Metro Tech students win at conference; OR seed grants awarded


Metro Tech students win gold

Metro Technology Centers students recently won several awards at the 2022 International Leadership Conference for Future Healthcare Professionals (HOSA) in Nashville, Tennessee. Six students competed in three categories: nursing assistant, creative problem solving and healthcare photography. The six students ranked in their respective tests.

Winners included:

  • Breanna Skyes, post-secondary nursing assistant student, won the bronze medal in the nurse aide event.
  • Haley Payne, Keeli New, Kayla McNack and Jamey Wehrenberg, post-secondary practical nursing students, won the gold medal at the Creative Problem-Solving event.
  • Melissa Rivera, post-secondary medical assistant, won gold in the Health Care Photography event.

Also recognized was Samir Elneser, graduated from Metro Tech’s Radiology Technology program, as an outstanding alumnus of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

From left to right, Tammy Kersey, Physician Assistant Teacher;  Debbie Bennett, HOSA Oklahoma counselor;  and Tonja Truitt, Practical Nursing Teacher, hold the HOSA Membership Award for Largest Post-Secondary/College Section.

Tonja Truitt, Metro Tech Practical Nursing Instructor, said this achievement is nothing less than a reflection of the hard work of the students and the support received from the institution.

OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center Announces Winners of its Seed Grant Program

The OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center’s TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) recently announced the winners of its Seed Grant Program. Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $50,000 for their research project.

Winners included:

  • Dr Amy Cohn, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and researcher at the HPRC, received a grant for her project entitled “Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research: Evaluating the impact of medical marijuana legalization on cannabis attitudes, toxic use behaviors and health outcomes in Oklahomans.
  • Dr Jason Oliver, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UO College of Medicine and an HPRC researcher, received a grant for his project titled “Translational Research on Beta-Adrenergic Drugs as Potential Smoking Cessation Agents: A Study efficiency pilot with results.
  • Dr Ashlea Braun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University, received a grant for her project titled “Examining Implicit Factors of Ultra-Processed Food Consumption by Weight Status and Retail Exposure”.

For more information about the TSET Health Promotion Research Center, visit

Hearing Aid Winner Announcement

Kelly Miles, left, is flanked by Sheller Gladden, vice president of the Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma division.  Miles was the organization's recent winner for hearing aids.

Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter has announced the 2022 hearing aid winner.

Kelly Miles, who is a retired doctor and lives in Oklahoma City, is the winner of ReSound Hearing Aids.

Dr. Pam Matthews, owner of Pro Hearing, donated the cost of the hearing aid, as well as the consultations.

For more information, call Ana Covey, president of the Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter, at 405-640-5152, or email [email protected]

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