Pathways to Health has awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to fund projects in Tulsa County that align with the goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan.
The award recipients are: City of Broken Arrow, Casa de la Cultura, Tulsa County Parks Department, Tulsa Pythian Manor Tenant Association, Broken Arrow Neighbors, North Tulsa Community Coalition, Tulsa Health Department, Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab and YWCA Tulsa.
- City of Broken Arrow plans to purchase 66 bicycle route signs to be installed along the routes shown in the GO Plan. The goal of the signs are to enable and encourage cyclists and pedestrians to travel safely through the neighborhoods.
- Casa de la Cultura will improve a pedestrian underpass, which connects East Tulsa to all of the amenities and services west of US-169.
- Tulsa County Parks Department plans to supply fresh produce to residents in North Tulsa by building a community garden an O’Brien Park.
- Tulsa Pythian Manor Tenant Association will provide a cooking program and weekly meal kits, which includes all ingredients measured and prepped, to help residents overcome barriers to cooking.
- Broken Arrow Neighbors is working to establish a Vision Care Clinic within its facility. The P2H awards will help the cost of starting up the new vision care program.
- North Tulsa Community Coalition along with other partners is hosting a bike camp at Chamberlain Park. The goal of the event is for children to utilize trails of the Chamberlain Park, gain confidences in riding bikes in their community and develop healthy relationships with their peers.
- Tulsa Health Department and community partners will host the fifth annual Community Baby Shower. The goal of the event is to educate 150 pregnant women about the factors contributing to infant mortality and to connect families to local parenting support agencies/women’s health providers.
- Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab will offer an after-school program for students at Eugene Field and Clinton West elementary schools. At each school, Discovery Lab educations will facilitate four STEM or health and wellness for eight weeks.
- YWCA Tulsa hopes to bring the Run Jump Throw to McKinley Elementary as an after-school program. Run Jump Throw is an evidence-based program to address the trend of reduced physical activity among
“This month we gave $20,000 to our community partners – our biggest grant give to date. Pathways to Health wanted to incentivize community partners who are working on the Community Health Improvement Plan and help them reach their goals,” said Leslie Carroll, Pathways to Health board member.“Oftentimes it takes small seed grants to move the work forward.”
The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) addresses the health priorities of a community. It provides an action plan, creates community vision, and targets necessary resources to increase health. The Public Health Accreditation Board defines the CHIP as a long-term, systematic strategy, to address public health issues based on the information collected from the Community Health Assessment.
“The board selected local projects that aligned with the Community Health Improvement Plan, had the broadest reach, and had the potential to leverage other funds in the community,” Carroll said.