“It really excites me, because I want to go back and practice in a rural area. Having these residencies in those rural areas allows us to actually go out and be in the community. You kind of become a part of that community, and that’s important in getting us to stay there.”

– Jesse Arthur, a third-year medical student at Oklahoma State from Pauls Valley, speaking about a TSET grant to OSU to establish a medical residency program in rural parts of the state (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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