NORMAN — Longtime Norman physician Dr. James B. Silman, Medical Director for Cleveland and McClain County Health Departments, was honored earlier this month by the Oklahoma Public Health Association.
He received the OPHA Contribution to the Field of Public Health Award.
Silman has served Norman for over 50 years in the field of public health. He has served as the Medical Director for the Cleveland and McClain county Health Departments since 1962 and was instrumental in developing the Child Guidance Program with the University of Oklahoma and the Department of Mental Health.
Silman has made healthy promotion his life’s work, with an emphasis on promoting healthy behaviors, including tobacco control, physical activity and healthy eating habits programs. He was instrumental in the development of the Healthy Youth Program that partners with elementary schools in Norman to perform free health screening for students ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Silman has been a longtime advocate for tobacco control programs teaching smoking cessation classes at Norman Regional Health System and the Cleveland County Health Department and smoking prevention classes for elementary schools.
Silman has devoted the majority of his health promotion efforts towards underserved populations such as the Absentee Shawnee clients, Griffin Memorial Hospital and the Cleveland and McClain County Health Department clients. Throughout his lengthy career, Dr. Silman has continued to demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity to develop health promotion programs that encourage healthy behaviors and make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Health Department officials said Silman is a champion for public health who has demonstrated the use of creative strategies and innovative approaches with positive measurable results in the field of public health.
He graduated from the College of Medicine at Baylor University in 1951. He served as an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps, followed by private practice in both Texas and Oklahoma .