The Duncan Banner


August 19, 2013

Askins still has a message



It is a creed and a discipline she has embraced her entire life, seeking leadership roles in high school, her college sorority, as an attorney, a judge and a community volunteer.
“I am, you remember, Jarita’s daughter” she smiled, acknowledging the role model her late mother provided, the skills she shared, the lessons she taught, the direct and occasionally blunt approach she took, the contributions she made and the closeness they shared.
“What I miss most,” Askins said of her government work “is the direct opportunity to impact lives.”
Her job at the OU Health Sciences Center fills that void nicely and may even allow it to expand.
She works in the same Oklahoma City Interstate 40-Lincoln Boulevard corridor that has been her professional home for nearly two decades. She has seen it explode not only in size but mission and she believes the bio-medical field will only expand in its importance to the state. Being a part of that, she said, is exciting.
As a child, she wanted to be a “children’s” doctor. She pursued journalism and law instead, but has been a strong and vocal health care advocate seemingly forever.
“You don’t have to be a doctor to help people,” she explained. “I am around people every day who help people, who make a difference, who do remarkable things.”
On occasion, a friend, former colleague or constituent will call, seeking her advice, her contacts or her resources in dealing with a problem or obtaining a second opinion, letting her feel the pleasure of again serving.
Her focus, though, is communicating outwardly the message of what happens within the health center, of sharing its unlimited potential, of personifying the massive return on its investments and research and of stopping the state’s brain drain by keeping sharp students at home.

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