Events

06.03.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 6, 2016

For More Information Contact:  Lori Timmons, Variety Care (405) 632-6688 x3005

Local non-profit held event to promote quality, affordable health care in Oklahoma

(June 3, Oklahoma City) -- More than 300 people gathered for the Variety Show 2016 to support Variety Care’s mission of making quality, affordable health care accessible in Oklahoma. The sixth annual event was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and featured themed entertainment, dining, and atmosphere designed to virtually transport guests to San Antonio and New Orleans.

                The evening "A Taste for Travel" featured food and music from San Antonio and New Orleans.  As guests and patrons were seated for dinner, the evening culminated with a true variety show directed by Jay Ferguson featuring live music and vocal performances from local talent with an arcing story line that highlighted the importance of health care in our lives from the moment we are born into our old age.

“This year's event was beautifully led by event co-chairs Amy Dunn and Leigh Ann Albers,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO of Variety Care.  Both Amy and Leigh Ann are members of the Variety Care Foundation Board of Directors. “Without philanthropic giving, Variety Care could not provide the services we do for so many Oklahomans. We are grateful to all who sponsored and made donations at the event.”  

                Hundreds of thousands of people across Oklahoma struggle to find a way to access health care in their communities. Many go without the medical attention they need, because they simply don’t have access to quality health care that they can afford. Putting off care leads to many poor outcomes, continuing the cycle of poverty and poor health.  Variety Care’s staff of 400+ Oklahomans works every day to provide care for those in our community who need it most.

                In a year with so many health and social service cuts and economic uncertainty, charitable giving has never been more important.

About Variety Care (www.varietycare.org): Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central, south and western Oklahoma. In 2015, Variety Care provided medical, dental, behavioral health, discounted pharmacy, case management and social services to 88,795 men, women, and children.

The entire family can access affordable care at Variety Care.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make quality  health care affordable and accessible for all patients.   

05.21.15

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TO HOLD “CHOICES” TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION EVENT

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, MAY 14, 2015 – On Thursday, May 21 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club (3535 N. Western Avenue, OKC) a  collaboration of organizations with a mission to reduce teen birth rates in central Oklahoma will come together to raise awareness among teens with a “Choices – Teen Pregnancy” event. This informative and interactive event will include a National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy quiz, Price is Right game, poster contest, as well as a pizza party, take-home grab bags, and gift cards.

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, an advocacy push to promote reproductive health and address the nation’s disproportionately high rate of unintended pregnancies among young people. A united collaboration of local organizations passionate about decreasing birth rates among teens in central Oklahoma – Variety Care Teen Clinic, Oklahoma City-County Health Department – Wellness Now, Teen emPower, the Institute for Child Advocacy, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund – will host the awareness event.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County provide safe, positive places for kids and teens to develop their potential,” said Jane Sutter, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. “Through our dynamic programs and nurturing staff relationships with over 3,000 Club members, we share a responsibility to encourage our youth to make healthy choices that will lead to positive futures for themselves and our community.”

In 2012, Oklahoma was ranked second worst in the nation for teen birth rates. In central Oklahoma alone, the teen birth rate is twice as high as the national average – with one out of every five teen births in the state.

“When you have one of the highest teen birth rates in the developed world, it is a big deal – and very definitely not the kind of distinction we want for central Oklahoma,” said Dr. Kyle Stewart, pediatrician at Variety Care. “Every single person in this community has the potential to play a role in teen pregnancy prevention, whether they realize it or not. From being a mentor for your church’s youth group to being a coach for your kid’s soccer team; simply encouraging healthy relationships, healthy activities, and being a trusted adult can change the world.”   

For teen mothers and their children, early pregnancy often means living with poverty, child abuse and neglect; school failure; health and mental health issues; and poor preparation for the workforce. For central Oklahoma, it means bearing the social and economic costs of those issues. In 2010, teen childbearing in Oklahoma cost taxpayers at least $169 million – with Oklahoma County’s cost estimated at nearly $40 million. 

“Teen pregnancy is a large and complex social problem affecting our entire community,” said Liz Eickman, Director – Kirkpatrick Family Fund. “At Kirkpatrick Family Fund we believe addressing the societal and health challenges that arise from teen births through evidence-based, age-appropriate programming and solutions will improve opportunities for youth, lessen economic costs, and lead to better overall public health.”

A united group of community partners, government agencies and service providers have begun a planning process to make teen pregnancy prevention a priority in central Oklahoma. Their “As a Matter of Fact” report, recently published during National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, seeks to inform, educate, and rally the community to achieve an aggressive goal: To reduce teen births in central Oklahoma by one-third by 2020. 

