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The health of a community can be determined, in some measure, by the health of its babies. The United States ranks well below other industrialized and some developing countries in the rate of babies who die before their first birthday. Oklahoma ranks poorly in most indicators of maternal and infant health.

In 1987, the Community Service Council formed the Family Health Coalition (originally named the Tulsa Area Coalition on Perinatal Care) to address access to prenatal care and poor birth outcomes. The Family Health Coalition is committed to working together through broad-based community representation to optimize the health and well-being of uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid enrolled women of childbearing age, infants and families by establishing a system of universal and comprehensive quality health education, prevention, services and support. Read about the Coalition's history and accomplishments.

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New website sponsored by Family Health Coalition, for people who have recently gotten health insurance

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Looking back...


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The National Quality Forum conducted a site visit on March 3 to review the community planning surrounding the maternity medical home concept of the Healthy Start and Family Health Coalition. The visit included guests Elisa Munthali, Senior Program Director, National Quality Forum; Charlie Homer, MD, President and CEO of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality; Marcia Wilson, Program Director, National Quality Forum; and Renee Fraiser, Healthy Memphis Common Table (by phone). The NQF develops performance measures to achieve the triple aim--improved quality, cost efficiency and reaching the total population. Laura Ross-White coordinated the event.


Roni Christopher, Executive Director, HealthSpan Solutions was in Tulsa December 3rd, 2014 to make a presentation: "Pursuing the 3Cís in Perinatal Care: Communication, Coordination, Community." Her response to "What do you hope people take away from this today?" is here

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Family Health Coalition hosted Roni Christopher, M.Ed., OTR/L, PCMH-CCE, in sponsorship from the Thomas Jefferson School of Public Health. Roni met with perinatal leadership from across Tulsa to assist in developing strategic approaches to growing the perinatal infrastructure in Tulsa from a Collective Impact framework. Attendees included staff from: Tulsa Health Department, Take Control Initiative, Children's First, OU College of Nursing, Community Service Council, Turning Point Partnerships, Tulsa County Wellness Partnership, Parent Pro, Child Care Resource Center, and the Sprouts Child Development Initiative. Roni will further be working with the Family Health Coalition in its deployment of their 5-year Strategic Plan focused on the integration of community-based maternal child health efforts into the medical neighborhood.


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