For 75 years, we have provided leadership for community planning and mobilization of resources using a collective impact model to meet health and human service needs.
We convene the community around key trends and issues affecting Oklahomans, promoting data-informed decisions to effectively invest in all people across the lifespan.
We support multiple results-based initiatives, all focused on identifying community needs, analyzing data and formulating steps for improvement and future success.
2-1-1 OKLAHOMA is a statewide program of the Community Service Council in Tulsa and HeartLine in Oklahoma City that offers free assistance to connect people in need to help. 2-1-1 OKLAHOMA is available 24/7 in multiple languages by TALK, TEXT, OR ONLINE.
In 2016, 2-1-1 Oklahoma responded to requests for help from all 77 counties in Oklahoma, totaling 291,515 families served across the state.
The CSC Data Center, fully launching in 2017, is a comprehensive source for data on population trends, socioeconomic conditions and other important community indicators that shine a critical light on the challenges and opportunities facing Oklahomans.
CSC’s Tulsa Healthy Start team was selected by the National Healthy Start Association to coordinate this year’s Healthy Start conference, held in Washington, D.C. on Apr. 1 – 5, 2017. The theme was Championing Equity in Our Communities…25 Years and Counting. In addition to coordinating the event, CSC staff also attended the event, which brought in nearly 500 participants across 101 Healthy Start projects nationwide.
After the event, CSC staff members visited Capitol Hill to advocate for Healthy Start’s critical work in supporting expectant parents and giving infants a healthy start to life.
CSC’s Tulsa Healthy Start and Family Health Coalition staff members represent CSC on Capitol Hill, advocating for maternal, child and family health. The day included a surprise encounter with Senator Elizabeth Warren.
CSC’s Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) hosted the 5th biennial International Infant & Toddler Conference on April 5 – 8, 2017 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. The event is held as a premier professional development opportunity for child care providers and state agencies. CCRC staff coordinated and planned the event, that successfully drew more than 325 child care professionals from across the world.
More than 15 states and six countries were represented this year. The event highlighted expert leaders in the field of Early Learning, including key note speakers Robin and Toni Christie (New Zealand), Elsa Chahin (Mexico), and Paulina Zawadzka (Poland), and several more.
CSC’s Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma and the Department of Veterans Affairs National Chaplain Center and Office of Rural Health led a one-day training on issues facing returning veterans and their families following deployment.
The workshop, “Healing the Invisible Wounds of War” was held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at OSU-Tulsa. It explored aspects of military culture and the style of response necessary to build a collaborative, integrated healing community. The invitation-only event was designed for clergy and others actively concerned about Tulsa’s veteran population.
“Tulsa and the Muskogee area are gaining momentum on understanding more about transition issues for our veterans. Coming back is not necessarily coming home,” said Erv Janssen, M.D., CSC board member.
Training topics included post-deployment readjustment challenges; the psychological, physical, behavioral, and spiritual effects of war trauma on survivors and the important role of the community in helping to reduce mental health stigma.
Additionally, the workshop helped participants learn to recognize the differences between military and civilian culture, provide guidance for pastoral and supportive community care to veterans and their families, and recognize signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and moral-spirit injury (broadly defined as the response to a sense of violating their own moral values).
Attendees also learned about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and community mental health services available as well as how to connect with local community and VA services (in Tulsa and Muskogee) to request information or assistance.
“We anticipate other workshops will be created out of the needs expressed during this first experience,” Janssen said.
On Apr. 6, CSC’s BRRX4VETS Program hosted a free dental clinic for veterans from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. The event was sponsored and facilitated by the Aspen Dental Healthy Mouth Movement, which sends out their Aspen Dental MouthMobile, a “fully equipped dental office on wheels,” to partner with local non-profit organizations across the nation to provide free dental services to thousands of patients each year.
CSC’s BRRX4VETS saw this opportunity to offer a much needed service to Tulsa’s veteran community, and provided the outreach for the clinic, filling 30 slots in less than 48 hours.
Aspen Dental MobileMouth and CSC’s BRRX4VETS set up at Gurthrie Green to provide free dental services to Tulsa’s veterans
CSC’s Drug/DUI Court Program Director Tammy Westcott traveled to Florida in March to provide consultation and training on establishing Drug Court treatment programs as an alternative to incarceration.
Furthermore, Westcott has been invited again to speak at the NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Programs) Annual Training Conference which draws approximately 6,000 attendees. Westcott will co-present The PD & The Prosecutor: Lessons Learned From Both Sides of the Battle with a public defender from California.
CSC’s Family Health Coalition was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the March of Dimes to support and expand educational opportunities for membership. Additionally, CSC staff members Laura Ross-White and Kendal McKitrick will hold leadership positions for March of Dimes at the State Level.
CSC’s Tulsa Reentry One-Stop hosted an appreciation dinner on March 6 at Post Oak Lodge & Retreat to honor the dedication of their volunteers who embody the mission of the organization: working to help men and women returning home from prison.
Volunteer mentors serve in a variety of ways, including instructing life skills classes, facilitating group sessions, and one-on-one mentoring. Most importantly, each volunteer mentor at Tulsa Reentry One-Stop serves as an advocate, positive role model, and source of encouragement to their mentee.
For many, the journey from incarceration to reintegration is a difficult one. While many factors contribute to an individual’s success upon returning home from prison, perhaps the most vital is the existence of a healthy and positive support system.
CSC COURTS Program Graduation
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10 am
On Friday, Apr. 28, dozens of individuals formerly facing prison time will graduate from the Community Service Council’s COURTS Program as an alternative to incarceration. The graduation will take place at OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, 700 N. Greenwood Avenue. The COURTS Program consists of four dockets – Drug, DUI, Mental Health and Veterans – that offer offenders a judicially supervised, coordinated systems approach.
The COURTS Program uses court-supervised treatment in selected non-violent felony offenses as a means to address addictions and improve lives, prevent repeat offenses, and save public funds that would have gone to the prison system.
The individuals who will graduate this month have completed a minimum of 18 months supervised treatment, including required regular court appearances, treatment appointments, supervision visits and random drug testing.
Graduates also received opportunities to further their education, return to the workforce, or advance their career during their time in the program.
Last quarter’s COURTS graduation held on Jan. 27 saw the largest graduating class the program has seen since its inception in 2001. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about CSC’s COURTS Program >
Period of Purple Crying Training
April 28, 10 am – noon
CSC, 1604 S. Baltimore Ave., Tulsa
April is the Period of Purple Crying Month. CSC’s Family Health Coalition presents this training to promote awareness and education for new parents on the Period of PURPLE Crying.
May 1: National Fatherhood Practitioner Certificate Training
May 2 & 3: Full Fatherhood Conference
A 3-day regional fatherhood conference for professionals highlighting the importance of fathers within families and communities.
The Building Foundations Conference aims to provide training, support, & awareness to professionals & policy makers by creating a safe forum to address the complex barriers impacting father involvement.
Making Vouchers Work For You
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 8:30 am – 12:05 pm
Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors
11505 E. 43rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
On Wed., May 10, CSC’s Abode Initiative and BRRX4Vets in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host a free half-day information session titled Making Vouchers Work for You designed to inform property managers on the benefits of accepting vouchers.