“With the collaboration of local government, service providers, community partners, and civic and faith-based leaders to provide comprehensive, age-appropriate, evidence-based initiatives, we can support the health and well-being of young men and women by helping them understand the gravity of their choices and empowering them to steer their futures toward their dreams,” said Eickman, who with her co-chair Penny Voss worked alongside Wellness Now Coalition Adolescent Health Workgroup members to produce the “As A Matter of Fact” report.

Media Contact: Ken Johnson, Media Coordinator – Oklahoma City-County Health Department: media@occhd.org or (405) 417-1634.

For more information on the “Choices – Teen Pregnancy” event or the “As a Matter of Fact” report, please contact Rachel Shortt with the Kirkpatrick Family Fund: shorttcommunications@outlook.com or (405) 760-6338. 

04.27.15

Make healthy food fun and learn kitchen skills in this fun cooking class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance for kids to express themselves and their creativity through food. Participants will learn how to make whole grain tortillas from scratch.  Parents are encouraged to participate.

Variety Care and Southwest Integris Medical Center presents:

Healthy Snacks 4 Healthy Kids

Where: Lafayette Community Room

When: Monday, April 27th from 3:30-5:00pm

Kids ages 6-10 + family members + staff (limit is 75 people)

Cost: Free to participants

Sign-up: Call 405-951-2277 and ask for Variety Care’s Healthy Snacks 4 Healthy Kids Cooking Class.

 

01.31.15

Free Marketplace Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

No appointment is needed for Marketplace enrollment assistance at Variety Care Lafayette Clinic.

When: Saturday, January 31st from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: 500 SW 44th St. (Walker and SW 44th Street)

Documents needed include: Most recent taxes, pay stubs, Social security cards, and any immigration documents such as naturalization certificates or work permits. 

For more information, contact us at 405-632-6688

01.29.15

Make healthy food fun and learn kitchen skills in this cooking class designed for kids. This hands-on and interactive class is a perfect chance for kids to express themselves and their creativity through food. We will prepare some fun and healthy recipes that will keep them energetic and satisfied for hours on end. Parents are encouraged to participate.

Variety Care and Southwest Integris Medical Center presents:

Healthy Snacks 4 Healthy Kids

Where: Lafayette Community Room

When: Thursday, January 29th from 10-11:30am

Kids ages 6-10 + family members + staff (limit is 75 people)

Cost: Free to participants

Sign-up: Call 405-951-2277 and ask for Variety Care’s Healthy Snacks 4 Healthy Kids Cooking Class.

10.04.14

You are invited to the Community Wellness Meeting to learn more about the grant we are applying for in the Britton area. It is at 2pm held at Britton Elementary. Come learn about Variety Care is doing in your neighborhood, how we can help your family, and how you can help us grow. 

08.16.14

Come join Variety Care in their celebration of National Health Center Week at two of our locations. 

Mid-Del Health Center
3851 Tinker Diagonal
Del City, OK 73115
10am-12pm 

And

Inasmuch Foundation Pediatric and Wellness Center- Lafayette Campus
500 SW 44th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

2-4pm

 

Join us in celebrating the day with activites for the entire family. We will have arts and crafts, height and weight screenings, a resource fair for families and so much more!

 

 

 

08.13.14

In recognition of National Health Center Week August 10-16th, Variety Care in Norman invites the community to an open house and breakfast on Wednesday, August 13th, from 8am-9:30am at Variety Care Norman Family Practice at 317 East Himes (former Health for Friends) directly across from Norman Regional Hospital on Porter.

A healthy, kid-friendly breakfast will be prepared by Food for Thought Learning Institute from fresh ingredients, who will also provide demonstrations and answer questions about quick and healthy meals. Tours of both Norman Family Practice and Norman Pediatrics will be offered throughout the morning. Stop by and learn more about how community health centers like Variety Care provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to all ages and are local engines for healthier communities. For more information about NHCW, visit healthcenterweek.org. For more information or to RSVP for breakfast on August 13th, call (405) 312-9468 or email Lisa Schmidt at lschmidt@varietycare.org. 

 

 

06.12.14

Please join us for the public celebration of the reopening of Norman Family Practice, Thursday, June 12, 4-6pm.

Ribbon-cutting and remarks at 5:00pm

317 E Himes (directly across from Norman Regional Hospital on Porter)

Stop by and see the remodeled space, meet the providers and staff, enjoy refreshment and learn more about how Variety Care is making health care affordable and accessible in Norman and Cleveland County.

Free event and open to the public, reservations requested by RSVPing to Lisa Schmidt at (405)312-9468. 

To schedule patient appointments for either of our two Norman locations or other Oklahoma City metro locations, please call (405) 632-6688.

08.17.13

Come join Variety Care in their celebration of National Health Center Week.
Straka Terrace Family Health Center
1025 Straka Terrace (I-240 & Western)
10am-2pm
Immunizations for kids, health screenings, fun activities, and lunch!
Bring the whole family. First 100 people receive a free t-shirt.