March 31, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joe Dorman, CEO – Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Telephone: (405) 892-9205
OICA to Host “Weekly Child Advocacy Chat” April 1
First Teleconference Features Dr. Patrick McGough & Commerce Sec. Kouplen
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) will begin a series of online “Weekly Child Advocacy Chats” to provide critical information Oklahomans need in this unprecedented time.
“The idea is to make sure Oklahomans have access to important news relating to the primary issues of the day that have an impact on the state’s children,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s chief executive officer. “We intend to bring together healthcare professionals, key decision-makers, and subject matter experts to the chats, giving Oklahomans a chance to hear from them and ask questions.
The first of the chats is slated for Wednesday, April 1, beginning at 11:45 a.m. This first chat will be a teleconference across the “Zoom” internet platform. Plans are to expand it to other communications platforms in the weeks ahead.
Joining Dorman for the first Weekly Child Advocacy Chat are:
- Patrick “Dr. Mac” McGough – Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
- Sean Kouplen – Oklahoma State Secretary of Commerce and Non-profits.
- Sheri Dickerson – Oklahoma Field Director/State Consultant for Census Counts Campaign.
Topics for the teleconference will be the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on families and the state’s economy, as well as the U.S. Census; April 1 is Census Day, the day by which families should have completed their Census surveys. Dorman noted that Oklahoma is lagging behind other states in the percentage of Census surveys that have been complete.
“Clearly, COVID-19 pandemic is of top-of-mind concern,” he said. “Even so, we cannot shortchange the Census. If Oklahoma has an undercount of our residents, that means literally hundreds of millions of dollars of our taxpayer money that should come back to Oklahoma going to other states over the next decade. It’s in important topic to talk about.”
Participation in the Weekly Child Advocacy Chat is free, but to participate you must register. Simply go to oica.org and sign up in the “popup” box that will appear on your computer screen or by selecting “Sign Up for ‘Weekly Child Advocacy Chat’” in the main menu.