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 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.
On May 31, Jan Figart, DHA, MS, RN, Associate Director and Senior Planner in Maternal and Child Health at the Community Service Council, resigned after 17 years to focus on new endeavors in her nursing career. Her dedication to improving health outcomes had a tremendous impact on our community.
Her numerous efforts at CSC included the development of community collaboratives, shared governance models for population health activities, staff support for coalitions, program development, grant writing, program evaluation, presentation and analysis of community trends and quality assurance.
While at CSC, Jan focused her energies on issues impacting women, children, and families in the Tulsa community. She has provided leadership to the Tulsa Healthy Start Initiative, early childhood initiatives, health information technology and services for the uninsured. Jan’s accomplishments have been acknowledged by many local, state and national organizations, including a Nursing Leadership Award from Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Delta Chapter; Oklahoma Nurses Association, Nursing Impact on Public Policy Award; the Dan Allen Center Social Justice Leadership Award; and the American Red Cross with a Humanitarian Award.
We wish Jan all the best. She will be missed at CSC!
Tammy Westcott, Director for CSC’s Tulsa County COURTS Programs and Reduced Incarcerations Division, has been recognized as a national leader in Drug Court programming, and will be serving in several regional and national leadership and training roles outside of Tulsa County in the near future.
In June, Tammy was selected by the National Drug Court Institute, located in Alexandria, Va., to serve as faculty member for upcoming national Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court trainings.
This July, Tammy will lead training sessions at the National Drug Court Conference in Washington, D.C.
In August, Tammy will provide onsite training and consultation for a team in Anoka, Minn. as they launch a Drug Court program for their community.
And this September, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has invited Tammy to be a speaker at the 2017 State Specialty Court Conference.
Tammy has been instrumental in strengthening the Drug/DUI, Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Court dockets within the Tulsa County COURTS Program. CSC is very proud of the acknowledgement her expertise and dedication is receiving at the regional and national levels.
Tammy Westcott serves as Director of CSC’s COURTS Program and Reduced Incarcerations Division
Learn more about CSC’s COURTS Program >
On Saturday, June 10th, CSC’s Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Corps hosted a Picnic at the Partners for Heroes Overlook on Lake Skiatook. Approximately 80 people attended, including veterans, their families and their mentors.
The purpose of this picnic was to celebrate the mentor-mentee relationship and encourage more veterans to engage in mentor and peer support programs.
Matching veterans with local volunteer veteran mentors is a primary component of CSC’s Veterans Treatment Court work, and a key factor in the success of program participants.
Veterans Picnic at Lake Skiatook on June 10
On Thurs., June 1, Tulsa’s 2 Works for You station and co-sponsors the Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux Law Firm and Rib Crib hosted a one day Food 2 Families food drive in front of the 2 Works for You studios.
The mission was to collect food for veterans in CSC’s BRRX4VETS program and The Coffee Bunker, a former CSC initiative. Both organizations aim to serve those who have served our country, ensuring programs and supports are in place to care for warriors and their families. The food drive also benefited the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
BRRX4Vets is a rapid re-housing program funded by the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant. BRRX4Vets uses the housing first model to provide temporary intervention and short term assistance to low-income veteran families who are homeless or facing eviction.
Thank you for the tremendous and generous support of these organizations for producing this food drive to benefit local veterans.
The Community Service Council in partnership with the City of Tulsa has been chosen to be one of the first cities in the country to create an Equality Indicators Tool under the guidance of the City University of New York (CUNY) Institute for State and Local Governance with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation.
CSC will work with the City of Tulsa to create the framework relative to Tulsa-specific disadvantaged populations and equality gaps. By becoming an Equality Indicators City, Tulsa will have the tools to develop realistic targets and specific interventions for reducing inequalities at the local and neighborhood level based on data. Through the process, Tulsa can also design policy solutions to address the greatest inequalities.
“This grant is another important national partnership for Tulsa as we work to ensure that no matter what area of town you live in, everyone has the same access to education and health needs that are vital to the quality of life of Tulsans,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This grant will be an initial step in the use of data to address racial disparities that exist in Tulsa today.”
