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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Awards Grants Across Oklahoma

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) has awarded grants to 14 organizations from across the state, through the 2019 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) initiative.

HKHF is part of an ongoing commitment to support in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in four key areas:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Physical activity
  3. Preventing and managing disease
  4. Supporting safe environments

“There are many organizations that are making positive changes in the health of Oklahomans. Our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant program allows us to support these successful efforts,” said Joseph Cunningham, M.D., president of BCBSOK. “Partnering with organizations from all over Oklahoma means a healthier future for the state.”

The HKHF grant program received numerous applications and each was carefully evaluated on impact, feasibility, capacity, collaboration and sustainability. All 14 grant recipients are community partners that share BCBSOK’s vision of improving the health and wellness of Oklahoma’s children and their families.

The 2019 BCBSOK HKHF grant recipients include:

  • Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council Inc. will increase their children’s asthma management program by offering virtual visits.
  • The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges will offer a summer camp for children and youth with physical disabilities in their new adaptive sports facility.
  • Hearts for Hearing will expand their core service, the Hear from the Start program, for pediatric patients in northeastern Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Services’ Safe Sleep and Safe Travel for Babies & Toddlers program, will offer safe sleep equipment and car seats to referred families.
  • Latino Community Development Agency’s Clinica de la Mujer Latina will offer breast and cervical cancer education, screening, referrals and comprehensive patient navigation for Latina women.
  • Oklahoma Caring Foundation will offer HPV vaccines and dental outreach throughout the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Metro areas.
  • Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board Foundation’s Tribal Public Health Academy will focus on improving physical activity in American Indian and Alaska Native youth through participation in traditional activities.
  • Oklahoma City Community College Foundation’s Investing in Student Success, Health, and Wellness will support the development of faculty in health professions and addressing food insecurity among their student population through the launch of a campus food bank
  • Oklahomans For Equality Inc.(OkEq) to support funding for a full-time medical service coordinator to facilitate a collaboration with medical schools, community clinics, physicians and other medical personnel to address LGBTQ health disparities and to educate area medical personnel about LGBTQ-specific health concerns.
  • Palomar: Oklahoma City Family Justice Center Inc.’s (OCFJC) Camp HOPE Oklahoma City for children exposed to domestic violence to participate in healthy and healing programs.
  • ReMerge of Oklahoma County Inc.’s Celebrating Families program to expand implementation of an evidence-based 16-week curriculum that addresses the needs of children and parents in families that have experienced addiction.
  • Tulsa Children's Museum for the Collaboration Area Structure and Storage for the Imagination Playground and Rigamajig resources previously donated by BCBOKS at the new facility at the Gathering Place.
  • University of Tulsa’s Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship Training Project to support Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows work with vulnerable children and families in the Tulsa area.
  • Youth Services of Tulsa to continue substance abuse counseling services for youth.

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