Did You Know?

One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives. Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal car crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.

Community Health

THD’s far-reaching community health programs focus on prevention and education to promote healthy lifestyle choices. We also seek to remove the barriers to care for the uninsured and underserved who are vulnerable in our community–because a safer, healthier community means a brighter future for all of us.

Community Health

MCH Initiative

The Maternal Child Health Initiative raises public awareness and works with communities to identify maternal and child health issues, needs and barriers.

These issues and needs are addressed by developing and implementing interventions and prevention strategies identified through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data collected from internal and external resources that target MCH populations.

Outreach services are used to identify health problems for high-risk clients, provide public health information, and referral of services. For more information, please contact the Maternal Child Health Outreach Manager Kathy Kleine, at 918-594-4766.

Turning Point Program

Oklahoma Turning Point is an Oklahoma State Health Department initiative to transform and strengthen the public health system in Oklahoma by making it more community-based and collaborative. Turning Point was founded on the idea that diverse groups working together can better identify and influence the determinants of health. Turning Point starts at the local level, building broad community support and participation in public health priority setting and action, engaging and linking affected people at the local level.

Oklahoma Turning Point in Tulsa County

Turning Point has a long history in Tulsa County. Various community partners and organizations have partnered with Turning Point since 1998. Today, the Family Health Coalition, a sponsored group of the Community Service Council, is the official Turning Point coalition in Tulsa County. For more information, please contact the Regional Turning Point Consultant for Tulsa County, Fauzia Khan, at fauziak@health.ok.gov

Nutrition & Fitness

Community of Excellence in Nutrition and Fitness Program Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) “We are dedicated to changing policies and environments in Tulsa County to make healthy nutrition and fitness the easy choice in schools, workplaces, and communities.”

The Tulsa Health Department and its community partners are prepared to address health issues, such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, which have negative impacts on the individuals, families and businesses in our community, with a new initiative that uses a unique approach. The Tulsa County Wellness Partnership, a committee of the Family Health Coalition, works with schools, communities, workplaces and businesses to implement effective policies and programs that promote opportunities for healthy eating and active living.

A Community of Excellence in Nutrition and Fitness is a community that makes the choice to eat healthy and engage in physical activity the easiest choice to make. A community that is excellent in healthy eating and active living opportunities is one in which the environments and social norms consistently point to healthy lifestyles throughout the community. As new people or businesses move into our community, they will inherit and adopt the established norms about healthy eating and physical activity.

The Community of Excellence approach promotes:

  • Social Norm Change 
  • Community Education and Outreach 
  • Grassroots and Media Advocacy 
  • Improvements to the Built Environment 
  • Adoption of public health policies and system changes that promote healthy eating and active living

The program is funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. For more information contact, Daphne Gaulden at 918.595.4039

Tobacco Program

Tobacco Control and Prevention

Community of Excellence – Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program A "Community of Excellence" in tobacco control is one in which social norms consistently point to no tobacco use throughout the community. Public places and workplaces are smoke-free; community organizations and events reject tobacco industry sponsorship; schools implement strong anti-tobacco curriculum and adopt 24/7 tobacco-free campus policies; health care providers routinely refer tobacco-users to accessible, culturally appropriate cessation services; the local media report accurately on tobacco-related issues; employers adopt tobacco free campus policies and run tobacco prevention messages in their employee newsletters; tobacco industry promotions and activities are monitored and countered; and the police coordinate with the local health department to enforce a tobacco retail licensing ordinance. This list is potentially endless, limited only by the imagination, enthusiasm, and determination of a local coalition.

The local coalition is the Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County. The coalition is made up of several organizations and individuals whose mission is to empower and educate citizens and support policy change to ensure tobacco-free environments. The coalition’s vision is to live in a tobacco-free community free from the health and economic consequences of tobacco use.

The coalition’s 4 Priority Areas are:

  • Priority Area 1: Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Exposure 
  • Priority Area 2: Prevent Youth Initiation 
  • Priority Area 3: Promote Tobacco Cessation Services 
  • Priority Area 4: Reduce Tobacco Industry Influences

For more information on how you can become involved in the Tobacco Free Coalition for Tulsa County, contact Vanessa Hall-Harper, vhharper@tulsa-health.org, or 918-595-4226.

