Given the Academy’s long track record of supporting health initiatives through our Town Hall processes, and most recently (2014 Town Hall) recommending support of “a state tax increase on all tobacco products . . ,“ the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center invited the Oklahoma Academy to a meeting where a new study was to be released. Entitled “A Significant Tax Increase in Oklahoma Would produce a Large Sustained Increase in State Tobacco Tax Revenues,” the report, unveiled by Dr. Frank Chaloupka, an economist from the University of Illinois-Chicago, detailed the positive revenue impacts and health outcomes the state would likely see. He has been performing such research nationally and internationally for over 30 years.
Julie asked if Richard Wansley and Craig Knutson could attend on behalf of the Academy, since both have health or health research/policy backgrounds. The specific results of the report can be found at the following link Jennifer Engleman | Mar 28, 2017
Oklahoma Academy Board Member Spotlight
Karen "Sunny" Langdon, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Tulsa
You’ve been a member of the Oklahoma Academy for 20 years. Why did you originally become involved with the organization?
Steve Turnbo, who I went to TU with, told me he thought I’d love the organization and recommended I join.What excites you the most about the Oklahoma Academy’s mission?
The thing that excites me most about the mission is the non-partisan part of it – I am totally non-partisan myself – vote Democratic sometimes, Republican sometimes – the idea that good, smart people join only because they want to improve Oklahoma, not because of party or politics.
What do you find most challenging about supporting the organization’s mission?
I find the main challenge to be the fact that it’s hard to recruit new members because so many people do not understand what “policy-development” i...