Healthy Women, Healthy Futures Oklahoma (HWHF) is an evidence-based practice founded in 2008 that focuses on underserved populations with the highest birthrates and disparities in maternal and child health. HWHF is based in Life Course Theory (LCT), which addresses the importance of early programming to one’s future health and development through both intergenerational programming (a woman’s pre-pregnancy health) and prenatal programming (in utero).
We focus on reducing participants’ risk factors, which diminish health, and improving their protective factors by improving their access to primary care and other health services, and through health education, referral and care coordination.
To ensure that health promotion is provided in a manner that is culturally appropriate, culturally responsive and preserves cultural integrity, HWHF trains and supervises community peer educators:
We also subcontract with the Community Service Council’s (CSC) Healthy Startinitiative to provide Behavioral Health Care Coordination and Interconception Case Management to women and children enrolled in the Healthy Start program. Both CSC’s and Tulsa Health Department’s Healthy Start programs use HWHF’s health promotion materials to educate their participants.
ASSESSMENT– of women’s pre-pregnancy risk factors, including social determinants of health and family environment, and of infant and toddler’s social and physical development
EDUCATION– health promotion classes provided in one of three languages (English, Spanish, Zopaw/Zomi (a Burmese dialect)) to address women’s physical, emotional, social and financial health risks
CONNECTION – through referrals to medical homes, community services and resources