Upcoming event: Policy & Practice lecture discusses domestic violence on October 29

jaqueline Steyn picOn October 29, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Jacqueline Steyn, Chief Programs and Compliance Officer of YWCA Oklahoma City, to deliver “Domestic Violence: The Hidden Epidemic” as part of its Practice and Policy Lecture Series. Ms. Steyn has served at her current position with the YWCA for ten years, aiding victims and families affected by domestic violence.

 Ms. Steyn has practiced as a mental health professional for over 25 years. She serves on a variety of statewide committees dedicated to reducing domestic violence and trauma in Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. In 2012, Ms. Steyn was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for her work. She has also received the Interagency Task Force Award for Child Abuse Prevention and the Liberty Bell Award from the Oklahoma County Bar Association.

The lecture will be from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, Ok 73105) and is free and open to the public. Attendees can pre-register here. For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup here. Attendees will receive 10% off purchases at the Winnie Mae Cafe; OKDHS requests that attendees arrive early or call in orders ahead of time (405 522-2321) if they plan to purchase lunch. 


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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