The primary focuses will be: education, health, housing and racial justice disparities. CSC has a long history as a leader in confronting challenges in the areas of focus and will be the primary organization to compile the data that will be used for solution-oriented approaches to make Tulsa a better place for all.
“We’re very excited to take the lead with the City of Tulsa on what we expect to become an annual barometer of equality in our region,” said Kevin Burr, CEO, Community Service Council. “Building this tool to measure disparities in Tulsa can guide policy decisions as well as work efforts across a spectrum of organizations.”
The City intends to utilize the equality indicators data that will be collected and analyzed by CSC to demonstrate the commitment, transparency and accountability to citizens regarding the efforts underway to improve the conditions for underserved Tulsans. The City also hopes to establish a citywide baseline and dashboard to evaluate progress toward a more equitable community.
Mayor Bynum, the Tulsa Resilience Office and the Community Service Council applied for the grant in April 2017 and the City and CSC expects to have an initial findings report completed this winter.
CSC and community partners have begun developing a cutting-edge coordinated referral network for veterans in Eastern Oklahoma called Oklahoma Veteran Connections. This network will increase and expedite veterans’ access to healthcare, human and social services, while preventing negative outcomes like homelessness or long-term unemployment.
Oklahoma Veteran Connections will also connect veterans with veterans, promoting healthy relationships among those who have served in our country’s military.
To develop the technology for this critical initiative, CSC has enlisted the services of New York-based software company Unite US to create an aligned referral and support system of Oklahoma veteran organizations that will allow real-time sharing of client information.
According to the Census Bureau, there were just under 300,000 veterans living in Oklahoma in 2015. Of those, 4% were unemployed, hundreds were homeless, and more than 23,000 were earning below the poverty level, and 94,000 had a disability.
The Oklahoma Veteran Connection will help agencies and those serving veterans to significantly improve their ability to connect veterans to services including housing, employment and healthcare. The system’s software will enable real-time understanding of the effectiveness of those referrals, creating full visibility among all network members to more effectively serve veterans.
Currently, many of Oklahoma’s health and human service agencies serving veterans wish to have more advanced technology, partnerships and policies in place to adequately share information with each other.
Multiple partnerships and strategies are in development as the Oklahoma Veteran Connections breaks new ground toward its launch date of October 1, 2017.
THE ROAD TO 2020 CENSUS
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
TULSA CENTRAL LIBRARY
400 CIVIC CENTER, TULSA 74103
How Communities Can Prepare – 9:30 to 11:30 am
Community Dialogue – 2:00 – 4:30 pm
RSVP HERE >
The Census Information Center (CIC) of Eastern Oklahoma, a program of CSC, INCOG and the City of Tulsa, in partnership with the US Census Bureau Denver Region, are hosting two events on Tuesday, June 27 in preparation for Census 2020. Both events will be held at the Tulsa Central Library.
The morning event is titled “The Road to 2020 Census – How Communities Can Prepare.” The second event is “The Road to 2020 Census – Community Dialogue.”
The events are being held to ensure an accurate census count is obtained for the Tulsa community in 2020. During the How Communities Can Prepare event, city managers and mayors, city/county intergovernmental affairs, city/county planners, council of government staffs and others who will be preparing their communities for the 2020 Census will learn what their community needs to do now to get ready. The presentation will provide an early overview of the 2020 Census innovations, timeline, critical Geographic Program deadlines and Community Partnership and Engagement Program outreach plans.
Representatives from traditionally “hard-to-count” populations are invited to the Community Dialogue event, including the Hispanic, Muslim, Hmong, Burmese, Native American, African American, youth and homeless populations. Census Bureau representatives hope to learn from these community members what the Bureau can do to more effectively promote participation in the upcoming 2020 Census.
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade, communities take a count – or a census of America’s population. The Decennial Census, which has been taken every decade since 1790 as mandated by the Constitution, provides an important tally that helps to determine how many House seats are apportioned to each state in Congress, how congressional districts are drawn, and how federal funds are distributed to states.
In 2020, the Census Bureau is implementing innovations to make it easier than ever to respond to the Census. These events will educate participants on these changes, including the addition of an online participation option, more accurate address lists, and automated field operations.
Please email Melanie Poulter if you’d like to attend either event.