Improving Oklahomans’ Lives through Research, Planning and Action
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 sponsor and support multiple results-based initiatives, all focused on identifying community needs, analyzing data and formulating steps for improvement and future success.
CSC’s BRRX4VETS initiative is a rapid rehousing program serving Northeastern Oklahoma that provides temporary intervention and short-term assistance to very low-income veteran families who are homeless or facing eviction.
The 2016 Point-in-Time Survey showed 108 homeless veterans living in Tulsa, down from 173 in 2012.
2,283 Veteran households served through BRRX4VETS since 2011
$450,000 Total temporary financial assistance provided to program participants in 2016
540 Total veteran households served in 2016
304 Total veterans housed in 2016
The new CSC Data Center, fully launching in 2017, is a premier, comprehensive source for data on population trends, socioeconomic conditions, health and well-being, and other important community indicators that shine a critical light on the challenges and opportunities currently facing Oklahomans.
CSC is home to the Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma which helps data users across the state access, analyze and interpret census data by publishing a multitude of population and socioeconomic data trend reports and by providing various data training opportunities.
On Feb. 9, 2017, CSC’s 2-1-1 Oklahoma held its annual fundraiser – 2-1-1 Day of Dining. The helpline leveraged the event to promote two of its newest features – texting and online search. The event was sponsored by McNellie’s Group, which generously donated a large portion of proceeds from restaurant sales that day toward the helpline, which serves nearly 300,000 Oklahomans annually. This year’s fundraiser was a critical support for 2-1-1 Oklahoma, which lost nearly 40% of its funding last year due to state budget cuts.
2-1-1 Oklahoma management believes the newly developed mobile and online technology features will help ensure the agency can continue to effectively serve Oklahomans in need, in spite of reduced funding.
On Jan. 31, CSC’s Family Health Coalition in partnership with Take Control Initiative hosted an introductory 101 course training on long-acting reversible contraceptive (L.A.R.C.) methods. The event was held at Tulsa’s Indian Health Care Resource Center, and drew in more than 60 healthcare and social work professionals who earned continuing education credits through the course’s curriculum.
This training is one of many the Family Health Coalitionoffers as a part of its commitment to optimizing the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families through broad-based community engagement and advocacy within a local system of health education, prevention services and community support to eliminate health disparities.
In January, Community Service Council was one of 20 organizations across the state to receive a grant through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) 2017 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) initiative. Grants were awarded to organizations sharing BCBSOK’s vision of improving the health and wellness of Oklahoma children and their families.
For CSC, the grant awarded will go toward the Healthy Women, Healthy Futures – Oklahoma project to improve the health of underserved non-pregnant women of childbearing years in Tulsa County, and to help with the expansion of a peer training model.
On Jan. 27, CSC’s Tulsa COURTS Program held a memorable graduation for 75 program participants. This is the largest graduating class the COURTS program has seen since its inception in 2001. The COURTS program consists of four dockets – Drug, DUI, Mental Health and Veterans – that offer offenders a judicially supervised, coordinated systems approach as an alternative to incarceration.
Court-supervised treatment in selected non-violent felony offenses can result in addressing addictions and improving lives, preventing repeat offenses, and saving public funds that would have gone to the prison system.
The 75 individuals who graduated 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 had opportunities to further their education, return to the workforce, or advance their career during their time in CSC’s COURTS program.
COURTS Program Manager Tammy Westcott (left) with former CSC Executive Director Phil Dessauer and Judge Rebecca Nightingale at the graduation on Jan. 27
On Jan. 23-24, 2017, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force and the Tulsa Child Trafficking Task Force, together with CSC and a host of other participating agencies, presented a multidisciplinary training on human trafficking in Oklahoma entitled Oklahoma United: Bringing Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows.
The event brought in more than 400 people from across the state concerned about this issue, including attorneys, nurses, crisis interventionsists, and many other professionals seeking to put an end to the human trafficking industry. The event was held at the OU Schusterman Center in Tulsa.
CSC staff and partner agencies will continue to work closely with the task forces to increase awareness of this significant issue in Oklahoma.
On Jan. 19, community leaders across Tulsa convened to begin a conversation around systemic racism and the effects of its existence in Tulsa today. The event, titled A Listening Conference on Systemic Racism, took place at the historic Greenwood Cultural Center and featured a panel of 18 of Tulsa’s key community leaders presenting various ways their organizations combat and reduce systemic racism.
Nearly 200 community advocates and members attended the event to listen and then discuss strategies Tulsa can implement to diminish the lingering, and sometimes hidden, effects of systemic racism.
CSC initiated and coordinated the event, in hopes of developing a new network of advocates committed to addressing and combating the effects of systemic racism in Tulsa. Hannibal B. Johnson, Esq., Tulsa-based attorney, author and consultant specializing in diversity and cultural competency, facilitated the event.
The event concluded with a call to the community by Kevin Burr, CEO of CSC, to continue the conversation and stay united in the effort to eliminate disparities and increase opportunities for all people in the Tulsa area. Read Tulsa WorldColumnist Ginnie Graham’s coverage of the event >
Panelists discuss how their agencies combat systemic racism.
Attendees strategize next steps in confronting systemic racism.
On Jan. 18, more than 300 social work, mental health, education and healthcare professionals filled the OU-Tulsa Perkins Auditorium for a free ethics training for people who support and work with transgender youth. Expert speakers included Taylor Burns, LCSW, Laura Arrowsmith, MD, and Alyssa Bryant. Event attendees received ethics CEUs for Nursing, Social Work and LPC.
The training was a collaborative effort between CSC’s Family Health Coalition and the OU SoonerHAN.
300+ people attended CSC’s Working for Transgendered Persons Training
The Community Service Council and The University of Tulsa Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences will host a special presentation on the Section 1332 Waiver Task Force Update on February 17, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences (1215 S. Boulder, Room 204.)
Buffy Heater, MPH, Chief Strategy Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) and Strategy Officer to the Oklahoma Health and Human Services (HHS) Cabinet and the Section 1332 Waiver Task Force, will present the update on Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver to pursue innovative strategies for providing their residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA.
Registration is now closed as available space for this presentation is filled.
Registration is now open! CSC’s Child Care Resource Center presents the 5th biennial International Infant & Toddler Conference, taking place April 5 – 8, 2017 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year’s theme is A World of Possibilities: It All Starts Here. Be sure to check out the two pre-conference options. Participants may register for pre-conference only, the conference or both.
Due to an overwhelming response to be able to purchase Top of the Town tickets for holiday gifts, CSC opened ticket sales on 12/16/16 rather than waiting until January. Thank you to the 100 people who purchased a ticket at the pre-sale rate. We sold out within 2 days of opening up the sale.
Ticket prices: $75 each
VIP tickets: $150 each
The VIP venue will be open at 5:30. We are pleased to announce that the 36th Floor Balcony of the Mid-Continent building will again be a VIP venue.