On Wednesday, the Cherokee Nation presented the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, with $1.5 million to fund the fight against diabetes and cancer. Activities will focus on research, prevention, patient care, and faculty and staff development.
This money will provide start-up funds for the Tulsa branches of the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute and the Oklahoma Diabetes Center, both of which will be a part of the new Research and Medical Clinic.
The Clinic is located on the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center campus and is scheduled to open in June.
The OU College of Medicine, Tulsa, and the Cherokee Nation will expand their association through this collaboration. The cancer and diabetes programs at OU-Tulsa will be a part of the network of services offered through the Cherokee Nation and will allow for additional care for patients. One in 10 Oklahomans have diabetes and that number is expected to skyrocket to one in three without appropriate interventions and education. Additionally, cancer rates in Oklahoma are more than 20 percent higher than the national average.