Tulsa’s Fetal and Infant Mortality Program

Tulsa Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (TFIMR)

Working to Reduce Infant Mortality

The TFIMR program studies fetal and infant deaths in our community in order to identify trends and implement preventive measures to reduce the infant mortality rate.

A TFIMR Case Review Team examines local cases of fetal or infant death by reviewing information collected from physician and hospital records, parent interviews, relevant documents, etc. The team also identifies barriers to care and trends in service delivery, and suggests ideas to improve policies and systems that affect families.

A TFIMR Community Action Team then puts these recommendations into action appropriate for our community and participates in implementing interventions designed to address the identified problems.

TFIMR Community Specialists are available to schedule a private interview with families that have lost a child. The interview may take place in your home or in a place of your choice, at a convenient time for you. Questions about your pregnancy, delivery and experience surrounding the loss of your child will be asked. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. Your privacy is important to us. We will share the information you give us to help improve the healthcare system, but no names will be identified during the process. Call our Community Specialist if you have questions about the home interview process at 918-595-4474 or 918-595-4463.

The TFIMR program is a collaborative effort of the Tulsa Health Department, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative, and the Family Health Coalition. For more information, please contact division manager of Health Data and Evaluation, Kelly VanBuskirk, at 918-595-4448.


Oklahoma's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. The average rate from 2007-2009 in Oklahoma was 8.0 vs. US 6.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.Tulsa County’s infant mortality average rate for this same time period is 8.1 per 1,000 live births.

The following presentations provide some statistical information about TFIMR.

Maternal Infections TFIMR 2004-2007
Sleep Related Infant Deaths in Tulsa County, 2004-2009

Related Resources
National Fetal Infant Mortality Review: http://www.nfimr.org/
Preparing for a Lifetime: www.iio.health.ok.gov/
Follow TFIMR on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TFIMR

a. Safe Sleep Environment
Providing a safe sleep environment is an important step you can take to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), suffocation, and accidental death.

You can develop a safe sleep plan by utilizing the following tips:
National Institutes of Health - Safe Sleep Top 10
1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest, and every sleep time counts.
2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins, and other soft surfaces.
3. Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area. Don't use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, and pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby's sleep area, and keep any other items away from your baby's face.
4. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Don't smoke before or after the birth of your baby, and don't let others smoke around your baby.
5. Keep your baby's sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep. Your baby should not sleep in a bed or on a couch or armchair with adults or other children, but he or she can sleep in the same room as you. If you bring your baby to bed with you to breastfeed, put him or her back in a separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or a bedside cosleeper (infant bed that attaches to an adult bed) when finished.
6. Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep, but don't force the baby to take it. (If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your baby is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier).
7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
8. Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS because most have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.
9. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you have questions about using monitors for other conditions talk to your health care provider.
10. Reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on your baby's head: provide "Tummy Time" when your baby is awake and someone is watching; change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next; and avoid too much time in car seats, carriers, and bouncers.

If you need assistance in obtaining a crib for your baby, please contact: First Candle http://www.firstcandle.org Emergency Infant Services http://www.emergencyinfantservices.org

Pathways To Health

We’re blazing a new trail toward greater collaboration with a new community resource: Pathways to Health. Member agencies, institutions, businesses, foundations and other community-health stakeholders can access powerful data and use it to share ideas and complement each other’s strengths.



We help families in need get connected to preventative services like family planning, prenatal care and child health care. Our outreach workers focus on families with young children who are not using or under-using preventative health care.


School Health

It’s All About Kids is a coordinated school health program for school-aged children that encourages kids to make healthy choices and habits for a brighter future. Our health educators focus on reducing childhood obesity, improving healthy lifestyles, and building decision making skills.


Workplace Wellness

Working for Balance helps employees feel good about healthy choices – while employers feel good about healthier employees. We offer support to companies in the initial development and implementation of a worksite wellness program.


Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Being consistently healthy in your eating choices is the key because making the same healthy eating choices over time can lead to better eating habits. Here you will find the inspiration and information you need to help make healthy eating a way of life.


Tulsa's Fetal & Infant Mortality

Oklahoma's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. This program studies fetal and infant deaths in our community in order to identify trends and implement preventive measures to reduce the infant mortality rate.


Healthy Living Program

A Community of Excellence in nutrition and fitness is a community that makes the choice to eat healthy and engage in physical activity the easiest choice to make. We are dedicated to changing policies and environments in Tulsa County to promote healthy eating and active living in schools, workplaces, and communities.