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PM NewsBrief: November 15, 2022

HPV vaccines

Less than two-thirds of Oklahoma teenagers have been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus. Rates are even lower for those in rural areas.

HPV is a sexually transmitted infection and can cause cervical cancer later in life. It’s usual. The CDC estimates that approximately 13 million Americans acquire an HPV infection each year.

But rates have declined since a vaccine came out in 2006. It’s a two-dose series, and public health officials recommend children get the shot at around age 11 or 12.

In Oklahoma, about 60 percent of children ages 13 to 18 have received the vaccine. That’s according to a study released this month by a partnership between OSU Rural Health, Northeastern State University at Tahlequah and Purdue University.

Rates were lower in rural areas than in urban areas, and they were also lower among Hispanic and multicultural adolescents.

Respondents were asked why they withdrew, and the researchers said the most common answers were safety concerns and lack of recommendations from doctors.

The medical association will continue its political efforts through a lobby for exceptions to abortion

The Oklahoma State Medical Association says it will push in the next legislative session for exceptions to Oklahoma’s strict abortion laws.

Pat Hall, a longtime lobbyist for the trade group representing doctors, said the OSMA is considering approaching friendly state lawmakers to include exceptions for rape, incest and maternal life.

“We will ask the leadership of the House and the Senate. We are going to ask them to come back, to have a bill that provides for exemptions. I think they heard the audience. They have certainly heard of the national narrative. It is time for them to come back, look at this cruel bill they passed, re-evaluate it, come back and correct their mistakes. It happens all the time. They’re in a hurry, they pass a bill, they come back the next year and polish it,” Hall said.

Hall said cruelty aside, there are concerns in the medical field that Oklahoma’s restrictions could push obstetricians out of state.

“If you keep losing OBs at the rate we’re losing them, where will Oklahoma be? How are you going to recruit companies in this state if there are no doctors to deliver babies? »

The 2023 efforts will follow what Hall calls an unprecedented midterm push by OSMA to get “Reagan Republicans” elected. The group spent $3 million supporting nominated “pro-science” candidates, and Hall said he managed to get 51 of the 55 preferred candidates elected.

Hall said a big win was the re-election of state Rep. Rhonda Baker, chair of the House Commons Education Committee. One loss was the defeat of Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister by incumbent Governor Kevin Stitt for Governor of Oklahoma.

“It was not a big risk for OSMA to support Superintendent Hofmeister. People inside the Capitol already knew that we – the doctors, along with our Native American tribes and educators – were three groups that the Stitt administration had flagged, that we were almost persona non grata.”

Despite all the setbacks, Hall said the OSMA would continue to be politically involved in a number of issues, including advocating for “patient-centered” changes to Stitt’s Medicaid managed care plan, which features heavy involvement. insurance companies. OSMA also plans to continue challenging politicians who challenge education.

“The whole house of medicine is going to be on offense, not defense. We’re going to go after these anti-science people,” Hall said.

Oklahoma receives millions from multistate settlement with Google

Oklahoma is one of 39 states to receive part of a more than $390 million multistate settlement with Google.

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor announced the state would receive more than $6 million from a settlement with Google over its location-based practices after a multi-state investigation found that the tech company had been violating consumer protection laws since at least 2014.

Google has been found to mislead users about the extent to which they can limit company location tracking, resulting in users’ movements being recorded even after telling the company not to. to follow them.

The settlement also requires Google to be transparent with consumers about their location tracking practices and the types of location data they collect.

Appointed Governor Stitt’s Chief of Staff

A former trustee of a private Christian university will serve as Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s chief of staff.

Brandon Tatum served as executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Oklahoma Christian University. He has also served on Stitt’s Education Committee and the Statewide Virtual Charter Board as a Stitt appointee.

A major idea that Tatum has championed at OC is partnering with workplaces. For example, the university recently launched a program for teaching assistants and paraprofessionals to earn their degrees and certifications online while working in schools.

And while Tatum’s role as chief of staff encompasses more than just education, analysts say he’ll likely play a big role in helping Stitt convince state lawmakers to sign on with college vouchers. state-funded private.

OKC Parks Feedback Survey

Oklahoma City is seeking public input for several park improvement projects.

The city invites residents to share ideas for improving nearly 100 community and neighborhood parks as part of MAPS 4.

Feedback collected from residents will help the consultants develop a master plan and assess park conditions and potential expansion needs.

To participate in the survey, visit

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