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Local coalition to meet about improving health care

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2005) -- The Organization for Health Improvement in Appalachia, a local coalition of professionals whose goal is to improve health care in the region, will meet Monday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 125 at O'Bleness Hospital to discuss dental services for patients in Athens County with financial need.

Presenters will include: Nick Huston of Friends of Appalachia; Tara Wallace of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services for Athens County; and Debbi Fulks and Jill Barber, who are involved in the Dental Sealant Program for the Athens City/County Health Department.

Lunch will be served, but reservations should be made by calling Kristi Brown at 592-9300 by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

The group will also seat some new board members at the meeting. The board includes:

  • President - Gary Neiman, dean, Ohio University College of Health and Human Services
  • Vice President- Ellen Martin, Health Recovery Services
  • Secretary - John Costanzo, superintendent, Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center
  • Treasurer - Lynn Anastas, vice president of community relations, O'Bleness Hospital

Board members:

  • Mike Turner, United Seniors of Athens
  • Kathy Trace, Community Services Program, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Marnie Frey, president/CEO, Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice and Health Services Inc.

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