The Chickasaw Nation has played a leading role in supporting health programs across Oklahoma.
“We all live and work in diverse communities where what affects one of us affects all of us, so it is important for us to work together for the common good,” says Gov. Bill Anoatubby.
That search for the common good has given rise to a host of initiatives to improve treatments for diseases that impact First Americans and people everywhere. Those projects include a hospital, a trio of clinics, numerous specialty treatment centers, and residency programs for pharmacy and medical school students.
The Chickasaw Nation has also recognized the importance of medical research in improving health outcomes. That has led to a series of collaborations between the tribe and OMRF.
Contributions from the Chickasaw Nation enabled OMRF to create the Chickasaw Nation Laboratory for Cancer Research. There, scientists focus on identifying new therapeutic approaches for the second-leading killer in the U.S. and Oklahoma.
OMRF has also partnered with the Chickasaw Nation to provide rheumatology care to a tribal clinic, allowing OMRF scientists to better understand the role race may play in rheumatoid arthritis and related diseases. And Chickasaw Nation cardiologists work with OMRF researchers to study risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, which disproportionately strike First American populations.
“We’re excited about the many different ways in which the Chickasaw Nation and OMRF are collaborating,” says OMRF President Dr. Andrew Weyrich. “By working together, we will positively impact the lives of First Americans and so many others worldwide whose lives are affected by devastating illnesses.”
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