On July 11, CSC kicked off the first public strategy session in preparation for the installment of Oklahoma’s first coordinated referral network focused on veterans, called Oklahoma Veteran Connections. More than 70 partners and service providers attended the strategy session held at the Tulsa Area United Way to learn more about implementing this 360-degree referral process to improve delivery of services to veterans and their families.
A representative from Unite Us, New York-based technology firm providing the cutting-edge infrastructure behind Oklahoma Veteran Connections, provided in-depth training on network logistics and implementation steps. Unite Us has implemented similar coordinated referral networks in 14 other communities across the country.
CSC is driving the momentum behind the development of the Oklahoma Veteran Connections network in an effort to transform systems of service delivery for veterans in a community-owned, collaborative manner. CSC is currently working with community partners to define priorities and next steps so that the network can successfully unify service providers across Eastern Oklahoma to seamlessly create and receive referrals while easily tracking outcomes.
“The Community Service Council is strongly committed to leveraging the latest innovations in technology to unite veteran service providers across the region to greatly improve outcomes for Oklahoma’s veterans,” said Kevin Burr, CSC’s Chief Executive Officer.
Several organizations have stepped out to publicly endorse Oklahoma Veteran Connections, including City of Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, the Oklahoma Department of Disabled American Veterans, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.
A follow up session is scheduled for Aug. 29, 2017 with the network launch date slated for Oct. 1, 2017.