House of Representatives

Talley Named NCSL Maternal and Child Health Fellow

11/12/2021 12:50:00 PM

Contact: Rep. John Talley
Phone: (405) 557-7304

Rep. John Talley, R-Stillwater, has been named a 2022 Maternal and Child Health Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. The fellowship is designed to support legislators who are experienced or emerging leaders in maternal and child health.

"Maternal and child health is incredibly important because strong, healthy children are much more likely to become healthy, successful adults," Talley said. "Oklahoma has the highest scores of adverse childhood experiences in the nation, and I've been working with colleagues to pursue legislation to address this. I look forward to the knowledge I will gain from other fellows in the program that will help me craft legislation geared toward helping Oklahoma's children and families."

Talley was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2018 and is the vice chair of the House Children, Youth and Family Services Committee. For more than 45 years, he has served youth and families across the state as a youth minister and as director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in North Central Oklahoma. Talley's work with the Payne County Health Department to teach students self-respect and good decision making led to a documented reduction of teen pregnancies in Payne County and his work was recognized with a commendation from President Ronald Reagan.

Fellows will participate in two meetings and two webinars in 2022. The first will be held in Phoenix in January 2022 and will feature a robust agenda of experts as well as time for networking and developing individual action plans.