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Lead Wellness Coordinator
Oklahoma State Department of Health
"I dream of an Oklahoma where all our citizens are able to live, work, play, and learn in an inclusive, built environment that is supportive of active transportation and has easy access to the resources and nutritious foods they need to be able to live healthy lives."
Three words to describe me:
positive, innovative, strategic
The best part of my job:
knowing that my work will help others
Something that would surprise others about me:
I used to be introverted.
Lauran Larson knows that creating healthy environments, where the healthy decision is the easy one, can have profound effects on health outcomes. As the lead wellness coordinator at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, she unifies statewide efforts to reduce obesity rates, coordinates employee wellness programming, and serves with a team of partners who provide support and technical assistance to grantees of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program.
Tens of thousands of Oklahoma County residents have been directly impacted by the policies and practices Lauran has helped organizations adopt. Because of her hard work, dedication, and successful track record in her own community, she has been called upon by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to serve as a mentor and innovator for the program in interviews and statewide and national conferences.
A true leader, Lauran also played an important role in the Oklahoma County’s COVID-19 response efforts, including grant writing, case investigation, and situation unit research.
Lauran received a master’s in prevention science and a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.