicine to build and staff the state's largest COVID-19 testing site in 2020, servicing hospital and urgent care groups all across the state. As university leaders considered how to best use its resources to serve the state. FDA-approved machines to run the test analysis for COVID-19 were identified at the OSU Diagnostic Laboratory.
A COVID-19 lab worker working at the height of the pandemic

Where are scholars making an impact in rural Oklahoma?

Orange is the Answer. Oklahoma State University students led community-engaged research in rural communities this spring and summer, a key component of OSU’s Rural Renewal Initiative. Following coursework last spring, OSU's Rural Scholars conducted successful community-based research in areas such as rural health care, youth leadership development and rural housing.

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