Pathways to Health has awarded seven local organizations with $1,000 grants to fund projects that address health disparities in Tulsa County.
The award recipients are: Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP), Indian Nation Council of Governments (INCOG), River Parks, Emerson Montessori Foundation, Inc., R.I.S.E., Challenger 7 Park Community Garden and Food Forest and the Tulsa Health Department’s Community Baby Shower.
- CAP’s Early Childhood Program provides health services, developmental screenings and connections to community health resources to children under five years old and their families. The program will purchase Spot Vision Screeners to screen children as young as six months old.
- INCOG is seeking to fix and repaint the crosswalks on the intersection of 21st Street and Garnett Road to encourage residents of East Tulsa to walk and cycle.
- River Parks plans to purchase an Eco-Counter, which will allow the organization to know how many people use its trails system. This quantifiable data will give River Parks the opportunity to improve and expand the uses of the trail system and further improve and provide opportunities for change in the social determinants of health in Tulsa.
- Emerson Montessori Foundation, Inc. helps support an outdoor learning experience on the 15-acre property at Emerson Elementary School, a Title 1 school located in an urban area north of downtown Tulsa. The non-profit organization plans to promote and demonstrate healthy, sustainable farming and eating to children and the community.
- R.I.S.E. is a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life and removing systemic inequality for the residents of low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, specifically North Tulsa. The organization will partner with Tisdale23 Catering and Event Planning to facilitate an education series on shopping and cooking for a healthier lifestyle.
- Challenger 7 Park Community Garden & Food Forest is located in a West Tulsa desert and will produce fruit, vegetables, herbs and berries in spring 2018. The P2H award will help purchase tools and resources for the garden.
- The Tulsa Health Department and community partners will host the fourth annual Community Baby Shower in 2018. The goal of the event is to educated 250 pregnant women and their family members about the factors contributing to infant mortality as well as connect them to local parenting support agencies and women’s health providers.
“The board selected local projects that had the largest impact and broadest reach while also addressing social determinants of health in Tulsa County,” said Leslie Carroll, Pathways to Health chair.
The social determinants of health are the conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
“It is important to recognize community work that improves social, economic, and physical conditions in Tulsa County,” Carroll said. “We are honored to award these organizations with funding that will make Tulsa a healthier place to live, work, and play.