2013 Tulsa County Community Health Improvement Plan
2013 Tulsa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
The 2013 Tulsa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a comprehensive plan produced by Pathways to Health that sets goals to improve the health of Tulsa County residents. The Tulsa County CHIP was developed through 18 months of research, including a phone survey that asked thousands of Tulsans what health issues mattered most to them.
The plan establishes measureable goals and objectives for six priority areas identified by community residents – poor diet and inactivity, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, chronic disease, access to healthcare, and tobacco use – and includes strategies to achieve these goals. The plan takes into account the unique social and economic demographics of Tulsa County. Additionally, the Tulsa County CHIP will be updated every three years to reflect the progress and improvements made within each objective. Progress reports will be released every July.
Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP)
In 2008, the Oklahoma legislature passed a resolution (SJR-41) which required the State Board of Health to develop a state health improvement plan for the improvement of the physical, social and mental well-being of everyone in Oklahoma through a high functioning public health system. The OHIP was developed by a team of health leaders, businesses, tribes, non-profits, private citizens, legislators, academia, state and local governments, and professional organizations. Flagship areas (tobacco prevention, obesity reduction, and children’s health) were identified based on assessments and key health indicators. The OHIP was released in 2010.
Tulsa County’s CHIP shares similar goals and objectives with the OHIP, for example:
- “Tobacco Prevention: goals are to prevent initiation of tobacco use and young adults; increase the percentage of Oklahoman’s who successfully quit smoking; protect all Oklahoman’s from second-hand smoke; and fully implement recommendations from the state plan.” — OHIP
These goals are supported by the goals and objectives outlined in Tulsa County’s CHIP. Priority 6: Tobacco has goals and objectives for our county related to reducing tobacco use.
- “Obesity Reduction: goals are to implement strategies and public policies in the Get Fit Eat Smart OK Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan; implement evidence based programs that address obesity issues; integrate and coordinate nutrition and obesity programs across the state; propose public policy changes needed to improve OK’s health and fitness.” — OHIP
Tulsa County’s CHIP aligns with these goals and the strategic priorities identified help to further the state’s mission, while also serving Tulsa County residents. Priority 2: Obesity denotes the goals and objectives community partners are working towards achieving to reduce obesity.
- “Children’s Health: goals are broad, and represent multiple stages of development. Our CHIP best aligns with the overarching goal of improving the following areas of concern: access to care, primary health care, dental health, mental health, self-esteem improvement, and developing the infrastructure and policies to support such improvements. ” — OHIP
Addressing health inequities and providing education and services for youth and their families are also high priorities for both the state and Tulsa County. The Tulsa County CHIP goals and objectives to improve health for the youth of Tulsa County can be found in Priority 1: Poor Diet & Inactivity; Priority 2: Obesity; Priority 3: Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Priority 5: Access to Health Care; and Priority 6: Tobacco.
Tulsa County community partners can contribute to state wide health improvement by aligning local goals with state goals to make progress toward improving the health of all Oklahomans.
Pathways to Health Community Partners:
- Accessible Transportation Coalition of Tulsa
- Alzheimer's Association
- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Broken Arrow Public Schools
- Camp Fire Green Country
- City of Owasso
- City of Tulsa
- Community Action Project
- Community Service Council
- Degrees of Geriatrics Consortium
- George Kaiser Family Foundation
- Hillcrest Health System
- INCOG Area Agency on Aging
- Indian Health Care Resource Center
- Jenks Public School District
- LIFE Senior Services
- Mental Health Association in Tulsa
- Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League
- Morton Comprehensive Health Services
- MyHealth Access Network
- Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative
- Oklahoma Turning Point Council
- Operation Aware of Oklahoma
- OU Physicians
- Saint Francis Health System
- Saint Francis Health Zone
- Southwood Landscape & Nursery
- St. John Health System
- Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency
- Tulsa Health Department
- Tulsa Area Community School's Initiative
- Tulsa Area Wellness Forum
- Tulsa City-County Library
- Tulsa County Commissioner's Office
- Tulsa County OSU Extension Services
- Tulsa County Wellness Partnership
- Tulsa Food Security Council
- Tulsa Public Schools
- YMCA of Greater Tulsa