Community leaders, public health advocates, and members of the public will gather Sept. 2-3, for the 18th Annual Turning Point Conference and Policy Day hosted by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council). The event will be held at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center & Hotel and will feature Oklahoma’s Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb as one of the keynote speakers.


The conference theme “i3: Initiate. Invigorate. Innovate.” Will highlight best practices regarding effective community coalitions, strategic partnerships and relationship building; offer practical tips and tools that can be implemented in local communities to create a culture of health; engage the community in the development of policy objectives and advocacy efforts; and build connections among like-minded individuals who value a holistic view of community health and wellness.


All attendees must pre-register online by Aug. 26 to attend, as on-site registration will not be available. The event rate is $75 and includes lunch on Sept. 2. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a special event rate of $95 per night for Sept. 1 and 2. The hotel room rate is valid until Aug. 12, or when the room block is sold out.


The Sept. 2 conference keynote speaker, Jessica (Jess) Lawrence, will describe her 4,200 mile cross-country bicycle trip and how that experience taught her lessons in leadership and how to maintain a work-life balance. Conference break-out sessions will provide tools to assist communities in local health improvement in the areas of prescription drug abuse & misuse, child nutrition, wellness policy, youth engagement, domestic abuse prevention, strategic partnerships, coalition leadership and best practices in coalition building.


Susan Waldron is the chairperson of the Oklahoma Turning Point Council.


“There is truly something for everyone at this year’s Turning Point conference,” said Waldron. “With all the challenges in healthcare today, it is a great opportunity for us to meet together as community partners to exchange information, learn new approaches and celebrate successes.”


The OTPC Policy Day will take place Sept. 3. The purpose is to engage community partners in development of policy objectives and advocacy efforts as well as to generate enthusiasm and a shared call to action for health policy change. The keynote speaker, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, will highlight statewide initiatives wherein communities and coalitions successfully enacted substantial policy reforms.


A panel of policy experts from the state, local, and tribal perspectives will connect coalitions and community partners with policy leaders in order to initiate, invigorate, and innovate public health policy for the improvement of Oklahoma’s health. Policy day breakout sessions will build consensus among participants to set policy recommendations and advocacy goals for the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan focus areas of behavioral health, children’s health, tobacco use prevention, obesity prevention, access to care and health education.


Learn more and register at For more information, contact Oklahoma State Department of Health Turning Point Manager Danielle Dill at