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 Thursday, January 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 the Tulsa Worldarticle >
Panelists discuss how their agencies combat systemic racism.
Attendees strategize next steps in confronting systemic racism.
On Wednesday, January 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
CSC’s Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) helps those who served our nation and who have been charged with a criminal offense and also struggle with drug and/or alcohol addictions, and/or mental health problems. VTC is modeled after specialty drug courts proven to be effective in handling criminal cases of substance abusers, restoring lives and preventing future arrests.
In January 2016, Veteran Deric Baser graduated from VTC after serving in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2012, including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantryman. Baser entered VTC in 2013 at age 26. During the program, Baser was successfully able to regain his sobriety, repair relationships with family, start working and even launch his own business at the time of his VTC graduation. In January 2017, one year later, Tammy Westcott, VTC Program Director, received this update from District Judge Rebecca Nightingale: “Deric Baser just dropped by to visit me. Deric started his own company around graduation time and has been operating about a year. The company just merged with another company and he is experiencing success. Thank you to the [VTC/CSC] team who served Deric Baser. The patience it took for him to work out his addiction issues was all worth it. Deric’s success is why you all work so hard.”
In 2016, 46 veterans including Baser graduated from CSC’s Veterans Treatment Court.
Colleen Ayres-Griffin recently retired after 15 years of service with the Community Service Council. In this time, Colleen provided leadership across numerous CSC programs and initiatives, such as Tulsa Healthy Start, Family Health Coalition, Child Trafficking Task Force, behavioral health and veterans services, and was CSC’s premier presenter on the Bridges Out of Poverty awareness training.
Within the community, Colleen’s accomplishments were also far reaching, serving as Executive Director of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program, opening the Women’s Treatment Center, serving as a Tulsa Area United Way Partner Agency representative, and staying very active in children and adults’ behavioral health initiatives. More so, Colleen was a faculty member at University of Phoenix, a private therapist, and a mentor to many in Tulsa.
Colleen doesn’t plan to just retire…..she is busy cultivating new roles as a community volunteer, with a particular focus on her unbounded love of animals. We will miss you, Colleen, and wish you all the best in your retirement!
The January 2017 issue of Tulsa Kidsmagazine shines a spotlight on several underlying and pervasive issues affecting the affordability and accessibility of childcare for many Tulsa families. Both Karen Smith, Director of CSC’s Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), and Melinda Belcher, CCRC’s Resource and Referral Coordinator, were quoted in the feature article, discussing the difficulties many families face when it comes to finding quality and affordable child care. Read the article in Tulsa World >
CSC’s Child Care Resource Center is excited to announce that the Toy Lending and Resource Library will be moving to a new location at 16 E. 16th Street in the Main Square Towers. The library will now be positioned on the first floor of Tower 2 and is accessible through the door facing Baltimore Avenue under the green awning that says “Community Service Council.” This is the same location where CCRC holds many of its trainings.
Because of this move, the Toy Lending and Resource Library will be closed from December 22nd through February 6th, and is set to reopen on Tuesday, February 7.
The latest report from Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Educational Leadership, featured the work of CSC’s Center for Community School Strategies (formerly TACSI) in creating strong connections between early childhood systems and Community Schools, and in developing a birth through age eight strategy. The IEL report is titled Patterns of Practice: Case Studies of Early Childhood Education & Family Engagement in Community Schools, which highlights efforts in nine different communities, including Tulsa. A link to Tulsa’s section can be found in the Table of Contents or on page 53. Read the IEL Report >
CSC’s Family Health Coalition is sponsoring a 56-seat bus to the Women’s March on Oklahomain Oklahoma City on Saturday, Jan. 21, to advocate for women’s continues access to health care. The march is not meant to be a protest, but an opportunity to bring diverse groups together in solidarity around human rights issues—and specifically the work of CSC’s Family Health Coalition which focuses on prevention, health and wellness, early development and medical neighborhood development.
For more information, please visit the official March on OklahomaFacebook page >
Please take note of the pinned post at the top as it spells out the purpose and guidelines including non-partisanship, non-violence and that the march is primarily to express our support for women’s rights and human rights in our communities and the country, rather than to criticize politicians or political parties.
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
On January 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, will present a multidisciplinary training on human trafficking in Oklahoma entitled Oklahoma United: Bringing Human Trafficking Out of the Shadows.The event will be held at OU Schusterman Center in Tulsa. Cost is $25 with lunch provided.
Click here to learn more about the event or to register.
Tuesday – Jan. 31st, 2017
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Indian Health Care Resource Center
550 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74120
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.