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.
CSC’s Family Health Coalition recently produced awareness buttons (below) to advocate for the rights of breastfeeding mothers and the health benefits of breastfeeding. CSC Intern Benjamin Greeley designed the buttons, which he submitted to Graphex, a local annual design competition and awards ceremony.
Among 450 submissions, our buttons won an award under the print category. Congratulations Family Health Coalition team and designer Benjamin!
On Wed., May 10, CSC’s Abode Initiative hosted a half-day information session for Tulsa-based property managers titled Making Vouchers Work For You,which outlined the benefits of accepting Housing Choice Vouchers.
The event, held at the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors, featured speakers from Community Service Council initiatives, Tulsa Housing Authority, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Topics ranged from successful landlord and tenant relationships, passing housing quality standards inspections, housing support for veterans, and an introduction to fair housing law.
More than 25 property managers from across Tulsa attended the event.
This spring, CSC’s Tulsa Reentry One-Stop program was recognized and celebrated by two separate organizations: CoreCivic honored the dedication of Reentry volunteer mentor Charles Bedford, and Goodwill of Tulsa honored the inspirational success of Reentry participant Connie Laney-Golden.
Tulsa Reentry One-Stop is a program designed to break the cycle of incarceration by assisting men and women returning to Tulsa from prison along their path of reintegration, a critical mission for this community. Oklahoma has the second highest incarceration rate in the nation, and 24% of formerly incarcerated individuals in Tulsa return to prison.
Through development of career pathways in high demand occupations and integrated support services, Reentry program participants are given a road map to successful reintegration.
This May, Reentry program participant Connie Laney-Golden received the Goodwill Industries of Tulsa Achiever of the Year award for her tremendous success. After being incarcerated five times, Laney-Golden chose to turn her life around with support and guidance from a pilot program between CSC’s Tulsa Reentry One-Stop and Goodwill Tulsa Works Career Academy. Watch her story motivational here >
Additionally, Reentry program volunteer Charles Bedford was honored by CoreCivic, a national full-service corrections management provider, in joint celebration of National Volunteer Week and National Reentry Week. Bedford was featured for his dedication to helping former inmates reconnect with their lives outside of prison, and find the resources they need to be successful.
On Friday, Apr. 28, 79 individuals formerly facing prison time graduated from CSC’s COURTS Program as an alternative to incarceration. The event was held at OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. This was the largest graduating class since the program’s 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.
Using court-supervised treatment in selected non-violent felony offenses, the program strives to successfully address addictions and improve lives, prevent repeat offenses, and save public funds that would have gone to the prison system.
The individuals who graduated this April 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.
CSC’s COURTS graduations are held once every quarter, and are free and open to the public. Learn more about CSC’s COURTS Program >
On Apr. 21, Dr. Su An Phipps, CSC Program Director for our Healthy Women, Healthy Futures-Oklahoma initiative, was awarded the Nursing Research Award by the Oklahoma Nursing Association (ONA) District 2 at a luncheon held at Tulsa Community College.
According to ONA, Dr. Phipps received the award for her significant impact on nursing practice through the use of research as a basis for practice innovation. Specifically, Dr. Phipps was honored for her decades of work devoted to improving Oklahoma’s dismal statistics for at-risk mothers and infants.
ONA commemorated Dr. Phipps’ research upon her receipt of the award, stating she “has made a positive impact on health disparities in Oklahoma, by reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.”
In February 2017, Dr. Phipps was also honored with The Women of the Year Pinnacle Award, given in partnership between the YWCA and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Congratulations Dr. Phipps!
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 Power of Families Project in partnership with Camp Fire Green Country and Juntos Se Puede Program is hosting a Picnic En Familia, or Family Picnic, on Saturday, May 13 from 10 am to 3 pm at Camp Tookaboochee, 20904 E. 11th St. Tulsa, OK 74108
All are invited to this fun and informative community-oriented outing for families.