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

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

Know Your Numbers

Working for Balance
Brand images. Mission statements. Value propositions. Core Values.
Today’s companies are experts at communicating their unique selling points to customers and promoting their vision among employees. Our corporate cultures are described with words like “tradition,” “excellence” and “service.” Yet too often, something is missing – an opportunity to enrich our corporate culture with a common goal of greater health and wellbeing. Indeed, the same group dynamic that makes us work together toward quality craftsmanship or responsive service, can inspire us to live better through healthy choices.
That’s where Working for Balance can help. Working for Balance helps employees feel good about healthy choices – while employers feel good about healthier employees.
Working For Balance: Program Overview.
Working for Balance offers support in the initial development and implementation of a Worksite Wellness. This program is designed to contain corporate health-related costs by helping companies promote positive changes in personal health practices among employees. This program provides the resources, education and technology to easily implement and manage a customized wellness initiative resulting in measurable outcomes.
Answering the Need for Healthier Employees.
Oklahoma ranks 49th in the 2011 Commonwealth Fund national survey for health. It’s a distinction that’s costly to our people, our economy and our employers. Direct costs to employers include health care expenses and insurance premiums. Indirect costs include reduced productivity and morale, along with higher rates of absenteeism, turnover, injury and disability.
Customized To Meet Your Group’s Needs.
Because every company and work environment is unique, Working for Balance allows you to customize your wellness plan around your needs. Your Working for Balance Wellness Coordinator will work with your company to determine a plan for you through our Worksite Wellness Assessment. The Assessment will guide companies to wellness initiatives that are most suitable for the employees' needs.
What You Can Expect.
The ultimate goal of the Working for Balance program is the containment of health-related costs through healthier choices and decreased chronic disease. Your Worksite Wellness Assessment is designed to identify your company’s health-related costs, culture or wellness, and employee needs and interests. This information will be used to customize programs and services to your company’s needs. In addition, the program is designed to produce measurable results in the following areas.
• Increase in work productivity
• Fewer missed work days
• Decrease in tobacco use
• Decrease in obesity rates
• Decrease in rates of hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Decrease risks for developing diabetes
• Increase in physical activity and awareness of lifestyle choices
• Overall decrease in chronic disease morbidity (cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes)
Easy to Implement, Manage and Evaluate.
The Working for Balance program is designed for streamlined implementation and easy, on-going support. Your dedicated Wellness Coordinator will conduct surveys and coordinate analyses, as well as provide all necessary materials, including user-friendly online resources. The entire process is designed to offer one-on-one and technical support to your company.
Take the First Step.
Imagine containing your company’s expenses while actually giving your employees greater benefits. Working for Balance makes it possible. Learn more about what this rewarding, easy-to-use wellness program can do for you by scheduling your Worksite Wellness Assessment today. It’s the smart business decision for healthier employees and profits.
Contact Jill Almond, Tulsa Health Department Wellness Coodinator, at (918) 595-4459 or jalmond@tulsa-health.org for program details.
To Download program information, click here.

Know Your Numbers
This grant-funded program, which is part of the Tulsa Healthy Pathways Project, will offer free health screenings and referrals for individuals in specific areas of Tulsa County for up to three years.
• Improve health outcomes among racial and ethnic minorities with the development of policies and programs that reduce health disparities and gaps in care
• Recruit community collaborations and locations in the following ten Tulsa zip codes: 74106, 74126, 74127, 74103, 74107, 74104, 74110, 74115, 74116, and 74108.
• Increase access to and utilization of preventive care, medical treatment, and supportive services.
• Provide free screenings which include the following tests:
Full Lipid Panel (Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides)
Hemoglobin (Anemia)
A1c (Glucose)
Blood pressure
Waist : Hip Ratio
• Conduct private consultations with each individual to interpret the results and further coaching, if necessary.
• No appointment is needed. Screenings are provided on a first come, first serve basis.
Schedule for 2013: (will be inserted here & updated frequently)
Contact information: Rosaline Cupples, RD 918.595.4088 rcupples@tulsa-health.org

Pathways to Health Program

Pathways to Health
Everywhere you turn, the Tulsa community is full of smart ideas, exciting initiatives, and caring people working for a healthier community. But with so many different groups, focuses and locations, it’s sometimes hard to see the big picture. We don’t always know what others are doing – or needing – to make the biggest impact. THD is blazing a new trail toward greater collaboration and outcomes with a new community resource: Pathways to Health.
Pathways to Health is an engaging round table of health initiatives for our community. It brings together member agencies, institutions, businesses, foundations and other community-health stakeholders to share ideas, increase synergies, and complement each other’s strengths.
We’ve conducted and gathered extensive grass-roots level research on our community’s unique health concerns and needs. From healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition to crime prevention and public safety, we put powerful data in your hands. It’s a valuable advantage for better grant writing, decision making and resource allocation.
For more information or to be a part of P2H, e-mail Lynnsey Childress at info@pathwaystohealthtulsa.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.


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.