The Community Service Council’s Census Center of Eastern Oklahoma launched a new educational series earlier this year titled Health & Data Innovations: Using Data to Make Tulsa Healthier. The concept for this data-centered educational forum was developed in partnership with the Census INformation Center of Eastern Oklahoma’s Advisory Board, including representatives from Asemio, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Tulsa Health Department, OSU-Tulsa, OU Health Sciences Center, Tulsa Area United Way and YWCA. The series was sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and coordinated by the Community Service Council.
Each session took a look at how using and understanding data can help Tulsans live healthier lives. Topics included “The Impact of Housing on Pediatric Health” led by April Merrill, JD, Lead Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership Initiatives, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma; “New Hope for the Opioid Crisis” led by Gerard Clancy, MD, President, The University of Tulsa; “ACES and Trauma in Oklahoma: Recent Data & Promising Training and Workforce Preparation Partnerships” led by Julie E. Miller-Cribbs, MSW, PhD, Director & Oklahoma Medicaid Endowed Professor in Mental Health, The University of Oklahoma Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work; and “Metriarch: A Data Haven for Oklahoma Women” led by Laura Bellis, Executive Director, Take Control Initiative and Emma Swepston, MPA, Data & Policy Director, Take Control Initiative.
We look forward to continuing this special series and want to thank all our partners involved in bringing this concept to light so that we can continue to use data to improve Oklahomans’ lives.