Family Health Coalition
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.
The Coalition's current work includes:
- Training Institute: CHAT-TI
- 2015 Strategic Plan
- Tulsa County Wellness Partnership
- Social marketing campaigns - videos, podcasts, publications
- Training for professionals in maternal/infant health
- Bridges Out of Poverty training
The Coalition is a participating partner in:
- Tulsa Healthy Start
- Tulsa Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)
- Pathways to Health
- Healthcare Transformation
Recommended information sources:
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Family health
- Institute of Medicine Report: Clinical Preventive Services for Women
New website sponsored by Family Health Coalition, for people who have recently gotten health insurance
New, September 2015:
- Tulsa Fatherhood Coalition video by Matt Phipps
- Healthy Women, Healthy Futures video introduces the great work that HWHF is doing--changing lives by helping women achieve healthy child birth through education, home visits, and medical intervention. This program has won the 2015 Community Champion Award from Turning Point!
- 2015 FHC Newsletters - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August
- 2014 FHC Newsletters - January, February, March, April, June, July, August, September, November, December
- 2013 FHC Newsletters - January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- 2012 FHC Newsletters - January, February, March, May, July, August, September, October, November
- 2012 Free Clinic Coalition directory and cover
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.
View the full agenda HERE
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Laura Ross-White, firstname.lastname@example.org
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