Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Awards Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® Grants to 11 Charitable Organizations Statewide
Tulsa, OK — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) announced today that it has awarded grants to 11 organizations across the state, through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) initiative.
"Through our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant program we are building important partnerships with non-profits to improve the health and wellness of Oklahomans," said Ted Haynes, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. "Investing in health focused programs allows us to live our company's purpose of being there for our community in sickness and in health. This year's recipients are helping Oklahomans of all ages, in every corner of the state, covering issues ranging from diabetes to mental health."
In 2015, HKHF received applications from organizations across the state. Each application was evaluated on the basis of impact, feasibility, capacity, collaboration and sustainability. All grant recipients are community partners that share BCBSOK's vision of improving the health and wellness of Oklahoma children and their families.
As a signature program of BCBSOK's community investments, HKHF was initially designed to improve the health status of at least one million children, a goal that was surpassed in the first few years of the program. HKHF is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in and partner with non-profit organizations that offer sustainable, measureable programs to reach children and their families in four key areas: nutrition, physical activity, preventing and managing disease, and supporting safe environments.
BCBSOK's collaboration with community organizations in 2015 include grants to:
- Latino Community Development Agency's Familias Saludables (Healthy Families) program to provide families with tools and skills to improve their health through nutrition, physical activity and preventive health measures.
- Mental Health Association of Oklahoma's expansion in the Oklahoma City community to provide housing assistance for individuals struggling with mental health issues and to support overall state programming.
- Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma's School Pantry System and Clinical Based Food Pantry System Pilot, which brings food assistance to older students similar to the Backpack for Kids program, as well as to launch pilot programs with health clinics to treat nutrition as a key element in disease management.
- Oklahoma Caring Foundation's efforts to bring additional dental health resources and services to the state through four partner Caring Van programs serving rural Oklahoma.
- Community Health Centers, Inc.'s Diabetes Action Project that works with clients in rural Oklahoma County to encourage testing and healthy behaviors that prevent the escalation and complications associated with diabetes.
Other grantees include:
- CATCH Global Foundation — Western Oklahoma CATCH Coordinated School Health Initiative
- Emergency Infant Services — Food and Formula Project
- Girls on the Run of Southern Oklahoma, Inc. — Operational Support
- Oklahoma State Department of Health — FITNESSGRAM for Oklahoma Public Schools
- University of Oklahoma Foundation — Wavelengths: Transition Program for Young Adults with Diabetes