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Oklahoma’s social statistics are somewhat bleak, given the state’s high rates of intimate partner violence, child neglect and abuse, teen pregnancy, high school dropout, and low rates of post-secondary education.
However, in the rural town of Warner, positive change is sweepin’ down the plains thanks to the efforts of Tiffany Perryman BSN, RN!
Perryman has served as a public health registered nurse for nine years. She provides family planning services to women in her largely indigenous and Hispanic community, which also includes a large number of Medicaid recipients.
By making crucial services available, including contraceptive and well woman care, sexually transmitted infection screening, WIC, immunization, and communicable disease case management, Perryman empowers underserved women by allowing them to exercise autonomy regarding their reproductive and sexual health.
Perryman is motivated by research that shows that women who graduate high school and avoid teen pregnancy are more likely to attend college and less likely to suffer intimate partner violence and depend on public assistance. In turn, the children of these women are less like to suffer from child abuse, and they are less likely to become teen parents themselves.
“We know increasing education levels leads to better health outcomes,” said Perryman. “If only one woman picks up the tools that we have empowered her with, it’s worth doing every day, in the hopes that another woman’s life and generations to come can be changed!”
Perryman is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at FNU. A member of FNU Class 204, she is set to graduate in 2024.
While Perryman was initially drawn ro FNU because of its history in serving rural and underserved communities, as a student, she particularly values FNU’s Culture of Caring.
“The FNU faculty and support staff truly care about their students,” said Perryman. “Being a student comes with the most genuine feeling of belonging, it really does feel like a family and community.”
In her personal time, Perryman enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, reading, and hiking with her three dogs.
Thank you, Tiffany, for choosing FNU in your healthcare journey and for providing quality care to underserved populations in your community!
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