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Dr. Kelly Dunn speaks with a patient at OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic.
Dr. Kelly Dunn, addiction medicine specialist, talks with a patient at the OSU Addiction Medicine Clinic.

BCBSOK awards grant to OSU Medicine for addiction, pain management research

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) has awarded a community health investment grant of $250,000 to Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Addiction Medicine Specialty Clinic to address the public health concerns of addiction and mental health in Oklahoma by improving access to behavioral health care.

The OSU Addiction Medicine Specialty Clinic is a Tulsa-based outpatient clinic offering comprehensive treatment including individualized, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, medication-assisted treatment and mental health services. The clinic is a member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network. The support from BCBSOK will be used to research the effectiveness of telemedicine services for treating addiction.

“We admire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma’s leadership in expanding access to addiction treatment services. This major investment will allow us to reach more Oklahomans who are struggling with addiction and who would benefit immensely from the expertise at OSU Medicine. We appreciate our continued partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Supporting in and partnering with like-minded organizations like OSU Center for Health Sciences on community health initiatives builds on BCBSOK's legacy of supporting local communities and helping families and individuals thrive. Through these efforts, BCBSOK aims to help improve the lives of people in Oklahoma’s communities by removing barriers and addressing social factors that affect their health and well-being.

“We are investing in solutions to reduce cost of care and improve health outcomes in Oklahoma,” said Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “We have been providing health insurance in Oklahoma for nearly 80 years and its part of our mission to help our members as well as our communities. It aligns with our purpose: To Do Everything In Our Power To Stand With Our Members In Sickness And In Health®”

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