Meeting in McAlester on residents' health needs

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MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma State Department of Health is hosting a community meeting to learn what McAlester residents believe are their most critical health needs.

The June 5 event at the Pittsburg County Health Department is part of a series of meetings planned throughout the state through June.

Public feedback will be used to update the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, which first launched in 2009. The plan was mandated by state lawmakers in 2008 and directs health officials to prepare a report outlining how to improve the wellbeing of all Oklahomans.

The current version of the plan focuses on three initiatives: improving children's health, preventing tobacco use and reducing obesity.

Residents who can't attend the meeting can still participate by completing an online survey at

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