Family Health Coalition

Optimizing the health and well-being of women, infants and families

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 optimizing the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families through broad-based community engagement and advocacy within a local system of health education, prevention services and community support to eliminate health disparities.

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News & Highlights

Coming Up! Building Foundations Fatherhood Conference, May 1 – 3, 2017

March 2017: FHC was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the March of Dimes to support and expand educational opportunities for membership. Additionally, CSC staff members Laura Ross-White and Kendal McKitrick will hold leadership positions for March of Dimes at the State Level.
January 2017: 
On Jan. 18, we provided a free ethics training in collaboration with OU SoonerHAN for people who support and work with transgender youth. More than 300 professionals filled the OU-Tulsa Perkins Auditorium for the event, receiving ethics CEUs for Nursing, Social Work and LPC. Click here for the presentation slides >
January 2017: FHC sponsored a 56-seat bus to the Women’s March on Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Saturday, Jan. 21, to advocate for women’s continues access to health care.
December 2016:
 Honoring 30 years of collaboration in maternal child health, FHC team members Laura Ross-White, MSW, Jan Figart, DHA, RN, and Kendal McKitrick, BSW have been selected as presenters at the 2017 Association of Maternal Child Health Professionals annual conference held March 4-7, 2017 in Kansas City.
December 2016: The Family Health Coalition was selected through a competitive process for the 2nd Collective Impact Learning Collaborative with CityMatCH. FHC was one of 10 organizations to participate in a three-year federally funded Collective Impact Learning Collaborative aimed at developing capacity at the community level for implementing collective impact strategies for maternal child health priorities.
November 2016: March of Dimes’ Prematurity Awareness Report Card Release for Tulsa County showed Tulsa County has an 11.7% preterm birth rate compared to Oklahoma’s statewide rate of 10.3%, earning Tulsa an “F” grade and Oklahoma a “C”grade in the March of Dimes 2015 Premature Birth Report Card. Event flyer >
 October 2016: Our 3rd Annual Empowering Oklahoma’s Women Conference was Oct. 27 at OU-Tulsa. This year’s event focused on Postpartum Depression, the Two-Generation Approach and Fatherhood Engagement. Slides >

Educational Videos

May 2016: Infant Mortality Video 
November 2015: Maternal Mortality Video
September 2015: Fatherhood Coalition Video 
September 2015: Healthy Women, Healthy Futures Video

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Laura Ross-White, MSW

This initiative aligns with CSC’s overall strategic plan.  Learn How

Our Work

Serving as a hub for maternal, child and family health organizations, we are committed to optimizing the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families through broad-based community engagement and advocacy within a local system of health education, prevention services and community support to eliminate health disparities.

The Family Health Coalition offers a variety of training and educational opportunities, all at no charge and open to the community. Continuing Education Units are available for Social Work, Registered Nursing, and LPC when appropriate. Trainings include:

  • Family Health Coalition General Coalition
  • Community Health Action Network (CHAT)
  • Community Health Action Network+ (CHATPLUS)
  • Empowering Oklahoma Women
  • Special Trainings and Events



Our Partners

Tulsa Fetal Infant Mortality Review
Healthy Women, Healthy Futures
Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Take Control Initiative
Tulsa Health Department: Healthy Start
Community Service Council: Healthy Start
Community Action Project
Tulsa Health Department: Maternal Child Health
Tulsa County Wellness Partnership
Parent Pro
Margaret Hudson Program
Children’s First
Turning Point Partnership
Fatherhood Coalition
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Morningcrest Health Library
Oklahoma Family Network
Sprouts Child Development Initiative
Child Care Resource Center
Center for Community School Strategies
Power of Families Project
Indian Health Care Resource Center
2-1-1 Helpline
University of Oklahoma: College of Nursing
Youth Services of Tulsa
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Tulsa Transit
Tulsa Housing Authority
Pathways to Health

Current Priorities

Connection of individuals to a Patient Centered Medical Home
Reduction of Infant Mortality
Reduction of Maternal Mortality
Improve the health and wellness of women
Promotion of child development screenings and interventions
Supporting caregiver relationships, early attachment, and bonding
Reduction of teen pregnancy

Recent Results

150 attendees at the 2nd Annual Empowering Oklahoma’s Women Conference
63 maternal child health professional attendees at Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s policy forum
2015 Turning Point Partnership Community Champion Award in Behavioral Health for the Healthy Women, Healthy Futures program
Recipient of 2016 Healthy Tomorrows funding award
35+ unique trainings offered through the FHC General Coalition, CHAT-TI, and special presentations
350+ individuals reached during the September 2015 Community Baby Shower

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