Marisa New, MPH, OTR 
Director 
Health Equity and Resource Opportunities Division, Oklahoma State Department of Health 

S. Marisa New, OTR, MPH graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy in 1988. In 1998, she graduated with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Administration and Policy. Since completing her graduate degree, Marisa has worked in two capacities for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. As manager of the Health Equity & Resource Opportunities Division, She works with partners that extend beyond the health care industry representing such sectors as food security, housing, transportation, public safety, education and business. One of her primary roles is to provide technical assistance to the statewide coalition, the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign. She also serves as a state lead for the Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Program which is funded by a Administration for Community Living Grant. Since 2008, Marisa has collaborated with Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services Aging Division to build the infrastructure and expand the reach of the CDSM Education Programs. Marisa has been trained at Stanford University as a master trainer and manages over 20 lay leaders statewide who are both health department employees and community partners. She is an active member and serves of the Boards of thethe following groups, the Oklahoma Alliance for Public Transportation, ACOG Transportation Advisory Council, 2-1-1 Board, Living Choice Advisory Council and the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. She also serves as the Oklahoma’s Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association Governing Council and is an appointed member of the Regional (VI) Health Equity Council. Prior to her current position, Marisa coordinated the CDC funded Arthritis Prevention and Education Program from its inception (2000) to its end in 2008. Marisa has been active in advocating for people with disabilities throughout her career and has served on the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns, the ABLE Tech Consumer Advisory Council, Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association and the Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council. She has also served as President for Progressive Independence, a Center for Independent Living. She utilizes her occupational therapy knowledge and experiences to enhance her public health expertise.