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.
The Power of Families Project, an extension of CSC’s Center for Community School Strategies, serves as a catalyst for building successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who are not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language is not English. Since 2015, our team of Promotoras have served 180 families.
Our Power of Families Project utilizes a Promotora model, which is a lay community advisor who receives specialized training to provide basic information in the community. Promotoras serve as liaisons between their neighborhood, schools and community based organizations, serving families as an advocate, educator, mentor and outreach worker. Through trusting relationships, Promotoras help increase families’ knowledge of resources and develop social networks within their child’s school, all of which help create necessary equitable opportunities for the successful development of Latino children.
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. Read CSC’s Data Blast >
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. Learn More >
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 initiative Healthy Women, Healthy Futures-Oklahoma (HWHF-OK) has recently been awarded a $60,000 grant by Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, a program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association of Oklahoma. While HWHF’s focus in on women’s pre-pregnancy health in order to prevent poor maternal and infant birth outcomes, by reaching mothers HWHF shares several of the Healthy Families, Healthy Kids goals. These goals include improving the health children and their families through disease prevention, physical activity, nutrition, disease management and supporting safe environments.
Children’s Consortium, a children’s advocacy group coordinated by CSC, hosted a legislative breakfast at Indian Health Care Resource Center on Thursday, December 15. Thirty-six legislative leaders from the Tulsa Metropolitan Area attended this event, led by keynote speaker Mayor G.T. Bynum. Other speakers included Kevin Burr, CEO of Community Service Council, Mike Brose, Executive Director of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Carmelita Skeeter, Executive Director of Indian Health Care Resource Center, Emily Shipley, Government Affairs Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of Tulsa Health Department, Vanessa Wofford from Family and Children’s Services, and Steve Lewis, Lobbyist for the Children’s Consortium. The theme of the event focused on encouraging legislators to ask themselves before any action or decision: “Is it good for Oklahoma’s kids?”
Above: Kevin Burr, Senator Joe Newhouse, and Carmelita Skeeter at the event.
On Thursday, Dec. 9, CSC hosted a training for a packed room of child care workers on gang prevention and intervention, a responsibility now spreading beyond police officers to early childhood professionals. Richard Harris of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau conducted the training, which he also presents to law enforcement groups. Harris and CSC leadership believe more resources should go into preventing children from joining gangs, and that a first step in this is to train early childhood educators on gang identification and suppression methods. See the feature on Oklahoma’s Own NewsOn6 >
Richard Harris, Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, trains early childhood educators on gang prevention.
CSC presents this training featuring Taylor Burns, LCSW, Laura Arrowsmith, MD, and Alyssa Bryant. Free ethics CEUs available for Nursing, Social Work and LPC.
January 18th, 2017, 1 – 4 pm
OU-Tulsa, Perkins Auditorium
4502 E. 41st Street, Tulsa 74135
On Thursday, January 19, 2017, CSC will convene a host of community advocates for a listening conference on systemic racism. As a convener in this effort, CSC ultimately seeks to help diminish the lingering effects of systemic racism by convening a network of groups and individuals committed to both the cause and one another.
Event Details >
Thursday, January 19, 2017
10 am – 12:30 pm
Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N. Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa
Complimentary lunch provided.
Tuesday – Jan. 31st, 2017
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Indian Health Care Resource Center
550 South Peoria, Tulsa, OK 74120
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.
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.